Bush Messed with
Texas, U.S. is Next
by Katrina Brown
No-one denies that Texas is a mess. But what people don't
know is that at one time Texas enjoyed a nice surplus. The
people of Texas wanted their surplus to go for things like
eduction, medicare and other responsible things, but instead
Bush decided to give Texas a huge tax cut for the rich. As
a result of that, the people have enjoyed higher property
taxes, and a few other new taxes such as being taxed to go
to the tanning booths.
Another thing Texas has enjoyed thanks to Bush's large tax
cut for the rich is a bankrupt state. And just when I thought
it couldn't get any worse, I found another interesting piece
of information: The top 5% in Texas control over 50% of Texas's
money. The rich gained this control through the 'tax cut'.
The people of Texas are forced to live with a minimum wage
of $3.35 an hour (Bush also refused federal money to help
bring that wage up). 60% of Texan families are making less
money than they did in the 70's. If I am not mistaken, this
sounds like class warfare to me. All thanks to Bushes tax
cut for the rich.
Now Bush wants to give all of America the same tax cut. This
is an outrage. How can people be so blind? The GOP does not
want the people to have control - the rich lose too much money
that way. Wake up America!
Responsible things Bushes tax cut to JUST the top 1% would
- Pay almost two million teachers' salaries for 10
- Increase the federal Pell Grant budget 88-fold
or multiply federal student loans 18 times.
- Multiply federal funding for class size reduction 193
- Pay for pre-school for all of the nation's four-year-olds
almost eight times over (based on a cost estimate
by the Brookings Institution's Isabel Sawhil)l: http://www.brook.edu/
- Multiply federal spending on school renovation by 59
times (compared to the estimate for 2001).
- Pay two million police officers' salaries for 10
- Multiply federal spending on substance abuse and mental
health services 29 times.
- Quadruple the National Institutes of Health's budget or
increase funding for the National Cancer Institute 234-fold.
- Fully fund a comprehensive Medicare prescription
drug benefit for senior citizens - with $36 billion
left over. http://www.ctj.org/html/usaction.htm
- More than double Bush's tax cut for the bottom
80 percent of Americans.
- Triple funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit
for the working poor and the child tax credit put together.
- Almost quadruple federal spending on welfare, child
care, and child support enforcement. http://www.cbo.gov/
- More than quadruple federal housing assistance.
- Multiply spending on the supplemental food program WIC
19 times or almost quadruple the federal food
- Increase international food aid 97-fold.
- Double federal spending on mass transit, highways,
- Triple the total expenditures on natural resources,
pollution control, and Superfund cleanup.
- Quadruple federal expenditures on farm income stabilization.
Wouldn't investing in any one of these be truly investing
in America? Why are we subsidizing the already rich?
Contact your local senator, tell them to "just say no"
to Bush's tax cut to the rich: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html