Cut and Waste

From the Washington Post:

President Bush will present a budget tomorrow that would slow the growth of Medicare and cut or eliminate an array of domestic programs but still anticipates a flood of new red ink that will rival the record deficits of his first term, administration officials said.

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Bush’s fiscal 2009 budget would increase defense spending by 5 percent and put a modest amount of new money into favored initiatives such as veterans affairs, education and homeland security.

But the president wants to dramatically slow the growth of big federal health programs, reduce anti-terrorism grants for states and cities, and cut spending on anti-poverty, housing and social service programs, according to budget documents and interviews with officials throughout the federal government.


The early literacy program Even Start would be eliminated, as would grants to states for education technology, technology careers and incarcerated youth. Funding for a college scholarship program named after Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) would fall from $40 million to zero, a symbolic shot at a fierce Bush critic.

Lawmakers and their aides say Bush has little leverage left to force his proposals on a recalcitrant Congress.

But even in the unlikely event that he were to get his way, the budget deficit would jump sharply, from $163 billion in 2007 to about $400 billion in 2008 and 2009 […]


Still, the new budget underscores Bush’s inability to get control of spending over the course of his seven-year tenure, a failure that has concerned even his conservatives allies.


Alice M. Rivlin, who served President Bill Clinton as budget director, pointed out that Bush “inherited a very large surplus,” but his “legacy from a fiscal point of view is having blown an opportunity to ameliorate the long-run budget deficits.”

White House officials and allies acknowledge the long-term problem but pin the blame on Congress for ignoring the president’s calls to control the growth of Social Security and Medicare.

Ohhh!! It’s Congress‘ fault!

Administration officials described fierce behind-the-scenes battles over spending in the final Bush budget. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went back three times to the internal budget review board — which includes Vice President Cheney, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and National Economic Council Director Keith Hennessy — to appeal for more funds. In the end, she also spoke directly with Bush to secure an increase of $700 million for the State Department, 6.5 percent over last year’s budget.

An increase? It must be Condi’s fault!

Among the cuts:
Department of Health and Human Services–more than $2 billion
Administration for Children and Families–more than $1 billion (includes $280 million that would have gone to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
Social Services Block Grant program (helps states protect abused and neglected kids)–$500 million
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)–$430 million (includes $27 million to fund infectious disease research and prevention and eliminates a $301 million program that trains 2,700 pediatric specialists in fields that have critical shortages)
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program–budget cut $194 million (almost two-thirds) for afterschool programs

Bush will continue to boost Department of Homeland Security spending to tighten the borders. But states and cities would see cuts of $1.5 billion from the $3.75 billion in grants for security, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical teams approved by Congress for this year.

Your tax dollars at work, kids!


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25 responses to “Cut and Waste

  1. Friend of the court

    How Bushie, to eliminate afterschool programs and put a lot of kids out in the street, where they can practice abstainance while their parents are working two or three jobs. Why should the State Department get a raise? What have they done for us lately?

  2. Friend of the court

    Oh, and did you read that a paper copy of this budget will cost $200? I’m waiting for the movie.

  3. nonnie9999

    it’s chimpy’s one last fuck you to the poor. what a guy! 😈

  4. TRM

    Well he’s a Republican, what do you expect him to do…

    Those agencies listed above will be fine, they may just have to stop wasting money… I mean what the hell is the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program–??

    Good job George!

    nfjdhsadghruenv!!,, who just threw that Miller High Life bottle at my head???

  5. Got a Grip

    That would have been, TRM. I’m usually quite accurate with my throwing, so you’d better watch yourself, young man…..

  6. nonnie9999

    it wasn’t me, trm. i would never throw your beer bottle at you. pee in it, maybe, but not throw it. ’cause i’m nice. 😀

  7. TRM

    —————————————————>> 🙂
    🙂 <<————————————————–

  8. TRM

    Nonnie…….. you are not nice………….. his name is George Bush not chimpy….


  9. nonnie9999

    calling him chimpy is being nice. you don’t want to hear the other names i call him.

  10. Got a Grip

    His name is mud around these parts, TRM. And nonnie is nice, very very nice. It’s chimpy that ‘s not nice.

  11. nightowl724

    How about this, TRM? How about we cut defense spending by 90%? By your logic:

    Those agencies listed above will be fine, they may just have to stop wasting money…

    And the first thing to go should be the wasteful, illegal, immoral occupation of Iraq at $720M PER DAY!

  12. TRM

    Nah NightOwl, I would rather see…

    Department of Health and Human Services–Administration for Children and Families–
    Social Services Block Grant program (helps states protect abused and neglected kids)–
    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)–
    Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program–

    cut services,,, before you paint me to be a mean oger, those “things” listed above undoubtedly help some people and I am all for that…. but by and large I see them as antiquated, ineffective, wasteful govt crap… just because the word kids and disease and abused and neglected are thrown around doesn’t make them legitimate… and doesn’t mean I think we should throw more money at something thats broken in the first place…

    To answer you question, sure , lets give it a shot,,, how do you think you will look in a bhurka???

