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Forum Post: Let Them Eat Bombs! - Congress cuts social programs

Posted 2 years ago on May 11, 2012, 3:37 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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House passes "Bombs not Bread" bill after super committee failure.

The House on Thursday passed its plan to spare the military's growing budget from mandatory cuts, instead slashing Medicaid, benefits for federal workers and programs to help feed hungry Americans.

The House drew up the "reconciliation budget" in hopes of heading off automatic cuts mandated in last summer's deal to raise the nation's debt limit. Under that deal, $1.2 trillion must be "sequestered" -- that is, cut -- from the budget over the next 10 years, with about half coming from the military. Such reductions would still allow the defense budget to grow by 20 percent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/paul-ryan-budget-house-defense-food-stamps_n_1506454.html

The theft of rights, horrible decision making, and budget strategy from this Congress are pathetic.

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[-] 4 points by ClearTarget (216) 2 years ago

The typical Republicons with their "oh its hard times so lets cut social spending but give handouts to banks that failed" This is rewarding incompetence on the grandest scale. So much for society rewarding effort accordingly right?

[-] 2 points by JoeTheFarmer (2654) 2 years ago

I agree whole heartily with this statement. The government should not be picking winners and losers. Especially because they get it wrong most of the time.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Yeah this asshole, John Bruning, is running for Senate in my state and he's running on "Let's raise the retirement age on social security. We all need to make some sacrifices sometimes."

It's funny how the rich assholes that retire early always tell other people to work for less money and retire later.

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[-] 0 points by regimechange (15) 2 years ago

Democrats are no better than the Republicans. They are the puppet on the Left and the puppet on the Right hand of the same global corporate fascist elite. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, and voting in false choice elections choosing the lesser of two evils is just that:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oNfVQ-7M-VQ/THFTY65XDgI/AAAAAAAAAP4/ohnlB1ZUoXo/s1600/march_of_tyranny.jpg

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

These cuts make me furious more than anything.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (28085) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

This may be the final nail in their political career coffins.

Shit is goin on and sounds like Karma is starting to kick some corporate ass. Then these jerks go and throw gas onto the fire.

What next?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I think a good half a dozen of these clowns have no idea the impact of those cuts.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28085) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Lets hope that someday soon they will know just how wrong they are.

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

It's really sick. This part makes me more angry than anything

Had the deal gone according to normal, with equal cuts to defense and social programs... "Such reductions would still allow the defense budget to grow by 20 percent."

But that isn't enough for these warmongers.

End the wars! Wall Street is making a killing on all these corporate contracts with the military.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4488) 2 years ago

Good Post

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20459) 2 years ago

Good post. Wars are profit making for many of the members of Congress.

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

The worst part is that it's not even surprising anymore.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20459) 2 years ago

Right. Let's start or extend a war and run out and buy stock.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/companies-profiting-from-war_n_1313392.html

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

I remember when Factsrfun told me I was trying to coopt OWS to become an anti-war movement. I told him the 1% loves war. That's where they get a lot of profits. I also told him if he doesn't think Wall Street profits from the wars... then he should really look into Wall Street.

Thanks for the link. End the wars.

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[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

it's baffling that congress would play it's hand out like that

people oppose violence

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Do they? They keep voting for pro-war candidates.

this part grinds my gears the most "Such reductions would still allow the defense budget to grow by 20 percent."

Just wow you know.

[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

I'm not sure war is discussed as an issue of candidacy on anyside

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

I think you're right on that one.

[-] 1 points by bettydonnelly (115) 2 years ago

Para 2 above has an error Federal Workers do not get Medicaid they have Health Ins thru work just like all Federal employees. Medicaid is for low income folks no matter what your age. I think it's like Food stamps If you earn less than $ 1200 /Mo you are eligible. For you young folks don't get Medicare confused with Medicaid. Medicare kicks in for everyone @ age 65. You pay all your working life 1.45 % of your FICA Tax goes for Medicare. Unless the Re-pelicans get their way and raise the age to 67 or higher. And Obama instead of saying no, not on my watch said lets negotiate on this. What a Phony... Go gang good luck in Tampa. Grandma Betty.

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

reread paragraph 2.

it basically says instead of cutting military spending they want to make cuts to medicaid and social programs to feed the hungry and benefits to federal workers.

Also I did not write this post. It is copied from the original writer in the link I provided.

"How do we reconcile more money for bombs while cutting money for bread?" asked Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). "The real deficit that we are dealing with here is a moral deficit, and it's time that we face the truth."

[-] 1 points by dragon13 (12) 2 years ago

Time for a vote of no confidence in Congress.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

we can only hope the democrats in the senate stop this madness

The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S

http://gma.yahoo.com/number-ph-d-public-aid-triples-u-151203995--abc-news-money.html

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

medicine would be worth perusing

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 2 years ago

this is actually good as these are educated intelligent people that , now that they are "low class" can understand and help this fight against the war machine

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

and almost a year later they do it again.

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Do you know who loves defense spending? WALL STREET DOES!!! They make a killing from it.

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Is this the United States Congress or the board of directors meeting for Goldman Sachs??