Despite the freeze President Obama announced last night, the folks at Energy will have $65 billion to spend -- compared with a mere $26.6 billion when President Bush left office.
The Energy Department is one of the big winners in the Obama spending splurge, thanks to a one-two punch of last year's lavish budget handouts plus the huge federal stimulus package.
Another winner is the Environmental Protection Agency. From a $7.8 billion budget under Bush, its coffers grew by a whopping 35 percent in Obama's first budget, unveiled last February.
Add in the $7.2 billion from the stimulus, and the pollution-fighting agency's available funds will grow to $17.7 billion -- more than twice that under Bush.
The Department of Education, similarly, nearly tripled spending, from $46.2 billion under Bush to $127.8 billion.