The President submitted his budget to Congress yesterday, and it's full of the kind of easter eggs only a plutocrat could love. Bush has asked to up the budgets for the war machine--even excluding the $80 billion he plans to ask for Iraq--while cutting back expenditures on farmers, families, and the poor. Oh, and the tax cuts stay right where they are. When Bush asks for sacrifice, he doesn't include ones that might affect major GOP donors. As Bush says, it's "a budget that sets priorities."
Here they are:
- Cutting $45 billion from Medicaid (that's the federal health plan for the poor)
- Drilling in ANWR
- Cut Environmental Protection Agency by 5.6%
- Make the $1.2 trillion in tax cuts (mostly to the rich) permanent
- Cut Agriculture Dept. spending by 9.6%, transportation 6.7%, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12.4%
- Increase Defense Dept. spending by 4.8% (raising it to a total of 38.6% increase over the past five years)
- Cut Housing and Urban Develpment by 11.7%
- Increase State Dept. funding by 15.7% (you think Colin would have gotten that much?)
- White House would reduce spending by 1.7%
- Increase the budget for abstinence propaganda in the schools by 530%
What do you think--are these the right priorities?