With resounding victories for progressives throughout the country yesterday it is time to turn our attention back to the ongoing struggles in this country today. In the midst of the Libby indictments and crumbling façade of the most corrupt administration ever, we are seeing more devastating policies set to take effect as the administration and the Republican Party simply no longer care what you may think about what they do.
costs on Medicaid beneficiaries, cut assistance for child support enforcement, trim student loan spending; cut back agriculture supports, and curb eligibility for food stamps. This is on top of 35 billion in cuts already approved to such areas.
The Medicaid cuts would see 12 billion dollars in Medicaid access and benefits to the poor evaporate. It would allow state governments to impose co-payments for emergency room visits and prescription drug purchases not on a pre-approved list. The damage to food stamps would be $45 a month for 225,000 people and 40,000 children would lose their eligibility for free meals at school. Ever compassionate, GOP senator Roy Blount stated these cuts would have a "very small overall impact."
What of the deficit concerns? This is an administration that has ballooned the deficit with unnecessary wars based on lies and ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. President Bush has not vetoed one spending bill in the five years in office and has thrown fiscal conservatism out the window. These new budget reducing measures will have zero effect on the deficit because as he takes the food stamps out of the mouths of the poor, he hands that money directly back to the richest people in this country, who Bush glibly refers to as "his base." Right after approving the 35 billion cut already, the new tax cut plan was unveiled handing back 70 billion dollars, primarily to the top 1% in this country. How does he intend to pay for these cuts? By proposing another 54 billion in cuts to the poor. Unbeleivable. It would be comical if it was not so evil.
Class warfare. That is what conservatives will cry when they read articles such as this. Unfortunately this is not about class; it is about a lack of class. It is about the gall of a party that does not care how many of the poor they trample to achieve their goals. It is about a soulless party that does not care what you or I may think anymore. So drunk with power they think nothing of adding a provision in this budget bill to allow for drilling for oil in Alaska. Why? Because they know this bill is not subject to a filibuster and the provision for drilling in Alaska would never stand alone on its merits. Do you understand that America? Your elected representatives know the Alaska drilling provision cannot pass, so they put it into a filibuster proof bill to thwart and subvert the constitution. It is an administration that threatens to kill a bill that contains language that says this country will not torture people. They threaten this even though it was approved by Congress 90-9. Now, despite the nine fools who are now on record as supporting torture, what kind of disdain for the American people does it take to threaten a veto when 90% of Senators and most of America simply believe that torture should not be our policy? Amidst the recent revelations that we are housing detainees at secret installations and outsourcing torture, what are the GOP representatives concerned about? Not that we might be torturing people as policy. Not that we might be using secret facilities. They are concerned about who blew the whistle on them and they are demanding an investigation into that, not the revelations. Once again, it would be comical if it were not so evil. On the same day that President Bush is swearing we "do not torture", his Vice President is lobbying Congress to exempt the CIA from torture.