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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-05 10:04 AM
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7. Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial on Cuts
The following are excerpts from an editorial in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (a Knight-Ridder paper) about the GOP Cuts:

"All that tough talk from conservatives about deadbeat dads paying child support? It's just that - talk. This legislation would cut child-support enforcement programs by $5 billion over five years. States would fill in some of that gap. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that, as a result of these cuts, $7.9 billion in child support payments would go uncollected over the next five years. While lawmakers were at it, they decided to cut about $400 million in foster-care payments. Student aid is also on the chopping block.

Cutting such programs in the name of "deficit reduction" is a budgetary lie. This plan won't reduce the deficit at all, if Congress follows it up as expected later this month with $70 billion in tax cuts. It's perverse even by this Congress' standards to cut free school lunches to make way for extended tax relief for the wealthy from capital gains and stock dividends...

If Congress were making the hard choices, it would cut the nearly $24 billion in highway pork projects from the recently approved transportation bill. It could cut the $11 billion Moon/Mars mission..."
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