Monday, October 17, 2005

Republicans Lash Out - At the Poor

With the chickenhawk leadership of the GOP in trouble, the fiscal conservatives in Congress are making themselves heard. And as we've come to expect from the so-called "compassionate conservatives," their first target is that group that in this time of rising energy prices and a stagnant wage and job market can least afford it.

Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and other GOP leaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts to pay for the soaring cost of hurricane relief.
You can bet that those "other programs" will include proven programs like Head Start and other welfare programs.

As the Rethugs look more and more likely to implode, watch for them to lash out like the dying leviathan that it has become. There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded and cornered animal.

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