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Screw the Poor and the Environment

Once again the Republican party sends the clear message that unless you are wealthy, you’re not that important to them.

The Senate approved sweeping deficit-reduction legislation last night that would save about $35 billion over the next five years by cutting federal spending on prescription drugs, agriculture supports and student loans, while clamping down on fraud in the Medicaid program.

The measure would also open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, a long-sought goal of the oil industry that took a major step forward after years of political struggle. A bipartisan effort to strip the drilling provision narrowly failed.
" It would raise $2.5 billion through leasing parts of the Alaskan refuge to oil and gas interests."

I can't believe people think the Bush administration is controled by "Big Oil".

"It would shave payments to some farmers by 2.5 percent, while eliminating a major cotton support program and trimming agriculture conservation spending. A proposal to limit payments to rich farmers failed yesterday."

Hey, rich farmers need some of that Republican love too.

"Yesterday's action is part of an effort by congressional Republicans to demonstrate fiscal discipline after widespread complaints of profligate spending on Capitol Hill."

Maybe their wealthy friends could chip in some of the corporate welfare the Republicans have doled out over the past 5 years?

"Republicans in the Senate and House said the cuts were necessary to slow the rate of spending and control a deficit projected to total $314 billion by the end of the fiscal year."

I thought those spend crazy Democrats had a surplus of approximately this amount 5 years ago?

"During a speech yesterday to a Heritage Foundation group, former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) repeatedly apologized for excessive spending by Congress, including recent highway legislation that was loaded with lawmakers' pet projects."

Democrats don't see Delay as a "Stand-up" guy? He is so misunderstood.

"The focus now shifts to the House, where the Budget Committee voted 21 to 16 yesterday to approve a more extensive bill saving nearly $54 billion through 2010 with cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, agriculture subsidies and child support enforcement. The House measure would allow states to impose premiums and co-payments on poor Medicaid recipients for the first time."

Now that's what I call compassionate conservatism.

"Among the deepest cuts are those hitting Medicare and Medicaid. "

It's about time someone just came out and said it, the Republicans finally have.... The elderly suck!

The Senate has made changes to the Medicaid/ Medicare bill that would put the burden on the pharmacuetical companies but bush don't like when the wealthy have to tighten their belts.

"Even liberal advocacy groups say the Senate measure largely shields Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, imposing the burden instead on pharmaceutical companies, private insurers and more-affluent Americans."
"Those changes and provisions have prompted a veto threat from the White House, which has strongly objected to the bill's tampering with President Bush's Medicare prescription drug benefit."

"Under the House plan, states could raise co-payments for Medicaid recipients below the poverty line from $3 to $5 per doctor's visit or prescription, then keep raising them with the medical inflation rate. For the working poor just above the poverty line, there would be no limit to higher co-payments, although out-of-pocket health costs are not supposed to exceed 5 percent of a family's income. Health policy analysts say that protection may not amount to much as poor families will have difficulty tracking health care expenses that closely."

The pharmacuetical companies don't have to suffer anymore. Thank You Republicans for pulling those poor wretch's from the brink.

"For the first time, poor children and pregnant women -- currently shielded from any out-of-pocket payments -- could be billed for some medications or hospital visits for non-emergency care."

Too damn bad. That's what you get for being poor......Am I right?........Are you with me?


By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 4, 2005; Page A01

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at November 4, 2005 11:02 AM