Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cuts

Take a look at this pie chart. The biggest pieces are social security and defense. We can't really cut social security because the amount indicated is money that has been promised to retirees. The most logical place to cut money from the budget, then, would be defense. Most of the other large chunks are also required spending, such as benefits and interest, so those can't be cut easily either unless you renovate the system. All those little pieces on the side there probably couldn't be cut too much more.

But all those little slices are where the GOP wants to cut. They want to cut funding for education, heating oil subsidies for the poor, job training, and NPR. If you'll notice, those are all found in the very smallest pieces of the pie. You'll remember, also, that the GOP wanted to cut energy funding to offset the FEMA money recently. If you look at energy, it makes up 1% of the total budget. Other pieces that make up just 1% of the budget include international affairs, general science, space, technology, natural resources, environment, agriculture, general government, administration of justice, and community/regional development. Furthermore, allowances and financing/housing credit add up to 0% of the total budget.

So let's review. The smallest, most insignificant parts of our budget, are places that are targeted by the GOP to defund even further. They say they're being fiscally responsible, but what they're doing appears to be trying to phase out certain parts of our government. They're targeting the poor, they're targeting children, and their targeting those who don't generally vote for them.

The GOP may call this fiscally responsible, but it's discriminatory cutting of the budget. If they want to cut spending, do it in a way that does not jeopardize the welfare of our citizens. If you want to save money on social programs, renovate the program, don't just defund it. We can't keep cutting without increasing revenue and streamlining the system. The GOP has it completely backwards, and many of our most vulnerable citizens are going to pay the price.

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