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How the Budget Cutting Is Going to Go Down

If Snoopy had ever pointed out to Charlie Brown that Lucy was just going to yank the football away again at the last second, Charlie would have only heard barking.

I hope all the good people chattering away about how cutting Social Security would be political suicide, and therefore won't happen, can hear more than barking in the following.

In the best case scenario, and least likely outcome, the Super Congress will fail to produce a plan or to pass one through the actual Congress.  In that case, the backup disaster plan will kick in and deem itself passed automatically.  Those who had voted against setting up this deal will claim innocence.  The others will claim that their only other choice had been Armageddon. 

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To Whom Do We Now Turn?

"The Democratic Party is running away from its traditional role of protecting the poor, the elderly, and the working class," writes Congressman Dennis Kucinich.  "To whom do these groups now turn?"

We turn to ourselves, Congressman.  You know that.  And you know I love you.  But we've got to stop turning to people, much less parties.  It's killing us.  We can work with you and all of our friends, but we're going to have to do this ourselves.  There's nobody so poor, so elderly, so working class, so sick, so weak, or so wounded that they can't help this country a hell of a lot more themselves than can your colleagues, Congressman, the vast majority of whom, politically speaking, aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

No Deal

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Dear David,

The debt ceiling deal struck last night does not tax the rich or even allow temporary tax cuts on the rich to expire. Nor does it defund any wars. Yet it requires cuts of $1.2 trillion now and $2.5 trillion over a decade.
 
Tell Congress to reject this deal.
 
Details of much of the cutting will be worked out by a new 12-member Super Congress empowered to cut any spending, and to force a rushed vote with no amendments on whatever it proposes to the actual Congress. And if that antidemocratic procedure fails, cuts will happen automatically. Half of those cuts might be to the military, but that should be seen before believed, and the devil will be in the details -- details being rammed through under the gun of a manufactured crisis.

Will you take two minutes today and send this message to Congress before the vote?

 
The President gives us credit for solving his non-problem: "The voice of the American people is a powerful thing," he remarked Sunday night. But has anyone in Washington heard that voice? Your efforts have added more Congress members to the list of those committed to protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
 
But compare how you would spend the federal budget to how it is spent. We guarantee the two are miles apart, and about to get much more distant.
 
This is a terrible deal. Tell Congress to reject it now.

Thanks,
Aimee, David, Sarah
and the RootsAction team

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How would you spend the federal budget?

budgetTime to take out the good ol' fashioned paper and pen and create your budget. As George Lakoff once wrote, a budget is a value document. So enter numbers based on your values. When you're done, scroll down to compare your budget with the one governing United States federal spending.

Directions: Enter a percentage of the budget that you would spend on each of these six broad categories.  (If you're feeling industrious, fill in each little line item.)  Make sure the total equals 100%.

FRIENDLY FOREIGN RELATIONS____%

Economic development aid to select foreign countries, medical aid to poor nations, and development aid to poor nations, the Peace Corps, and disaster relief abroad: ____%
State Department: ____%
United Nations, peacekeeping, weapons nonproliferation: ____%

HOSTILE FOREIGN RELATIONS____%

Military and Homeland Security Department and military "aid" to other nations: ____%
Current wars: ____%
Veterans' benefits: ____%

SUSTAINABLE POLICIES____%

Job training, mass transit, and a jobs program to build renewable energy infrastructure and mass transit: ____%
Management of public lands: ____%
Pollution control and Renewable energy research: ____%
Subsidies to small farmers: ____%

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH____%

Elementary and secondary education, and higher education, and special education for students with disabilities: ____%
Medical research: ____%
Scientific research: ____%
Nasa: ____%

BASIC GOVERNANCE____%

Law enforcement and federal prisons: ____%
Housing for the poor and elderly: ____%
Paying off national debt: ____%

BIG AGRICULTURE AND BIG TRANSPORTATION____%

Airports and railroads and highways: ____%
Subsidies to big agriculture: ____%______

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Now compare what you did with what the White House projects for 2015.

Debt Is A Crisis

What if the imminent banging of Uncle Sam's skull into the looming debt ceiling isn't a crisis, but the very concept of debt is? The debt ceiling has been lifted numerous times without fanfare or fainting spells. All we face this week is a fabricated opportunity to gut social programs and trusts under the guise of a phony crisis and a discourse constricted to exclude taxation of the wealthy or cuts to the war machine.

Balance the Budget on the Backs of Billionaires

By David Swanson, RootsAction.org

The wealthiest nation on earth is not actually obliged to starve our senior citizens.  We don't need a military 670% more expensive than the next largest one on earth.  We don't need to fund health insurance corporations instead of healthcare.  And we don't need tax breaks for billionaires.  In fact, we don't need billionaires.  That's the message RootsAction is taking to Congress.

Move the Budget Debate to One of Those Democracies We're Bombing into Place

Imagine how radically different the current debate over the Giant Debt Ceiling Monster would look if we moved it to one of those nations we're bombing into a democracy. Imagine us all still U.S. residents with the same views we have now, but imagine that our representatives in Washington, D.C., were obliged to give a damn what we thought.