Bush Priorities: Iraq v. Medicare

Juxtaposing two articles, one from the NYT on Friday and the other printed in the WaPo yesterday, says pretty much all that needs to be said about what the Bush Administration thinks is important. From the WaPo:

President Bush will ask Congress for close to three-quarters of a trillion dollars in defense spending on Monday, including $245 billion to cover the cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and other elements of the “global war on terror,” senior administration officials said yesterday.

Democrats said the gigantic spending request will precipitate “sticker shock” on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were already planning to scrutinize White House war-spending requests more zealously.

But on Friday:

President Bush will ask Congress in his budget next week to squeeze more than $70 billion of savings from Medicare and Medicaid over the next five years, administration officials and health care lobbyists said Thursday.The proposals, part of a White House plan to balance the budget by 2012, set the stage for a battle with Congress over entitlement spending. Even some administration officials say they cannot imagine approval of such large cutbacks in a Congress now controlled by Democrats.

Mr. Bush is also expected to propose changes in the Children’s Health Insurance Program to sharpen its focus on low-income families. The changes could reduce federal payments to states that cover children with family incomes exceeding twice the poverty level. Under federal guidelines, a family of four is considered poor if its annual income is less than $20,650.

For an illegal, pre-emptive war based on lies and greed, everything. Massive debt, death and destabilization? He’s for them. But for the poor, even poor children? “Go suck an egg.”

To quote Molly, this crowd is beyond belief.

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