Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Saturday, February 05, 2005


I'm not even going to try to say anything clever today. The maladministration budget proposal is dribbling out, and in order, supposedly, to cut the deficit, they are proposing to increase the military budget by 4.8%, to $419 billion -- whoops, that's not counting $80 billion they're going to ask for next week to continue to prosecute the "war" against Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction Related Program Activities or whatever it is they're fighting against, plus whatever additional number of tens or hundreds of billions of dollars they're going to need after that, but meanwhile . . .

They want to cut the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 9% -- and that's in nominal dollars, meaning the real cut is greater. Overall cuts to HHS discretionary programs will be 2.4%. Among the programs to be drastically cut are, get this, bioterrorism preparedness programs., also chronic disease prevention programs and block grants to the states for urgent health needs. We have yet to see what they propose to do to Medicare and Medicaid.

They are doing this to all of us -- risking our lives, our well being, and the future of our children -- so they and their rich friends won't have to pay taxes, and they can pursue their megalomaniacal delusions of world domination. That's it. No more. It stops, now.

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