Like a Thief in the Night the House GOP passed a budget resolution that would cut 60 billion dollars.
But let’s be clear; this is a dog and pony show. This is an ideological document not a fiscal document.
They are using this economic lapse as a way to eliminate low-income and public interest programs at the expense of our national security. None of the cuts would address our long-term national debt. If they were really interested in curbing long-term debt than they would not have held the process hostage last December when “The Bush Tax Cuts” were set to expire. Instead they bullied Obama into signing an extension of these cuts to the rich that they didn’t ask for and didn’t need.
None of these cuts are going to help us compete against upstarts like India and China;
The “New GOP” doesn’t care about long-term investment in public education. If they did they would not be gutting our public schools of monies that they need in order to pay their teachers, aids and staff. I went to a public school. The teachers busted their ass everyday. The only reason I got into the college I did was because of the public school that I went to. Class sizes were manageable, competition was evident and property taxes were elevated. It all made sense. The ‘New GOP” mentality is Education is a privilege not a right. If you can afford it than you must really deserve it. If you can’t than here are some leftover scraps. They turned the health care debate into the same mirage. If you are at a job where health benefits exist than it’s because what you’re doing is worthy. If not than suck it up.
None of these cuts will help create new job sectors;
Under their proposal job training would be cut by 3 billion dollars. We have 10% unemployment with many more underemployed. Most of these workers have skills for jobs that no longer exist in this country. These people are angry, afraid and desperate. They need outlets to be able to start building again, use their hands again, feel competent again. In a functional America we would be re-educating this individuals for a better existence. Instead our media prays on the plight of the unemployed by trying to blame others for taking their jobs or whining about why the recovery hasn’t taken hold yet. These new jobs are not going to be created out of thin air. The government has to provide investment in new technologies (solar, wind, battery) in order for private enterprise to take hold of it and mold it to fit the 21st century.
None of these cuts will help us get out of the foreign wars that we are bogged down in.
For the first time in history we have not raised taxes in times of war. During World War II we raised nearly half the money through taxes. Its called “shared sacrifice.” If the war really means that much, if it is that imperative to our national security than call upon the American people to bankroll it. If it’s in our long-term interest than it should be a sound investment. At the same time the American people would be a lot more in tune with what is actually going on in these wars. Why? Because it’s our money that is being spent. The “New GOP” budget does not touch one single cent of military spending which makes up a large part of our budget.
It’s okay to borrow incessantly for wars that we have no hope of getting out of but long-term investment in education and job training for those who have been unemployed is unacceptable for the “New GOP.”