Saturday, September 17, 2005

“Cut unnecessary spending?”

Katrina tax boost rejected

Web Posted: 09/17/2005 12:00 AM CDT

Terence Hunt
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Friday ruled out raising taxes to pay for Gulf Coast reconstruction, saying "unnecessary" government spending must be cut instead.

When and how was Congress allowed to get to the point of unnecessary spending? If the funds to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf coast are to come from cutting unnecessary spending, then we should consider going over all federal spending in an effort to determine what is unnecessary and perhaps with a thorough audit the truth may be discovered? Reports from February of this year indicated that "severe cuts" had already been made to the budget. . .

Bush Budget Cuts Target Environment, Social Programs
Wed., Feb. 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2005 (ENS) – The federal budget plan proposed Monday by President George W. Bush calls for reduced spending on the environment, agriculture, education, low-income housing aid, and health care.

The $2.58 trillion spending plan cuts funding for 12 of 23 government agencies, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) facing some of the larger cuts.

Bush told reporters Monday the budget is "lean" and follows the priorities of "winning the war on terror, protecting our homeland, growing our economy."

So where does this man imagine he will find "unnecessary spending" if he's already put together a lean budget?

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