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November 18, 2005
Reapportionment of Wealth

Let's give more to people who have it already.

GOP Budget Cuts Just Pass House

After a whole day and half the night of tinkering and arm twisting, Republican leaders managed to barely pass a bill to trim $50 billion from Medicaid, food stamps and subsidies for student loans early Friday morning.

The kicker:

In passing the bill, Republicans buffed up their party's budget-cutting credentials as they try to reduce a deficit swelled by spending on the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina. Democrats countered that a companion tax bill that could advance as early as Friday would more than eat up the savings.

Got that? They're cutting Medicaid and food stamps to pay for another tax cut.

The bill drew unanimous opposition from Democrats, who objected to both cuts in programs for the poor and the fact that the deficit-reduction bill would increase the deficit when combined with a tax bill slated for a vote later that would extend tax cuts on capital gains and dividend income due to expire at the end of 2008.

I'd say if the tax cut passes, Republicans should be viewed as not having a moral leg left to stand on.

But wait!

Senate passes popular tax cuts

Who knows what it will look like, by the time the two chambers reconcile what they've done? But it could be argued that the Republicans are going to reduce the government if they have to kill every poor and elderly person in the country to do it.

Update: More about the budget wars taking place over the current appropriations bills.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:49 AM