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The Budget (sigh)

Okay, here we go.

Bush sent out his new best-seller, that’s right, the 2005 Budget. It is a disaster to say the least.

In the past, national budgets have cut anywhere from 40 to 50 Government programs and scaled back additional ones. Next year, according to Bush’s budget 150 Government programs will be getting the axe resulting in a 20 billion dollar savings. I know what your thinking. “Wow, that’s pretty good! Right?”

Wrong!

A 20 billion dollar savings barely makes a dent in the 400 billion dollar deficit. And for those of you who will try to argue that we are slowly chipping away and that in 5 year’s we’ll have a balanced budget, save your breath. The budget does not include projected additional expenses for the Iraqi or Afghan war nor does it allow for the proposed tax cuts. The budget doesn’t even include the substantial transition costs of privatizing Social Security.

The budget is not going to fly with Democrats or, for that matter, with republicans. Bush has to suck it up and realize that Democrats don’t impose taxes during a deficit because they hate America, it’s because they have to get out of debt and they know there aren’t enough expendable government programs to get out of debt. If we ever want to shake the deficit we need to pay more taxes. The people will reap the rewards in the long run.

CLICK HERE for a coprehensive breakdown of the ’05 Budget Proposal.
Courtesy of MSNBC

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February 7, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

3 Comments »

  1. what is your solution?

    Comment by Anonymous | February 7, 2005 | Reply

  2. Raise Taxes

    Comment by chris | February 7, 2005 | Reply

  3. here’s why I’m disappointed… let’s run through the changes…

    INCREASE in allotted spending:
    – Commerce
    – Defense
    – Homeland Security
    – State Department
    – Justice (barely)
    – Treasury
    – Veterans Affairs

    Okay, not bad, especially in our kind of world (one where military aspects are important)… but, I’m unhappy with this:

    DECREASE in allotted spending:
    – Agriculture (by 10%!)
    – Education!
    – ENERGY!
    – Environmental Protection Agency!
    – Health!
    – Housing
    – Interior
    – Labor!
    – Transportation

    Some of these are EXTREMELY important departments and cannot afford to be given *less* money. Energy’s budget was cut?! Come on, that’s just ridiculous. How do we ever expect to develop any alternative fuels?

    “[Bush] wants to spend $56 million to build what would be the first new nuclear power plant in the United States in three decades.” Wonderful.

    Comment by Stephen DK | February 8, 2005 | Reply


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