Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Cruel and Unpatriotic

The Moose avers that soldiers and the most vulnerable should not be the only ones paying the price for the war and Bushienomics.

Very sadly, we have learned about the deaths of a number of our nation's best in Iraq. We honor the sacrifices of these brave soldiers and their families.

In his inaugural address, the President laid out a bold, ambitious and even revolutionary vision for American foreign policy. However, soon he will propose a budget that is profoundly retrograde and reactionary. By allowing the deficit to rise to over $400 billion, it is clear that the bill for the war will be paid by future generations and the least advantaged.

Of course, the Bushies who were partying to the hilt at last weeks' inaugural festival are enjoying the fruits of their tax cuts. This is indeed a unique war - burden free for those with the least burdens.

So who will pay the price of the tax cuts and the war? The New York Times reports today on the Bush budget priorities,

"More than $500 billion will go to the military and domestic security, not counting the extra money being spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Administration officials want to increase financing for the military and domestic security above the rate of inflation for the foreseeable future.

"That leaves less than $500 billion for all the other discretionary domestic programs, like space exploration, education and tax collection. Administration officials hope to freeze that spending at current levels, which would lead to real cuts after adjusting for inflation. But that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would save only about $9 billion a year."

Those "discretionary domestic programs" are exactly the ones that serve the most vulnerable in our society. Remember, Mr. President, what you declared at the Right to Life March on Monday?

"You know, we come from many backgrounds -- different backgrounds, but what unites us is our understanding that the essence of civilization is this: The strong have a duty to protect the weak...We know -- we know that in a culture that does not protect the most dependent, the handicapped, the elderly, the unloved, or simply inconvenient become increasingly vulnerable."

It is not only domestic programs that are hurt by W.'s fiscal policies. The military desperately needs to be expanded because the Reserves and the Guard, along with the Army are stretched to the limit. As long as we continue with tax cuts for the wealthy, the nation will never be able to afford a significant increase in the force.

The President's fiscal policies - cruel and unpatriotic.
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