Monday, February 07, 2005

New Budget Love for the Common Man

Let me see... so far as I have been able to glean from the news and the web the new Bush budget is making cuts in the following domestic programs, to name a few:

* Environmental protection
* American Indian schools
* Grants to local police agencies
* Grants to local fire fighters
* The National Park Service
* Home heating aid for the poor
* The Center for Disease Control
* Health programs, including those designed to respond to terrorist attacks
* Veterans Benefits
* Amtrak
* Medicaid
* Farm subsidies (Brad DeLong comments)

This is from a WaPo editorial
Between 2000 and 2003, the number of people living in poverty rose 14 percent. In 2003, the most recent year for which numbers are available, one out of every eight Americans was poor, a disproportionate number of them children. The number without health insurance was the highest on record; more Americans went hungry. The poorest fell further below the poverty line while the richest took home a greater share of national income than ever.

Here I am getting ready to break out in "The Star Spangled Banner" again.

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