09/22/2005: Stupid Budget Tricks....
From Josh Marshall:
I was looking over the list of budget cuts proposed by House Republicans to save the president's tax cuts. And the big thing that sticks out is just how much comes out of Medicare. But a bit down further into the document which they put out there's a $1.8 billion annual cut in funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That's great thinking, seeing as though we don't need to worry about Avian Flu from South Asia or other contagious diseases any more.Hmmmmm. The same logic that governed the decisions to cut funding for the NOLA levees: basically, the House GOP caucus is betting that they'll be safely out of office before there's a flu pandemic.
I'd feel better if I didn't see for myself what an unlucky gambler Bush has been. But then again, maybe they're just counting on lightning not striking twice.
Len on 09.22.05 @ 07:49 PM CST