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Congress is trying to hammer out the final details of budget cuts. The House passed their version late into the night last week and it was 217-215. This was mostly along partisan lines with 14 Republicans joining Democrats but still losing the fight. What does this mean? Well, they did drop ANWR from the House version but the Senate still has it. The real issue is the $50 billion in cuts represents 1/3 of a percent of the total $14.3 trillion spent over the next 5 years. What are the cutting though? All the social program mainly, things like student loan programs, Medicaid, thousands will be kicked off of food stamps and child support enforcement.
This is why I don't support the Republicans. They encourage poverty, they encourage the social darwinism or is this their own version of intelligent design. I have to say I've a very personal opinion on this subject because if this stuff had happened a few years ago, my family would've been the ones losing out here.
Without going into too much detail, due to family circumstances, my family required food stamps, housing assistance, student loans, medical assistance, etc. from the federal government. We probably would've survived without it, but my mother probably wouldn't have made it to nursing school otherwise. The thing is, most people on receiving government assistance of some sort aren't there permanently and don't want to be. They don't like it. There are always exceptions and some people abuse the system. But that is not the rule as many would have us believe.
The point is the Republicans, and I'm laying all this at their feet because this is how they voted, being the good Christians they are voted to take food and shelter from the poor, those living ever so slightly above the poverty level will be forced below if these measure are enacted. While the Senate version is different, the problem of ANWR is still on the table because it's in the Senate budget still and they've said they won't budge on it.
The New Colossus - Emma Lazarus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
It seems every year we get further away from the ideal instead of closer to it. At the current rate, we're going to need a new America, because many will be even poorer, more tirder and definitely more wretched.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:26 AM
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Please remember.. the repugs DO love the unborn children of the poor & desperate. They insist we must only teach abstinence, since birth control is evil. They fight tooth and nail to be sure this child is born and that abortion does not take this life...
and once born, if the single teen parent can't make ends meet, can't get a job, can't afford day-care, can't keep for on the table, resorts to theft, crime, prostitution, ANYTHING that will allow them to make more than minimum wage, then they are evil and the repugs can't understand why someone who is unable to take better care of a child had that child in the first place...
I do not have children. I am saddened that abortion occurs. I am more furious though at the hypocrisy of thopse 'Moral' folks who seem to believe that if you are young and make a mistake, that you and your child 'DESERVE" to suffer for your sin...
Quick Sick Joke:
How do you get members of the Moral Majority to support abortion?
Have they 14 year old daughter tell them she's pregnant and the father is black.
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The Republican budget plan is especially cruel to the poor and does nothing to reduce the deficit as it gives more tax cuts to the rich. I am a Democrat because of a belief in an activist role by government to protect workers and consumers and that a civilized nation must provide a safety net for the less fortunate. Democrats need to get back to being the party focused on working families. There has been far too much attention focused on issues that should not define our party like abortion, gay rights and gun control.
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You're right about that. All those are wedge in issues in most cases and while I think they are important, from a political standpoint, the working families angle is a much stronger angle to work from. From my own standpoint, being one of those working families, I think we as a party have gotten to worked up over issues that just get people on both sides of the arguement upset. Far too many families struggle, they work hard and they struggle. They may need a little help to make it to the next level, but cutting their college loans or their healthcare just keeps them in the gutters.
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