Thursday, February 02, 2006

And Republican's Wonder Why People Think They're Evil?

Hint: it's stuff like this:

Republicans in the House of Representatives narrowly won passage on Wednesday of a controversial bill to trim about $39 billion from domestic spending over five years, capping a year-long push to cut health care for the poor and elderly and other programs.


The spending cuts are a high priority of conservative Republicans who want to continue cutting taxes amid huge budget deficits, which could top $400 billion this year.

"Today we can begin the process of controlling out-of-control government spending," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, a conservative Republican.

Referring to $70 billion in proposed Republican tax cuts, Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said, "You don't have to be much beyond sixth grade to know that's going to add to your deficits" when offset by only $39 billion in spending cuts.

So, let me make sure I understand this: the proposal here is to further cut taxes on the richest of the rich fucks in this country, and then cut health care to poor folks and old folks? Right? So, this is basically the most morally reprehensible bill to pass through the halls of Congress since... I dunno, Nixon's Puppy-kicking and Kitten-stomping Act of 1972? And it won't even come close to off-setting the cost of the tax cuts? Which means that the "need to reduce the deficit" thing is just a smoke screen, an excuse to justify the fact that they really just want to cut any program that benefits the less fortunate, right? And this is the party of morals and values, the party of Jesus and Christians and all that stuff?


To quote Max Von Sydow in Hannah and her Sisters: "If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in His name, He'd never stop throwing up. "
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office this week said cuts to Medicaid spending would affect 13 million poor people, 20 percent of the program's participants. Many of those would be children, the CBO said.

Kid's never get sick, though, right? Right?!
The savings would include higher out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and other medical care for the poor.

Lonny Lefever, 53, who lives in the small town of Rosewood in western Ohio, is a Medicaid participant who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1995.

Lefever told Reuters in a telephone interview that higher copayments on the $1,800 in life-saving prescription drugs he takes each month will erode his only source of income, Social Security disability payments.

Asked how he would cope with higher out-of-pocket costs, Lefever said: "I'll be honest with you. My thought would be to get it (money for prescription drugs) any way I could. But I don't want to go to jail." He added: "I would just hope I'd last until we got some other responsible government in position to change these laws. It's scary."

Awesome. Turn to a life of crime, or die. Yeah, keep voting based on "morals and values," everyone. It's working out great for all of us.

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