Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Big Boot of Government - More on Bush’s Appalling Budget Cuts

Is there no end to the take from poor mentality of the Bush administration? Evidently not.

So far it appears that almost every cut some how affects the low-income citizens of this country. And they say that they have more “values” than we do! I find these budget cuts to be appalling, absolutely appalling.

AP News is reporting that the “budget will propose slashing grants to local law enforcement agencies and cutting spending for environmental protection, American Indian schools and home-heating aid for the poor.”

The budget, the toughest he has written since entering the White House four years ago, seeks about half the increase for school districts in low-income communities he requested last year and a slight reduction for the National Park Service.

Among the cuts detailed are (edited from the AP report):
- Savings from programs ranging from Amtrak and farmers' subsidies to Medicaid.

- A slice from a $600 million grant program for local police agencies to $60 million next year. Grants to local firefighters, for which Congress provided $715 million this year, would fall to $500 million.

- Eliminate the $300 million the government gives to states for incarcerating illegal aliens who commit crimes. Also gone would be assistance for police departments to improve technology and their ability to communicate with other agencies.

- The Environmental Protection Agency's $8.1 billion would drop by $450 million, or about 6 percent, with most of the reductions coming in water programs and projects won by lawmakers for their home districts.

- The Bureau of Indians Affairs would be sliced by $100 million to $2.2 billion. The reduction would come almost entirely from the agency's effort to build more schools.

- The $2.2 billion program that provides low-income people — in large part the elderly — with home-heating aid would be cut to $2 billion.

- The park service's budget would drop nearly 3 percent to $2.2 billion, largely due to a reduction in its construction account.

In the 21st century when we should be lifting people up out of poverty, Bush is creating more and more poverty daily and making it more difficult for those who are low-income to survive on a day to day basis. What does this say to the children of low-income families that strive to teach their children that you can have a better life? It says, you are under my boot, the big boot of government and you are meaningless, that’s what it says.


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