Read the text below entitled "Budget Discipline" in order to answer question:Budget DisciplineSource: www.whitehouse.gov14th Jan 2008 (Adapted)A strong economy and significant revenue growth, combined with
better spending restraint, resulted in cutting the deficit in half in
2006 - three years ahead of the goal set forth by the President in 2004.
Building on this success, the President has now set a new goal to
achieve a balanced budget by 2012. A strong economy has been essential
to our deficit reduction achievements, and to reach a balanced budget,
steady economic growth is important. But it is also important to couple
growth with spending discipline.In the Budget, each
program was closely reviewed to determine if it is among the Nation's
top priorities and if the program is effective and producing the
intended results. Failure to meet these criteria resulted in the
proposed termination or reduction of 141 programs for a savings of $12.0
billion, a step that will help channel resources to more effective
programs. We have also increased resources for program integrity efforts
to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse - including improper payments to
ineligible recipients.In paragraph 2, the text refers to 141 programs which
a) are likely to be implemented over the next 5 years.
b) aim at saving $12.0 billion in the long term.
c) might be either reduced or called off.
d) focus on fighting waste, fraud and abuse.
e) are on the verge of being approved and funded.