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IF YOU WERE THE POLITICIAN, WHICH WOULD YOU CUT?

Education
· Title I Grants to School Districts. The Republican CR cuts nearly $700 million from one of the Federal Government’s two major formula programs that provide aid for education to States and localities. This amounts to a 4 percent cut to Title I below last year’s funding level. Title I provides critical federal support to thousands of schools serving nearly 1 million disadvantaged students. These funds pay for teachers, tutors, and after school programs—this reduction in funding could cause 10,000 teachers and aides in these struggling schools to lose their jobs.

· Head Start. Head Start is providing comprehensive early childhood services to almost one million low-income children and their families. The cut of $1.1 billion, or 14 percent, below the FY2010 appropriation and more than $500 million below FY2008, would translate to a massive loss of comprehensive early childhood services, causing nearly 218,000 children across the country to be kicked out of the Head Start program this year (a cut over 20%). This reduction will also put over 55,000 Head Start teachers out of work and close more than 16,000 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms.

· Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy. The Republican bill cuts $439 million from Striving Readers – a comprehensive birth through grade 12 literacy program. This is the only targeted federal literacy funding for teacher professional development and research-based interventions for students who cannot read and write well enough to progress in school. The program supports 114,000 students and 2,900 jobs. The cut is achieved through a rescission of $189 million from balances currently available for the program, combined with zero new appropriations for FY 2011 (compared to $250 million appropriated in FY 2010).

· After-School Programs. The Republican CR cuts $100 million from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at the Department of Education. This funding supports programs that provide additional time for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to participate in enrichment activities that complement their regular academic program. Hundreds of thousands of working families nationwide depend on these services for their school age children. The cut produces a 9% reduction in funding which would likely mean that 800 fewer sites could be funded, and some 130,000 to 140,000 fewer children could receive after-school services.
Housing
· Public housing capital fund: cut by $1.072 billion, more than 40 percent, endangering public housing households, more than half of whom are elderly and/or disabled, and more than 40 percent of whom have children.

· Elderly housing (Section 202): funding cut to $274 million from $825 million. None of the program’s remaining FY2011 funds could be spent on new units.

· Housing for the disabled (Section 811): funding cut from $300 million to $90 million. None of the program’s remaining FY2011 funds could be spent on new units.

· Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): cut from $4.45 billion to $1.5 billion, or more than 60 percent.

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ladylovemm

Asked by ladylovemm at 1:27 AM on Apr. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I start out by cutting all disability benefits to people who can actually still work. Just because they can't do a job they previous did, does not mean they can do someting else. Then I would chance a few rules for Social Security, who gets it, how much etc Finally, I would stop handing out money to students on pell grants and just pay for the academic portion and not other expenses. Most only use it for frivolous things. Too much money is wasted on people who know how to work the system. Fix the system, solve the problem.
    TwinkleLites

    Answer by TwinkleLites at 1:32 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I am sure the people affected will welcome the cuts and fully agree that as the poorer and most needy people in society they must take the blame and pay the price for the fiscal deficit . After all , the recession was their fault , wasn't it ? Nothing to do do with rich speculators and bankers on Wall Street. On the contrary, they do such an excellent job and contribute so much to our happiness they need to be rewarded with some nice tax cuts . How about a Tea Party to celebrate ?
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 1:40 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • We need cuts in all areas. No one will be happy about it but in the long run we all will be better off. The government is too big and the spending is too vast to be sustainable for much longer.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:51 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • These cuts you speak of~ do they reflect budget numbers of 2-3 years ago? 5? Put the cuts in perspective. It's time for government departments... ALL gov't departments to endure cuts.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:59 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Keep in mind that many of these "cuts" are merely halting huge INCREASES created over the past 2 years - gov't spending has increased EIGHTY % ... that's INSANE !

    Keep in mind that many of the teachers whose jobs "are threatened" would ALSO be out of work if current demands from the Federal Gov't force their states' economies to collapse ! THAT is what these budget cuts are aiming to prevent.

    Keep in mind that the Federal Gov't is not the ONLY gov't handling education, etc. - state gov'ts provide for these programs. In fact, it is state gov'ts which are SUPPOSED TO provide social programs, and NOT the Federal Gov't at all !

    Note that an additional benefit of cutting the Federal Gov't is that it cuts back the Federal Govt's burdensome regulations and requirements on the states.
    Often a Federal program gives $x to the state AND requires the state to continue funding the program itself even after the Federal $$ are used up.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:35 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I am sure the people affected will welcome the cuts and fully agree that as the poorer and most needy people in society they must take the blame and pay the price for the fiscal deficit .

    Get off the left wing talking points and look at the real story of the so called "cuts" Also take a look at all the tax loopholes Ryans proposal eliminates.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:54 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Just like at home when there is too much month left after the money, I would cut everywhere. I'd head straight for the beaurocratic redundancy and pink slip some of those people. Then I'd cut federal government any which way but loose. Most of the programs that get all the attention should be state funded and the states to to make similiar tough decisions to get these things funded and the fiscal house in order.

    Stopping the "healthcare" reform bill is step one. More burdens on already financially strapped states isn't helpful.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 7:18 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I start out by cutting all disability benefits to people who can actually still work. Just because they can't do a job they previous did, does not mean they can do someting else. Then I would chance a few rules for Social Security, who gets it, how much etc Finally, I would stop handing out money to students on pell grants and just pay for the academic portion and not other expenses. Most only use it for frivolous things. Too much money is wasted on people who know how to work the system. Fix the system, solve the problem.


    ????? I hope that you realize that the bureaucracy that would be created from your too proposals, would cost more than the funding.

    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 7:59 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I am sure the people affected will welcome the cuts and fully agree that as the poorer and most needy people in society they must take the blame and pay the price for the fiscal deficit . After all , the recession was their fault , wasn't it ? Nothing to do do with rich speculators and bankers on Wall Street. On the contrary, they do such an excellent job and contribute so much to our happiness they need to be rewarded with some nice tax cuts . How about a Tea Party to celebrate ?
    ?????
    Isn't that they way? The least among us, always pays the highest price
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 8:00 AM on Apr. 8, 2011


  • Get off the left wing talking points and look at the real story of the so called "cuts" Also take a look at all the tax loopholes Ryans proposal eliminates.
    >>>>>
    Fortunately the left wing talking points are there and fortunately, there are a least some people looking out for the little guy
    I looked at the budget, it's a pile of steaming, poverty increasing, doo
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 8:02 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

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