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03 February 2004
  Priorities, Priorities

Bush's budget stands to put us in the hole for at least a trillion dollars. Republicans--and Bush-- want to use the deficit this will exacerbate(that Bush has gleefully created) as an excuse to cut as many social programs as they've left standing so far. Democrats want a debate on the subject, to say the least, as Bush plans to gut 128 programs. Among these?

...according to newly released details about his fiscal 2005 budget, Bush would scrap programs to improve writing skills, teach economics and foreign languages, and promote literacy in prison. A program that provides residents of poor areas access to computers and training would also get the ax, along with recreation programs for the disabled, aid for migrant farm workers, and an initiative to promote "educational equity" for girls and women. A public advocate of physical fitness and job training, Bush would do away with recreational programs for people with disabilities, deferring to states to pick up the slack. Olympic scholarships, arts in education, and a program for native Alaskans and Hawaiians called "exchanges with historic whaling and trading partners" would also be scrapped.

That's just a few. The whole thing reads like a Republican wish list from 1985. In all, 65 programs are to be terminated, 63 severely reduced.

But ricin has coincidentally been found in the Senate building, stopping Senate business. You remember, just like right after 9/11 and before Congress gave Bush the Patriot Act with little of the debate it was going to otherwise generate. (That time it was anthrax) And anyway, Michael Powell thinks an investigation into Janet Jackson's tit and its appearance at the "sacred"(his word) Super Bowl is a much better use of government time and money.

All of which nicely forces the budget out of the news, or at least marginalizes it until it's done & forgotten. (The Jacksons have been very useful for this distractive purpose to the Bush administration; even I devoted one blog to stinkin' Michael Jackson. By the way, if red wine, by him, is "Jesus Blood," then when he calls white wine "Jesus Juice," well, what can that mean? Eww...)

And not coincidentally, it's being reported that ricin has been also found in a mailing center in Connecticut(this also was the second step after the Senate last time), and last time this made people, particularly in the northeast, paranoid to go outside for a while.

What day is today, kids? The day seven Democratic primaries occur.

Hey, guess what? You're being tricked again. And I bet you'll just let it pass.

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." --old saying.

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I happened to come across this doing research on other stuff. Sound like any country you know? (and to my critics: is this source "mainstream" enough?)

Furthermore, the monarchy almost always spent more each year than it collected in taxes; consequently, it was forced to borrow, which it did increasingly during the 18th century. Debt grew in part because France participated in a series of costly wars-the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748), the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), and the American Revolution (1775-1783). Large existing debts and a history of renouncing earlier ones meant that the country was forced to borrow at higher interest rates than some other countries, further adding to the already massive debt. By 1789 the state was forced to spend nearly half its yearly revenues paying the interest it owed.

"French Revolution," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2000. © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Ironic we so derided France over the Iraq matter. (Not that they're doing themselves any favors with the hejab ban right now, mind you, but my disrespect for France is long-standing & entirely independent of Bush)

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