The wrong verb

From a story in today’s New York Times by Richard W. Stevenson and Robin Toner (italics mine):

After weeks of political turmoil, capped by the indictment of a senior administration official, President Bush will try to give his second term a fresh start by naming a new conservative nominee to the Supreme Court and intensifying his drive to cut government spending, White House officials and other Republicans said.

Intensifying his drive to cut government spending?

George W. Bush has been the most financially profligate president since Lyndon Johnson.

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