House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.” They couched deep spending reductions in any number of gauzy euphemisms.
What they would not do on Tuesday was call their budget plan, which slashes spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years, a “cut” [Jonathan Weisman, “House Republicans Propose Budget with Deep Cuts,” New York Times, 2015.03.17].
This slash-and-burn proposal is no “moral document”; it is just another Paul Ryan budget out to keep the rich rich and the poor oppressed. Robert Reich gives the straightest summary of the Republican budget proposal:
It (1) decimates programs for the poor (huge cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, and Pell grants for college students from poor families); (2) cuts federal aid to education; (3) turns Medicare into a voucher system (that doesn’t keep up with expected increases in healthcare costs); (4) repeals Obamacare (which is now providing health insurance to 16.4 million people who otherwise wouldn’t have it); (5) boosts military spending by nearly $40 billion next year (through an off-budget war funding account); (6) increases military spending in subsequent years while further cutting domestic discretionary spending; and (7) doesn’t raise a dime of taxes on the wealthy and doesn’t close any tax loopholes used by the rich [Robert Reich, Facebook post, 2015.03.17].
Constant war on the rest of the world, constant war on the 99% in America—that’s what you get if you keep electing people like Kristi Noem, John Thune, and M. Michael Rounds to Congress.
The Senate will likely reject this budget, since Thune and several others face re-election next year and don’t want to have to hommina-hommina around their colleagues crazy cuts all campaign. But fellow voters, why not save yourselves much sturm und drang and just vote for Democrats, who won’t propose bad bugdets like the House GOP?