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Budget cuts. . . will they ever make any sense?

The House has agreed to cut $60 billion from the budget. It's going to be painful for so many, and I realize that pain is a necessary part of the process. . . but I wonder at the places they are looking to cut funding. For example, CPB is on the chopping block, even though it provides valuable educational programming, yet the GOP won't consider cutting the millions of dollars that the Department of Defense spends sponsoring NASCAR.

The GOP also wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood and WIC.  That would mean more babies born to lower-income mothers, and less aid to help those poor families feed their growing families--but the wealthy get to keep their tax breaks.  Sadly, there will be fewer police to protect the wealthy.  I'm sure that will be okay, though, since they can afford to hire private security.  It will only be the poor and middle classes who will be affected by the crimes committed out of desperation--but hopefully not by displaced law enforcement and fire fighters. . .

As far as I can tell, Big Oil will still get their subsidies and tax breaks, but education will be severely affected, with school districts finding the need to close schools, and financial aid for secondary education being cut.  Won't those wealthy Americans who need their tax breaks to hire people want their employees to be educated? 

It seems that those who are already doing well won't be affected, but the average Americans will be the ones feeling more than a mere pinch by the proposed cuts.  We are the ones who will be feeling the pain.

If only we could afford to buy some decent representation in Washington. . . 

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jsbenkert

Asked by jsbenkert at 6:34 PM on Feb. 23, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Just points today
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:40 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • So basically, the GOP is sticking it to the middle/lower class, and protect Big Oil and their rich buddies... Shocking!
    Anouck

    Answer by Anouck at 6:43 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • You said it! The widening gap between the haves & the have nots is continuing to grow w/ no end in sight. I'm not saying spread the wealth, just make things fair! (I know life isnt fair either- but it's a lot less fair if you dont earn above 6 figures!) I hate to see what things will be like for my children. With China practically owning us, we'll be living like them before you know it- several generations under one roof since no one will be able to afford to move out & live on their own! They'll justify that by saying they wanted to spare parents from the depression of empty ness syndrome! -lol (IDK whether to laugh or cry- b/c it's so frustrating!)
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:46 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • If only we could afford to buy some decent representation in Washington. . .


    WE being the operative word.


    THIRD WORLD CORRUPTION here we come!


     

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 6:52 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • My opinion~One of the best recruitment tools for the Army has been NASCAR... But, given the Force Shaping going on in the military, I think they should cut the spending to NASCAR sponsorship.
    The GOP also wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood and WIC? Good. All need to be cut.
    Big Oil? Sure take the subsidies away. Does that include the Clean Energy Program that are a part of the subsidies?. What if the prices increase while the prices of crude oil increases globally? Would that be a smart move?
    Cut school spending? YES. No matter how much $ is thrown at the education problem, children are still lacking. It's time for schools to focus on the problem. Parents. Bureaucrats. Teachers.
    Everyone... EVERYONE needs to feel the pinch right now... We need to take some serious steps back to rebuild a better stronger and MORE INDEPENDENT Nation. Government isn't the solution. Borrowing from China isn't the solution.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:57 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Make bad decisions

    Bankrupt America

    Make more bad decisions

    Demonize teachers fire fighters, cops, unions

    Then make all the "little people" pay for it

    And their followers will continue to vote against their own good...because they think they are apart of the grang old party...

    Your not
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:18 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • The GOP doesn't care about the people, isn't obvious. This isn't the place to start. They are starting with people that will actually feel the blow and desperately need the help. They should be starting at the top, not with the poor people, who can't contribute to the GOP campaign fund. Like the OP said we could have started with oil subsidies, tax loopholes, corporate welfare. I'm sure the list could go on. Starting with starving babies, just wrong.

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 7:20 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • GOP won't consider cutting the millions of dollars that the Department of Defense spends sponsoring NASCAR.


    The DOD gets advertising dollars. They choose to use their advertising dollars with NASCAR because they get more bang for  their buck. It is fiscally responsible to put it there. They get access to FREE air time, volunteer programs, and the general public. Plus, so many of the fans are active duty or veterans. This isn't one of the areas that needs cutting especially since the DOD said they have stream lined so many departments they can give back $9 billion. The money spent on advertising for our soldiers is nothing comparatively. 

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:21 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Budget cuts. . . will they ever make any sense?

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    Not to liberals.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:22 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Do these make sense to you, LK? Do you think these particular cuts put us on the right path? (And "right" is lower-case--obviously, they are "Right". . .)


    Oh--wait--I forget that you proudly count yourself among the wealthy, so you won't be affected. Bully for you.

    jsbenkert

    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 7:24 PM on Feb. 23, 2011

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