Monday, February 04, 2008

The sick and the old finance the rich.

"We have no choice except to defund help for the poor - we've spent all the money on shit."

"In addition to freezing scored of programs, Bush proposed cutting some some 22 percent of the funding for the program that helps poor families pay to heat their homes."

Let the rich keep the tax cuts.

Spend lots more money on killing people.

Pay for it on the backs of the poor.

Bush projects that the deficit will decline rapidly starting in 2010 and will achieve a $48 billion balance in 2012.

But Democrats said that forecast was based on flawed math that only included $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009 and no money after that and also failed to include any provisions after this year for keeping the alternative minimum tax, originally aimed at the wealthy, from ensnaring millions of middle-class taxpayers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that fixing the AMT in 2012 would cost $118 billion, more than double the surplus Bush is projecting for that year.

Even some Republicans faulted Bush's budget sleight of hand.

"They've obviously played an inordinate number of games to try to make it look better," Sen. Judd Gregg, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"Let's face it. This budget is done with the understanding that nobody's going to be taking a long, hard look at it," said Gregg, R-N.H.

Worst. President. Ever.

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