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In efforts to get the federal deficit down, House Republicans have recently proposed a plethora of solutions, most aimed solely at the 15 percent of spending known as non-security discretionary spending. Cuts to this relatively small piece of the federal budget have the greatest potential to affect day-to-day activities for many people.
Most of this money is allocated to agencies such as the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, who in turn pass this money onto state and local governments to fund schools, public transportation and other critical services. Reductions in this money would further threaten an education system that has a host of issues.
But today, as the United States ends combat in Iraq, it appears that our $3 trillion estimate (which accounted for both government expenses and the war's broader impact on the U.S. economy) was, if anything, too low. For example, the cost of diagnosing, treating and compensating disabled veterans has proved higher than we expected.
Cutting aid to the middle and lower classes is not the answer.
but we can't fund our schools?
Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.
Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.
"Teachers who didn't believe in the students didn't come on board," said Kristin Waters, principal during the transition. Teachers also had to have "a willingness to learn and to grow and to work with other teachers.
Originally posted by Sestias
The right wing in our country is only interested in three things: war and the well-being of corporations and the very rich top 2% of Americans. Oh yes, they are also interested in restricting women's right to make their own reproductive choices and in general imposing their version of religious morality on the population.
That's it. That's what they're all about.
What they want to do is to cut all social programs -- including educating the next generation of citizens -- because they do not think that old or disabled or middle-class people in general are worthy of being helped in any way. Those who are not young enough or smart enough or privileged enough or ruthless enough to claw their way up to the top of the economic ladder deserve to suffer and die. These people are losers in Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" so it's best that they just naturally become extinct.
Not that right-wingers are not charitable at times. They just want their money to go ONLY to those they personally consider "worthy" of their assistance. They don't want the government to step in and be impartial about who gets the benefits.
The Democrats are almost as bad as the Republicans when it comes to funding the wars. Most of the millions of dollars they send to help the countries in which they are fighting wind up in the pockets of the very rich, not the people at all.
A agree. Let's take care of our people at home and not try to rule the world.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by Violater1
Well that is not what our military industrial complex is all about this days, most of our defense budget doesn't go to military directly is goes to pay all the private entities that are leaching the tax payer in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, all the waste and mismanagement of tax payer money that can not be accounted for.
Yes, private contractors are the ones reaping the benefits of having those two wars.