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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:31 AM
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Bush's Budget Moves Have Made the Future a Voiceless Victim
January 10, 2005 E-mail story Print

Ronald Brownstein:
Washington Outlook

It may be difficult to believe, but as the debate on Social Security begins, what Washington needs most is another lobbying group. This one would advocate for the interests of Americans not yet born.

Concern for future generations has been scarce in the capital's recent fiscal decisions. First, President Bush muscled through Congress a series of massive tax cuts that showered benefits on today's taxpayers but left future taxpayers the prospect of unending federal budget deficits. Then, after a bidding war between the two parties, Congress approved and Bush signed an expensive new prescription drug benefit for seniors.

Over the next 75 years, the best estimate is that Bush's tax cuts will cost from $10 trillion to $12 trillion. The prescription drug bill will cost about $8 trillion. All this comes while bills mount for the global war against terrorism. In essence, we've voted ourselves more services and lower taxes and billed both to our children through a higher national debt that is soaring again after shrinking in the late 1990s.

The combined cost of the tax cut and prescription drug benefit is about five times larger than the projected gap between Social Security's revenue and its promised benefits over the next 75 years. Yet Washington has decided that the Social Security shortfall is the real crisis. So the administration is discussing changes that would sharply reduce guaranteed Social Security benefits for young workers while protecting benefits for those at or near retirement today...
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:33 AM
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1. these jerks are cold-blooded killers of the voiceless future...
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:39 AM
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2. It appears Bushco is leaving no
stone unturned to bring America to it's knees. It will be trashed beyond belief. God help us all.
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:11 AM
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3. Yeah, what "tax cuts?"
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:12 AM by kysrsoze
Tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy. Does anybody think the wealthy are going to support the tax base through a consumption tax? What a joke. They could buy a Range Rover in every color and not make a dent. I saw a statistic today - the top 1% make the same income as the bottom 57%. These people can afford to pay their share, but evidently get a bonus while the rest of us are fucked.

Again, the goal is to bankrupt the Government and eliminate as many social programs as possible. It will be a true ownership society owned by the top 1%.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:37 AM
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4. bushco apparently has no interest in planning for ANY future whatsoever.
grab it while you can. he's the leader of a band of looters.
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