Thursday, February 02, 2006

what's more important

Unfortunately, U.S. House members just approved over $40 billion in spending cuts over five years by a margin of two votes.

ACTION OPPORTUNITY: Yesterday’s State of the Union Address and today’s House vote provide an opportunity to educate others in our communities about the dangers of cuts in services for working families in order to pay for tax breaks for CEOs and other wealthy individuals. Your letters in local papers can have a major impact! You can adapt our sample text and send off letters using our online tool.

What’s more important?

Preventing cuts in medical coverage and increased costs to poor and near-poor families, children, and the elderly = $27 billion over 10 years
Making excessive federal payments to HMO’s in the Medicare system $22 billion over 10 years
Providing excessive profits to drug companies participating in Medicaid $ 9.8 billion over 10 years = $31.8 billion over 10 years

What’s more important?

Child care and welfare to work services $8.4 billion over 5 years
Avoiding higher interest costs for student loans $12.7 billion over 5 years = $21.1 billion over 5 years
Extending the capital gains and stock dividends tax breaks, more than half of which goes to millionaires = $21 billion over 5 years

What’s more important?

Collecting $8.4 billion over 10 years in child support payments to families $4.9 billion over 10 years
avoiding cuts in foster care aid to relative caregivers $1.3 billion over 10 years
preventing cuts in medical care and increased costs to low-income people $27.0 billion over 10 years = $33.2 billion over 10 years

More tax deductions and exemptions for upper-income people (with 53% going to millionaires) = $150 billion over 10 years

With much left over for deficit reduction, expanding health coverage, providing Head Start for every eligible child, expanding child care aid, investing in education…


Frank said...

Congress is such a rats nest these days. The elected prostituting themselves openly under the guise of lobbying. Selling their sacred votes to the highest bidder without much fear of acrimony; if they get caught, they apologize....and join the system. Well, they do have to wait A YEAR before becoming OFFICIAL lobbyists. I'm not feeling particulary partisan about this either Spring, both sides of the floor are guilty as hell, and we, the apathetic public at large allows this bullshit to continue. The problem is, if you have a elected official who is playing these games, but bringing pork to their district, the view is, well, he/she's an asshole....but he/she's OUR asshole. Left to regulate themselves, nothing happens....has anyone heard the words "term limits" since the last time the shit hit the fan. I haven't.

If we don't start booting some of these carpetbaggers out, and booting them out soon, our assholes and theirs, we're in for trouble. It's not so much that they're doing it; yes, it's been happening since the Continental Congress, it's the smug impunity in which they flaunt their offices that's disturbing. off on a rant of my own.

A letter to the local paper sounds like a plan....I'm interested in where MY elected officials stand on the measures you mentioned. (I also want to check out their PAC contributions)

Thanks for the info....


Me said...

It's not the federal government's job to take our tax money and dole it out to every welfare mom and potential student-loan defaultor out there. It's also not appropriate for the federal government to tax the bejeesus out of everyone--rich or poor--to fund all the things that it's currently funding.

All tax cuts are good, and all services except the military, homeland security, federal courts and commerce can be handled by the states just fine. And if state voters don't want to tax themselves heavily enough to pay for all the special hand-out programs that the Left is so in love with, well then they just won't.

Spring said...

frank, you are right, rat's nest is a good analogy. The information I've posted here came right from the two organizations that are linked. I don't always have time to keep up on what's going on, so I log onto web sites of organizations that address issues I'm interested in, and I sign up for their email alerts. Keeps me informed, and I can pass the details on to others quickly.

Spring said...

well, 'me,' it probably won't surprise you to hear that I disagree wholeheartedly with your comments.

First, people are more likely to seek welfare during periods of unemployment or after divorce than for any other reason. I was on welfare for quite some time in my early adult years, mainly due to a lack of education. The best I could do were minimum wage jobs in the service sector, and then I would lose that job when profits were down. Not eligible for unemployment, I had nowhere else to turn. I finally left welfare for good, thanks to a college education when I was 30.

Which brings me to 'student loan defaulters.' Actually, a very small percentage of student loan recipients default, and the larger percentages are among very highly paid individuals, such as doctors and lawyers -- people who can afford to pay the loans back and should be ashamed for not doing so. To assume that every student loan applicant is a potential defaulter is short-sighted, especially as a college education is one of the quickest avenues for a welfare recipient to leave welfare permanently, as I did.

As far as all tax cuts being 'good,' such blanket statements are seldom accurate. However, even if we were to allow that argument, tax cuts would be good if they are evenly distributed among taxpayers. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The tax cuts are benefitting the wealthiest citizens, while middle income taxpayers shoulder the burden. Hardly a good thing.

And regarding what services to the public should be paid for with our taxes -- obviously, that is debatable. But I look forward to hearing your response when you, or a family member, suddenly finds your/themself in need of a particular social service, only to find that tax cuts have resulted in the elimination of a program you very desperately need.

All the best,