Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bush Budget Cuts Eviscerate Middle-Class Programs

--$77 billion in funding cuts for Medicare and Medicaid over the next five years, and $280 billion over the next 10.”
--$223 million in funding cuts (4 percent decrease from this year’s levels) to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
--$4.9 billion, or 8 percent, cut in education, training, employment and social services” grants.
--$100 million cut for Head Start, which provides child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families.
--$2.4 billion cut in community and regional development grants — which often provide funding for low- and middle-income communities — to $16.5 billion from $18.9 billion.
--$400 million — 18 percent — cut in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, “which provides $2.2 billion to help people pay heating bills this year.”
-- $172 million — nearly 25 percent — cut in funding for housing for low-income seniors.

If there were an independent media in the USofA, these figures would be on every front-page of every legitimate newspaper in the fucking country...They would lead the evening news for the next innumerable weeks, they would occupy every fucking minute of punditical excess, they would be blazoned on blank walls, they would appear on lottery tickets, milk cartons, billboards...

More and more, the expedient of the Dime-Sized Hole becomes attractive and forgiveable...

h/t: swampy mcfeverish Homepage 02.06.07 - 11:54 am over at the Crack Den...he didn't supply and i don't have a site/link, but I'll put it up when I do...

1 comment:

Ruth said...

Please note that the supposed end of deficit by 2012 involves sleight of hand. He borrows the difference from Social Security and Medicare - that's your pocket he's picking - see my homepage.

And your agent in Houston? why, Ms. Nowak should do great.