  13. nightowl724

    I don’t need to worry about how I’d look in a bhurka – never did. I’m far more concerned about how I’d look in prison orange for exercising my First Amendment rights. Or, about how I’d look living on the street in rags because of Bush’s foreign and domestic policies that led to historic national debt and fuel prices.

    Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. Iraq did not have al Queda. Iraq did not attack the WTC. What Iraq DID have was oil. Bushco had Iraq in its sights long before 9-11. 935 lies (that we know of) from the Bush Administration just about Iraq! Even if a person believes only half of the report… How many lies altogether, on all issues?

    Come on, Republicans must be very angry with him, too. I can’t believe that they continue to defend Bush or the occupation of Iraq. I don’t understand why they don’t publicly denounce him for what he has done to the Constitution, the party, the country, and the world. Hell, even on a more personal level, they should be concerned about their own political futures, not to mention their own grandchildren’s futures.

  14. TRM

    I’m not even going to argue your Bush hating talk… your welcome to it… even if everything you say is true, I am more pissed that gas is still so expensive,,, I WANT MY CHEAP IRAQI OIL!!!


  15. Got a Grip

    Hey, TRM, I actually know how I would look in a burka. Not bad, actually. But the idea that Muslims are going to magically show up to take over this country is the biggest bunch of horseshit ever. There is a total disconnect from the reality of what the Muslim world is like and the policies that would effectively help the situation within the Republican party in general and the atrocious BushCo regime in particular.

    Sometimes, TRM, you sound like a heartless, uninformed idiot. This would be one of those times….

  16. nonnie9999

    whenever conservatives are on the ropes when trying to defend chimpy, they first run to the you just hate bush defense. just because you love or hate someone does not make him right or wrong. take any emotion out of the argument, look at the facts, and there is no reasonable conclusion other than his reign being an unmitigated disaster. even the rethugs running for office distance themselves from him. you rarely hear his name in the rethug debates.
    as to the money that is wasted, it is wasted, because those in charge of the money have no business being in the positions they hold. time after time, chimpy has named inexperienced people to important posts. read this article from the washington post. here’s a small part of it:

    After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans — restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O’Beirne’s office in the Pentagon.

    To pass muster with O’Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts, applicants didn’t need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.

    O’Beirne’s staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade .

    Many of those chosen by O’Beirne’s office to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq’s government from April 2003 to June 2004, lacked vital skills and experience. A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance — but had applied for a White House job — was sent to reopen Baghdad’s stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq’s $13 billion budget, even though they didn’t have a background in accounting.

    this has gone on not only in iraq but throughout this administration. look at fema. how many years did the damned ice trucks drive around? how much money was wasted on trailers? when you have completely unqualified idiots in charge of the purse strings, there is going to be a lot of money wasted (and, in the case of iraq, missing! where are those billions and billions of dollars that they lost track of?). are there ridiculous earmarks on both sides of the aisle in congress? absolutely! however, that is just chickenfeed compared to the unbelievable amounts that this administration has flushed down the toilet.
    all that money that chimpy doesn’t want to spend on education and abused kids and help for poor people to get heat in the winter would save a lot of money later on. i would rather educate a kid now and give him/her some hope and direction in life than to spend a lot more later on to house him/her in prison. i would rather spend the money to feed poor children and keep the elderly warm than to pay for their hospitalization later on.
    if you want to leave compassion at the door, it still makes financial sense to fund these programs and to make sure that the people in charge of them are competent and are spending the money wisely. it is also important to have oversight and to make sure that those with oversight are not partisans. it seems that everyone who chimpy assigns to those tasks always seem to find that everything is hunky-dory. when those who know what they are talking about look at the same data, they find horrendous waste, ineffectiveness, and even criminality.

  17. TRM

    WOW Nonnie, I haven’ gotten a tongue lashing like that since I crapped the bed and my wife rolled into it… kidding..
    Gotta, me heartless? I think you know better than that, but thanks and uninformed? nah just not Kos informed… still love me?

    Nonnie, no matter what anyone thinks about Bush, I feel that overall he was an outstanding president, sure he goofed a few times, but doesn’t every one? I guess it’s just the military in me that no matter how you feel, you must support the mission, support the leadership and make sure the troops are fed and warm…

    Even if Hillary won, I would support her in times of war should it be called for… we are a team aren’t we?
    And I don’t care what anyone say’s, Cheney rules!! 🙂 still love me?

  18. Got a Grip

    TRM, I get the distinct impression that no matter how many facts, statistics and common sense ideas we lay before you, you’ll refuse to listen. Not because you’re incapable of it, but because of some sort of stubborn, blind loyalty to those that don’t deserve it.

    I, too support the troops. When I go to protests against the war and raise my voice, I’m doing it with the knowledge that 4000 troops have been killed because of the desire of a greedy few for power. I do it knowing that hundreds of thousands of innocents have been killed in their own country for no good reason at all. These people are not better off than they were, quite the opposite.

