Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Warning: Lame Budget Rant

Well, Bush has got a new budget, and everyone but the wealthy and the military are gonna take some bruises. In his $2.77 billion budget, Bush asks Congress to sharply cut or eliminate 141 government programs. Almost one-third of the targeted programs are in education, including ones that provide money to support the arts, vocational education, parent resource centers and drug-free schools. Bush plans on increasing funding for the military so that we can continue to fight unneccessary wars, and plans on trying to make his tax cuts permanent so that the wealthy can continue to get wealthier while the country's deficit continues to grow exponentially.
To quote the Washington Post, "As the president was taking office in January 2001, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal budget would run a surplus in excess of $5.6 trillion between 2002 and 2011. Now, after tax cuts, a terror attack, a recession and a war in Iraq that has proven far more expensive than the administration projected, the budget office predicts deficits for the five years starting Oct. 1 totaling more than $2.2 trillion."
Bush has had unexpected difficulties during his term in office- September 11th, an elective war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina to name a few- but his continued insistence upon creating new tax cuts and making them permanent is simply unrealistic in the face of these problems. Slashing the budget in ways which take away programs that are vital to millions of Americans so that the wealthiest members of our society might become more wealthy is immoral.


CrackBass said...

If you read this, and it pisses you off, please take them time to write your reps and senaors. Urge them to fight this budget. Don't know who they are? Try here.


JMD said...

Don't forget Hurricane Rita, as so many others seem to do.

The League said...

What is it they're calling it? Rita Amnesia?

Are there any recovery estimates for the greater Beaumont area?

CB said...

The administration calls this "savings". And when Bush said that 150 million would be spent on new fuel sorces, he really meant he would save 50 million. Last years budget had 200 million to new fuel.

Steanso said...

Sorry I left out Rita. I certainly didn't mean to. It was because of Hurrican Rita that I ended up babysitting two big ol' dogs in my backyard for the better part of a week (Dolly and Woody). They stayed with me after Mandy's brother, Justin, had to evacuate from his house in Beaumont. Scary times.