The president’s budget is what you might expect from a collaboration between Ebeneezer Scrooge and Otto Bismark – lots of martial money paid for by cutting Tiny Tim’s health insurance and sticking him back on the street to beg. His own contribution consists of lying about what it means.
As Bush has learned nothing from the Iraq war, so has he learned nothing from the utter failure of his low-tax experiment or the meaning of the November election. Soundly repudiated on all fronts, he is nevertheless plunging ahead with yet another attempt to gut Medicare and Medicaid, privatize Social Security – or failing that, destroy it – and rip away what’s left of any welfare program not aimed at the rich, the corporatocracy, and/or the military-industrial complex.
The equation isn’t even hidden. He doesn’t bother. (more…)