    When you send young men and women to fight and die, send them to make the ultimate sacrifice, you’d better have a damned good reason and a damned good plan. Neither of those things were the case in Iraq. And when they come home mentally and physically disabled, you should do your very best to make sure they will be well taken care of. When they come home to VA hospitals infested with rats, when they are shuffled out of the military so that they won’t be eligible for critical mental health care, when their military pay is so low that they are not only eligible for foodstamps and medicaid but need it to survive, this is not supporting the troops. Anything but.

    These people should not be living under bridges and in hovels, but many of them are. The suicide rate for those who have come home already and those that are still in the military has skyrocketed. That alone should tell you something. We do not do right by these people, and it is not the Democrats that are making that happen, it’s the administration.

    Really, TRM, I’m begging you to read more. And I don’t mean the rightwing bullshit, I mean actual government studies and documentation. You know, the stuff that people in the know put out. Do that, and if you’re not appalled by what you see there and realize the horror that this administration has visited on the military, then you are not half the man I suspect you to be.

    Tomorrow’s lecture will be on the Constitution vs. the Unitary Executive. Read up on that, then we’ll talk about what a fine job this asswipe, I mean president, has been doing.

    And yes, TRM, I still love you. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be wasting my time trying to pull you out of the stone age, or wherever it is you’re keeping your head these days….

  19. Friend of the court

    Cheney sucks. 🙂

  20. TRM

    WoW Gotta that was nice, really.
    Maybe I don’t read enough govt doc’s. hmm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you that our troops should be paid more and treated better, although I will not buy into the “epidemic” proportions of soldier “mistreatment” that the left spouts at every turn, you forget I retired from that world and I know exactly what goes on in the military and I have no delusions about the occassional troop that slips through the cracks.

    My eyes have shown me the reality and I don’t need a “paper” or “study” to tell me what I spent so many years in the middle of. Soldiers can be very whiny, and some had mental/emotional issues long before they “suited up”…

    Look Gotta, I respect your opinion and I have learned a lot from you all here… why do you think I come? Well, yeah, I do enjoy busting chops and talking shit… but I come here and other lefty blogs to try and figure out what makes the left tick… I’m getting close to figuring it out too… 🙂

    You must understand this, if you don’t understand anything else about me, I am who I am…
    You, me and most of the HR minion are ideologically wired differently. Make sense?

    I hear things from time to time that sound good to me coming from the left… but overall and at the end of the day, I’m a righty, because the right makes OVERALL sense to me and I can feel good about supporting it. You must admit the left is FAR more proned to give birth to absolute fools, kooks, and out right anti America traitors who should be uuhh,,… smacked???……

    FOTC …when I see Mr. Cheney at the Skull and Bones meeting tonite I’m telling him what you said…

  21. Friend of the court

    Please do. Although, he must know by now.

  22. Got a Grip

    Many years ago I, too, swam in the military pool, TRM. My first husband was recruited into the Air Force by being promised he’d be trained to a mechanics job, which is what he was good at and wanted to do if the day came when he wanted out. They trained him to be a “weapons mechanic”, a glorified title for bomb loader. They taught him to load bombs and nothing else. Being at the bottom of the military food chain, we were not eligible for military housing. We could not afford to pay the rent, put food on our family and pay the bills each month. How did we survive? We pawned things. Every month. By the time he got out of the military we had much less than we went in with, which wasn’t much to start with. Things have only gotten worse since that time for military families.

    I don’t buy your argument that some soldiers are just whiny. The statistics and reports I’m referring to come from the government, not from the soft, stupid left as you believe. When the government repeatedly, says we don’t treat our soldiers well, when the leading Republican presidential candidate says we don’t treat our soldiers well, when the military itself says we don’t treat our soldiers well, I hardly need to go to some fictional lefties to hear the truth – we don’t treat our soldiers well.

    I do respect your different wiring, even though I don’t agree with it. But I urge you in all sincerity to look beyond the scope of your right-leaning sphere of influence and to not dismiss everything we say out of hand as leftist propaganda. I was raised to be a republican, I didn’t come to where I am now lightly. I, too, find things from the other side with which I can agree with. I suspect on certain things you and I are not that far apart. But the Republican party is not what it once was, and what it has become should scare even you, TRM. If you love this country, and I know that you do, you need to remove the scales from your eyes and see what the Bush regime has been doing to destroy what all Americans, no matter what their party affiliation or interests, hold dear. As someone who was sworn to defend the Constitution, it shouldn’t be that hard for you to see the damage that has been done to it, how this administration has gone out of its way to undermine it. Cheney has said on more than one occasion that he thinks we should have a monarchy. That should scare the shit out of anyone, even you, my friend….

    And don’t kid yourself. You have no idea what makes me tick. But keep trying. I think it’s good for you…. — — —> 🙂

  23. TRM

    Well said and point taken… should we hug now? You must know that if we do hug, the man pig in me may come out and I am ready for the slap… 🙂

  24. Got a Grip

    Yes, a hug is in order. Maybe we should sing Kumbaya, too. That’ll keep the man pig in you at bay, I think. If not, I’ll deal with you accordingly…