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February 07, 2005

Guns and Butter

Maybe I can save you some time. I found what I was looking for here: a short list of the bad stuff compiled by Senate gadfly Jim Jeffords.

* Environment. Cuts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by 5.6 percent from $8.02 billion to $7.57 billion, culminating in an almost 10 percent cut over two years. Most cuts come in efforts to maintain and improve the nation's clean water infrastructure.

* Veterans. More than doubles the co-payment charged to many veterans for prescription drugs and would require some to pay a new fee of $250 a year for the privilege of using the Veterans health care system.

* Health Care. Cuts Medicaid funding by $45 billion over 10 years and eliminates 28 health programs, totaling $1.36 billion. These programs range from rural hospital grants (cuts $39.5 million) to emergency medical services for children (cuts $20 million).

* Job Training. Cuts federal spending on job training by a half-billion dollars. Federal job training programs, including dislocated-worker training, will be cut by $200 million. Federal aid to states for job training, including funding to train veterans, will be cut by $300 million.

* Amtrak. Eliminates all funding for Amtrak, calling bankruptcy proceedings as the solution for our nation's rail system.

* Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP). Cuts LIHEAP by over 8 percent, from $2.2 billion to $2 billion.

* Parks. Cuts the National Park Service by 3 percent from $2.31 billion to $2.24 billion.

This is also where I found the link to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities budget assessment.

Anything else I could say would just be stating the obvious.

Posted by pam at February 7, 2005 10:22 PM | TrackBack
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You know, Pam, as I was taking trains from Rome to Florence and Venice and from the airport to Amsterdam, I was thinking that we'd be so much better off if we ivested more in our rail system. It really is such an efficient way to travel. Figure.

Not that this cut, nor any of the others you list, suprise me. Sigh.

Posted by: paulette on February 8, 2005 06:11 PM

Not to mention the $1.1 billion they are trying to cut out of food stamps. So, maybe not so much butter.

Posted by: terry on February 8, 2005 09:42 PM

The "guns and butter" thing comes from a WaPo article about the budget:

"This is not a time when we can have guns and butter in excess. We're going to have a fair amount of butter," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)."But it's just not going to be at the level that it might have been in the past if we weren't at war."

If by a fair amount, you mean NONE? I feel like everything I can say here just comes out comic book cynical. Food stamps should have been part of Jefford's list, Terry, you are right.

On a tangent, Google "guns and butter." Who knew? You economists, maybe, but not I.

Posted by: pam on February 9, 2005 12:55 AM
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