House Republicans were elated this week when their leader, John Boehner, made it clear that deep, automatic spending cuts would begin as scheduled on Friday. Incredibly, some consider the decision a victory.
As the cuts take effect, they will inflict widespread hardship. How? But some Americans will be hurt more than others, and the people who will be hurt the most are those who are already struggling. In the months ahead, an estimated 3.8 million Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months face a cut in federal jobless benefits of nearly 11 percent — or about $32 a week — all from the recent average weekly benefit of $292. And won't this incentivize them to get jobs and become, better than unemployed...employed? And an estimated 600,000 low-income women and toddlers will be turned away from the federal nutrition program for women, infants and children, known as WIC.
It should not be this way. Deficit reduction should not occur on the backs of the poor and vulnerable. So is it now societies mandate to provide federal nutrition for all poor people?...sorry...but isn't it the poor peoples (gasp-he really said that!) responsibility to provide nutrition for their children? Won't this reduction incentivize them to get off the program? Does not the Federal program make them less likely to end their poverty?
What he is trying to do instead is implement the sequester as rudely as possible so that he can extract another tax increase.
Sounds like the "stimulus" argument to me.
President Obama has implemented many new social programs that have satisfied many, including gay marriage, gays in the military, environmental issues and the like....some good, some debatable...(abortion certainly has two sides...you know the Mom and the Baby).
One cannot be objective, honest and pro our country without acknowledging the profound deficit of our Presidents ignoring of our deficit.
He, unlike Clinton, Bush I and II, stood up to their party placing country before..in Obama's case...him.
We have unsustainable overspending which cannot ever, ever, ever be addressed by tax increases. We need to reform the entitlement programs. We need to mean test them. We need to raise the retirement age. We need to quit making it a moral unargument, see above, that low income women need to pay for their own children's nutrition and everyone needs to get off unemployment and get a job.
And the fact that this is a "argument" remains amazing.