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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 06:55 AM
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GOP wants cuts to social programs to protect military contractors, er, I mean military budgets
The right claims to be patriotic, but wants to cut veterans' benefits while protecting people who get rich overcharging U.S. taxpayers for obsolete crap and things like hammers (of the kind that Home Depot sells).

That is a very odd definition of patriotism indeed.

Meanwhile, both major parties are targeting things like fuel subsidies, disability payments, etc. It's a shameful course.

And by "the right," I do mean "the right." I don't care which letter you chose to put between the parentheses after your name because you thought it likeliest to further your personal ambition.

GOP wants cuts to social programs to protect military budgets
May 7, 2012

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday will fire their first shots of the next deficit-reduction battle, advancing legislation to cut nearly $380 billion largely from social programs while protecting defense spending.

The cuts to food stamps, child tax credits and Medicaid healthcare for the poor, among others, are certain to stall in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate. But they stake out Republicans negotiating stance on replacing $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that are due to take effect in January.

The Sequester Replacement Act authored by influential House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and expected to be approved by the panel on Monday, also will underscore the deep differences between Republican and Democratic spending priorities as campaigns for Novembers elections gain momentum.

Already, House Democrats are pouncing on the effort as hurting the poor, claiming that $35.8 billion in food stamp reductions over 10 years will cut off 1.8 million people from the nutrition assistance program.

"What would Jesus do," indeed.

And the joke is that Ryan claims this is a reflection of his Catholic faith. A priest pointed out that Ryan has apparently confused Jesus with Ryan's heroine, Ayn Rand.
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