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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Simply disgusting

BUSH: 'Widows Are The Problem With The Budget'

Rimjob Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 08:07:35 PM PDT

You see that lady above with her child? That's Corey Shanaberger & her daughter Grace, who's 3. They lost Corey's husband Wentz in an ambush in Iraq.

According to the Bush Administration's new budget, they're part of the problem with the deficit. You see some of those leftist socialist treehuggers out there will tell you it's the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that Bush wants to make permanent. Nonsense, the real problem is that Corey & Grace get $255 & survivor benefits from Social Security...

President Bush's budget calls for elimination of a $255 lump-sum death payment that has been part of Social Security for more than 50 years and urges Congress to cut off monthly survivor benefits to 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts.

$255 isn't a lot of money, but speaking from someone that lost his father at 10, it's "something". My father had been in the Marine Corps for 18 years when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After they had to perform surgery to remove my father's stomach, he was given 100% disability with service-connected status. When he died a year after surgery, my mother was a housewife who hadn't worked in years. That support from social security's survivor benefits wasn't a lot, but it was part of what helped us out until we got on our feet in the transition.

The idea that all of the familes of people who've died in Iraq would be affected by this, is something that makes it even more repugnant. Maybe that's why some of the Republicans on the Hill had this reaction...

Aides to Rep. Bill Thomas of California and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairmen with jurisdiction over Social Security, did not immediately return calls for comment.

The best quote about this budget I've read is from President Clinton's economic adviser Gene Sperling, who said it was like...
...a man who leases three fully loaded Hummers, finds it stretches his family's budget to the breaking point, and decides his family has to start buying cheaper peanut butter.

In some ways it's a gift to Democrats. It puts Republicans fucking with Social Security back on the table this year as a talking point, after people revolted against them fucking with it last year. However, it's scary & sad to read a budget proposal like this...

posted by Steve @ 1:26:00 AM

1:26:00 AM

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