TCU Daily Skiff Friday, February 06, 2004
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Bush’s proposed budget not sound
Proposal combines deficits, spending cuts

COMMENTARY

Bush’s proposed budget is the worst of both worlds, combining both huge deficits and draconian spending cuts. The hidden spending and irresponsible tax cuts represent a mockery of governmental management.

Here are some of the examples of government waste that Bush wants to implement:

• Cuts in veteran’s medical care

• Environmental Protection Agency’s budget cut by seven percent

• Eliminated: $34 million program for secondary school counselors; $38 million for projects to provide employment services to disabled people; and $30 million for programs to help schools combat alcohol abuse

• Almost $1 billion cut for first responders in terrorist attacks

• $149 million taken away from a public housing program

These cuts will do little to reduce the current and growing budget deficits, which is projected to be $521 billion. If one factors in how much money will be lost trying to save Social Security and Medicare, the nation debt factors into more than $100,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

Bush’s budget even leaves out money to be spent on Iraq, meaning the president is either intentionally omitting the facts or is completely unable to contemplate a sound budget.
 
 
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