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“Historic” Deal Screws the Public But Retains Massive Military Budget

We all knew the government wasn’t going to shutdown.  We also knew that ordinary Americans were the ones who were going to get the shaft.  Today we have this from the AP, a horrendous source of information but one on which a substantial number of Americans depend:

Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a historic agreement late Friday night to cut about $38 billion in spending and avert the first federal closure in 15 years.

Obama hailed the deal as “the biggest annual spending cut in history.” House Speaker John Boehner said that over the next decade it would cut government spending by $500 billion — and won an ovation from his rank and file, tea party adherents among them.

We know that the enormous $700+ billion budget remained untouched, so where exactly did this $38 billion in cuts come from?  

Anti-abortion lawmakers succeeded in winning a provision to ban the use of federal or local government funds to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia.

One of Boehner’s priorities, a program that lets District of Columbia students use federally funded vouchers to attend private schools, was included.

In addition, the Senate will vote on proposals to deny federal funding to implement the year-old health care law. It is certain to fall short of the required 60 votes but will place Democrats on the record. …

Despite the accomplishment, officials noted it marked only a first step. Republicans intend to pass a 2012 budget through the House next week that calls for sweeping changes in Medicare and Medicaid and would cut domestic programs deeply in an attempt to gain control over soaring deficits.

That’s right.  In spite of a 0% tax rate for America’s largest corporations, and a military budget more than six times greater than the number two country, our government has decided to slash funding for the arbitrary luxury of health care.

But one of the most troubling aspects of all of this is the lack of details – as usual, of course – in the MSM reporting.  Relying solely on sources like the AP, we simply don’t know what has been cut.  But even with this scant information, it is easy to identify a recurring theme:  destroy any and all services for the underprivileged, but keep corporate welfare and military spending unchecked.

Notice how the story always centers on trivial details.  Yes, gutting the EPA was an urgent aspect to this whole charade, but this received mere sentences from the MSM.  Instead, we see endless references to the atrocity of federal funding for abortions, including funding for the evil organization known as Planned Parenthood.  But tucked into one of the final paragraphs of the lengthy article, the AP inadvertently offers some perspective as to the preposterousness of the whole situation:

Federal funds may not be used to pay for abortions except in strictly regulated cases, but supporters of the ban said cutting off government funds for the organization — currently about $330 million a year — would make it harder for it to use its own money for the same purpose.

The same people who have no qualms about a trillion dollar military budget, or a 0% corporate tax rate, or billions of dollars per year in corporate welfare, care passionately about a paltry $330 million spent on providing advice and other services – yes, sometimes including abortions – to impoverished teens and young adults.  Things have become so absurd that it is becoming hard to find the words to describe such horribly amoral people.  Can we still consider them human beings, when they have stooped to such a barbaric, animalistic level of existence?

The whole system is far too corrupt to be salvaged.  The only practical course of action, as I stated yesterday, is to boycott the RepubliDems once and for all, and finally start building up genuine, alternative, grassroots political movements.

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3 responses to ““Historic” Deal Screws the Public But Retains Massive Military Budget

  1. Heidi April 9, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I think that what most people do not think about is the fact that our Constitution only states that the federal government should pay for military. They are to provide for the common defense. It is NOT the government’s job to supply people with the means to have abortions and to get health care. The government needs to get their noses out of all these “extra” programs – and do what it was intended to do – to help the free market flourish, and provide for the country the common defense. I am proud of the people standing up to the Democrats to cut programs that don’t need to be there – we need to cut all these programs that should be run by the free market and not by the government. We DON’T need bigger government. We need to remember what our founding fathers did for us in creating a FREE nation – the more we rely on government to hand out the checks – the more we sacrifice our freedoms.

    • Andrew April 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

      Thanks for the comment. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that we rely on “government to hand out the checks.” Instead, what I believe – and many other professed progressives believe – is that, in a nation as wealthy as ours, a certain minimal standard of living should be met. This means that everyone has shelter, enough to eat, and access to quality medical care. Health care should be considered a fundamental human right, and profit should have absolutely no role in its distribution. Now, it is unlikely that anyone is going to choose to exist solely on the minimum standard ensured by such a social safety net. But the safety net needs to exist, so that those among us who do fall on hard times have enough to survive. I’ve met very few self-professed conservatives who had a problem availing themselves of government welfare when it suited them to do so.

      Regarding the military, our current expenditures can hardly be classified as “defense” spending. When US military spending accounts 43% of global expenditures – compared to 6% for number 2 China – it is impossible to claim our intentions are for “defense” only. If you are truly interested in shrinking the size of our government, the military should be the first place you look, as it represents the single largest, most wasteful example of government spending.

      Ask yourself: Why are we involved militarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and – indirectly at least – Bahrain? Why do you care so much about $330 million spent to offer much-needed assistance to impoverished, sexually active teens and young adults, but then happily accept multi-trillion dollar wars of choice?

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