Thursday, May 27, 2004

Cheap Bastards

The Education President and the Leader Against the War On Terror wants to cut funding for the Education Department and Homeland Security if he is re-elected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration has told officials who oversee federal education, domestic security, veterans and other programs to prepare preliminary 2006 budgets that would cut spending after the presidential election, according to White House documents.

The programs facing reductions — should President Bush be re-elected in November — would also include the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department.

Many of the targeted programs are widely popular. Cuts could carry a political price for a president who has touted his support for schools, the environment and other domestic initiatives.

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The documents show spending for:

–domestic security at the Homeland Security Department and other agencies would go from $30.6 billion in 2005 to $29.6 billion in 2006, a 3 percent drop.

–the Education Department would go from $57.3 billion in 2005 to $55.9 billion in 2006, 2.4 percent less.

–the Veterans Affairs Department would fall 3.4 percent from $29.7 billion in 2005 to $28.7 billion.

–the Environmental Protection Agency would drop from $7.8 billion in 2005 to $7.6 billion, or 2.6 percent.

–the National Institutes of Health, which finances biomedical research and had its budget doubled over a recent five-year period, would fall from $28.6 billion to $28 billion, or 2.1 percent.

–the Interior Department would fall 1.9 percent from $10.8 billion in 2005 to $10.6 billion.

–the Defense Department would grow 5.2 percent to $422.7 billion in 2006, and the Justice Department would increase 4.3 percent to $19.5 billion in 2006.

I can expect the Republican to cut such things as EPA and NIH since those are the pervues of “humanitarian tree-hugging do-gooders,” but cutting the VA and Education? Aside from Defense spending, those are the two areas that have the most lasting long-term benefits for the most citizens. But leave it to the short-sighted Bushies who can’t see past November 2004. What a bunch of cheap bastards.