The U. S. Congress has been hard at work this week trying to find places to cut the budget to help offset at least a portion of the record breaking deficit created by four straight years of tax cuts for the wealthy.
The U. S. House of Representatives believes it can save $50 billion over the next decade by "tightening up" on Medicaid, by providing the states much more latitude for making further cuts to various human services benefits and programs and by applying sharp cuts to Food Stamps ($1 billion) and to programs that benefit the elderly.
The editorial page of The New York Times reported earlier this week (October 26, 2005) that $4 billion would be cut from child support enforcement efforts, a program that returns $4 for every $1 spent on enforcement to protect and secure women and children.
Thankfully, the U. S. Senate version of the work so far is not so extreme, but based on a similar philosophy.
What is amazing is the fact that the motivation for this entire belt-tightening effort is to find a way to pass along another $70 billion in upper-bracket tax cuts.
Let's see now.
Costly foreign war with no end in sight.
Natural disaster upon natural disaster at home and abroad.
Record national deficit.
The ranks of the poor swelling to the tune of over one million annually.
Further tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
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