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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:43 AM
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Email from Alan Grayson points out the shortcomings of the budget "compromise"
"So no matter how many children H.R. 1473 may kill, it wont set a record. At most, it will earn the silver medal for cruelty."


Email I received from Alan Grayson points out shortcomings of budget deal...


Dear Scuba,

In Washington, DC, the leaders of both parties are celebrating. Woo-hoo, we made a deal! Isnt that great?!
Well, it depends on the deal.

There is one particular part of the federal budget that Ive been following closely for the past couple of weeks. Since March 30th. When Rajiv Shah, the head of the US Agency for International Development, testified that Republican budget cuts would kill 70,000 children. We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying, he said. Of that 70,000, 30,000 would come from malaria control programs that would have to be scaled back specifically. The other 40,000 is broken out as 24,000 would die because of a lack of support for immunizations and other investments, and 16,000 would because of a lack of skilled attendants at birth.
Now, admittedly, all these children deliberately chose to be born outside the United States. To make things worse, they selected parents living in poverty. And, of course, most of them have brown skin.

Notwithstanding all that, I would very much prefer to see these children alive. Maybe its just me, but it disturbs me to think that 70,000 innocent children will die in pain from malaria or some other horrible disease, or die at birth because no one in the neighborhood happens to know how to perform an episiotomy.

Not to mention the mothers. Among women, at the time when my mother was born, the second leading cause of death was birth. Childbirth, specifically. Thats still true in some other parts of the world.

After I heard about Shahs testimony, I looked up the bill he was referring to, H.R. 1. Its true. In Title XI of the bill, the section on the State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations, there are big cuts.

Then yesterday, when the Republicans posted their new budget bill H.R. 1473 online, I looked that up, too. And, starting on Page 364, I saw big cuts in the State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations. Not quite as big as H.R. 1. But still big.
Personally, Id like to know how many children H.R. 1473 is going to kill. But no one in Washington, DC is likely to provide that figure, because the leaders of both parties are so busy celebrating the compromise.

But there is no compromise, there is no middle ground, between life and death.

The record for human sacrifice was established in 1487, by the Aztecs. Aztec priests slaughtered 80,000 prisoners of war, to celebrate their new temple. (The event was loosely portrayed in Mel Gibsons 2006 movie Apocalypto.)

So no matter how many children H.R. 1473 may kill, it wont set a record. At most, it will earn the silver medal for cruelty.

I just wish that someone, in either party, would make the case that the federal budget is not simply 500 pages of large numbers. It also represents our collective effort to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and heal the sick. To help people accomplish whatever it is that they can accomplish in life, unburdened and undefeated by poverty, bigotry, hunger, unemployment, disease, racism, sexism and ignorance. Our collective effort to fulfill the last four words of the Pledge of Allegiance: and justice for all.

Aint that America?

Courage,

Alan Grayson
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:43 AM
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:17 AM
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2. I thought it hardly cut anything?
I wish I could get a straight read on this. Someone must be off.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:53 AM
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3. I wonder what he has to say about CBO's take on the deal.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:54 AM by JTFrog
I'm confused also.

Here's what I found in H.R. 1

H.R. 1 :

Sec. 2118. Notwithstanding section 1101, the amounts included under the heading Bilateral Economic Assistance, Funds Appropriated to the President, Global Health and Child Survival in division F of Public Law 111-117 shall be applied to funds appropriated by this division as follows: by substituting in the first paragraph $2,149,780,000 for $2,420,000,000; by substituting in the second paragraph $4,845,700,000 for $5,359,000,000 and $600,000,000 for $750,000,000.

And then H.R. 1473

H.R. 1473:

SEC. 2116. Notwithstanding section 1101, the amounts included under the heading Bilateral Economic Assistance, Funds Appropriated to the President, Global Health and Child Survival in division F of Public Law 111117 shall be applied to funds appropriated by this division as follows: by substituting in the first paragraph $2,500,000,000 for $2,420,000,000; and by substituting in the second paragraph $5,345,000,000 for $5,359,000,000.

I didn't find the referenced $600,000,000 for $750,000,000.
(I have an eye infection and an eyepatch at the moment, so reading is a bit painful.)




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