Friday, May 28, 2004

The Washington Post Does Its Job

The Washington Post got hold of some juicy documents that show all kinds of cuts if Bush re-takes the oval office, their next step in drowning Government in a bath-tub. Of course, in a land where the government is the people, Grover Norquist is suggesting that he and his neo-con tax zealots want to shrink and drown us. Not surprising, given their disdain for unions, working people, health care (instead of the sick care they get rich from), and any kind of social program whatsoever--flushing the last of FDR right down the aging sewer. They even want to put Reagan on the dime, facing right.

Best to just let the numbers speak for themselves. For the 2006 budget, the Bushies have suggested (as taken from the Bush budget plan eyes cuts for schools, veterans):

--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.

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