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    Another G.O.P / Bush Crime Gang Turkey Day

    Republicans Steal Thanksgiving
    By Ruth Conniff
    November 21, 2005

    As the Republicans go home for Thanksgiving this week, House leaders are congratulating themselves on having squeaked through a divisive budget bill that takes canned goods from the poor in order to fund more luxuries for the rich.

    The $50 billion in budget cuts for programs that help the poor will not quite cover the $57 billion in tax cuts for the rich they plan on ramming through right after the break.

    In order to save face, they decided not to take up the giveaways in dividend and estate taxes on the same day they cut Food Stamps, Medicaid, and college loans.

    But the connection is very clear. Dennis Hastert lectured his booing colleagues on fiscal responsibility and the importance of doing something about the deficit his own party has created. The Democrats were not buying it.

    According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Many of the cuts would hit low-income people directly and hard."

    When the bill stirred up resistance even among Republicans, the House leadership made some concessions, putting back money for some particularly popular programs. But these last-minute adjustments only changed the bill marginally, according to the CBPP, lessening the cuts aimed at the poor by 2 percent.

    Medicaid beneficiaries get cuts of $30 billion over ten years. That "savings" includes the Congressional Budget Office's projection that higher co-pays and premiums will mean more poor people forgoing health care altogether.

    "CBO estimates that about 80 percent of the savings from the increases in Medicaid co-payments are expected to come from decreases in the use of services such as doctors' visits and prescribed medications." CBPP reports.

    In addition, the House bill lifts a requirement that states pay for preventive care for low-income children just above the poverty line. Then there are the cuts in child-support enforcement, and the more than 220,000 people per month--mostly the low-income working poor with children--who will lose Food Stamps.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    The bill also eliminates child care subsidies for 330,000 low-income children.

    As Democrat Rahm Emanuel said, "You guys give a whole new meaning to 'women and children first.

    "Say Happy Thanksgiving To The Turkeys, Bonzo..heh..heh..heh.."
    Last edited by dchristie; 11-22-2005 at 08:24 PM.

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    Re: Another G.O.P / Bush Crime Gang Turkey Day

    aah that last statement is quite humurous.

    What you have to understand is that not being a supporter of welfare does not make you a bad person or even un-american. welfare and medicaid and all those things are not entitlements. i can see where Bush and the repugs and cons who support these things come from, in that they make lots of money and dont want to just dish it out in taxes to pay for poor people to get food, schooling, jobs.

    that being said, it is terrible when tax cuts on things like estates and dividends and things that benefit only the rich are a top priority for Bush and many repugs, and to counter the tax cuts they impose budget cuts to cover the lost tax money, and only the poor get affected by that....its a movement of money and payments that is very disproportionate.....but like some people on here say, if you earned it, who is anyone like the Gov to tell you they are taking it to help out poorer people.

    I am not one of these people, and even if i got real rich dont see myself becoming one of them, but it is easy to see where some of them come from.

    have you ever known a person or a famliy that lives off welfare and unemplyment??? some say its a viscious cycle that is both created by and furthered by being on welfare, but a lot of times welfare is an excuse to be lazy and not try in life.

    just throwing the idea out there....

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