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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.