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Volume IV, Number 2, February, 2006

Leaving that Other America Behind

By Jamie McKenzie (About Author)

The Bush Budget for 2007 is a step into darkness - a dramatic retreat from social justice. It gives to the rich, takes from the poor, wastes funds on foreign adventures and bankrupts the nation.

At one point not so long ago, the United States strove to extend liberty, justice and equality at home. While the President spouts those words over and over again, his actions often undermine them.

Despite the sanctimony and claims of religiosity, Jesus, Mohammed and most other prophets would shake their heads in bewilderment at an administration that invests so heavily in warfare and tax cuts for the rich while running up the national debt and cutting back on support for the disadvantaged.

In Matthew 19:21, Jesus advises a rich man: "Sell your possessions and give the money to the poor. . . . It will be hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

Already compromised by inadequate funding, educational programs are on the chopping block, demonstrating the Administration's lack of commitment to genuine reform.

Tax cuts for the rich
and program cuts
for schools, children
and the poor.

According to a release from NEA:

Bush's budget proposal does away with 42 education programs.  These include career and technical education, school counseling, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, education technology grants and dropout prevention.  Also on the chopping block are GEAR-UP, TRIO Talent Search, and Upward Bound, programs that have helped generations of disadvantaged students prepare for and attend college.

The President’s proposal shortchanges No Child Left Behind by $15 billion, putting more pressure on schools already struggling to meet the one-size-fits-all requirements of the law.  

The budget proposal also drains $36 billion from Medicare over the next five years and at least $13.8 billion in cuts to Medicaid.  Millions of Americans rely on these programs to pay for their basic health care needs - particularly America 's elders, low-income and working families and their children, and individuals with disabilities.

February 17, 2006 NEA Insider

For more information on the budget proposal go to "NPR : An Inside Look: President Bush's 2007 Budget."

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