Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bush's cruel, cruel conservatism

Still think Bush is some sort of compassionate conservative? Then tell me what's so compassionate about this:

President Bush's budget calls for elimination of a $255 lump-sum death payment that has been part of Social Security for more than 50 years and urges Congress to cut off monthly survivor benefits to 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts.

If approved, the two proposals would save a combined $3.4 billion over the next decade, according to administration estimates.

Oh, sure, both cuts can be spun to look good, and the spinning has already begun in earnest, but put that $3.4 billion figure next to the enormity of Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy or of the ongoing costs of the Iraq War. Are the cuts worth it? Or are they not rather cruel?

Atrios and Josh Marshall want to know which Republican Congressmen support this plan to cut Social Security. Absolutely. Let's get them on the record. Let's find out who buys into Bush's cruel, cruel conservatism.

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  • These policies are so ugly and they hurt so many people. How is it okay in the minds of Republican voters to continue to support these reverse Robin Hood economic policies? Are Americans just so cynical that we will now accept anything simply because we feel powerless to change it? We should all be pissed off enough by now to demand better.

    By Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door, at 8:43 PM  

  • That's true, Aaron, but what have the Republicans done to deal with the problem? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the Democrats have all the answers either, but recent Republican efforts have been, to quote LGND, "ugly".

    What do you recommend?

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 5:39 PM  

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