Thursday, September 22, 2005

Republicans Propose Dramatic Budget/Agency Cuts

A bombshell came out of the US House today as the Republican House Study Committee released a report today outlining their plans for cuts to major government efforts in the areas of health, science, manufacturing, foreign affairs and transportation to compensate for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts (or tax cuts, really).

Here's the report. It's a must read. (link)

essentially, Hurricane Katrina given Republicans the excuse they need to cut programs they hate. They seem to place no blame for a budget shortage on tax cuts for the rich but place the blame on programs for the poor and middle class.

If passed, this will devastate many programs in New Mexico and possibly stop funding for major transportation projects like Paseo/I-25, Tramway/I-25, etc. . . .

On the chopping block are the prescription drug program, Medicare, Medicaid, Peace Corps, energy conservation programs, transportation infrastructure, National Parks, Manufacturing Extension partnerships, school lunches, eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, Reduce environmental management, Agricultural research . . . . the list goes on and
It will be interesting to see if the State's Congressional delegation will support this.

8 Comments:

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Blogger Political Guru said...

Make sure you are honest about who this is. This is not the Republican party or even rank and file Republicans, this is the conservative side of the Republican party. They do not represent all Republicans and there isn't a bill in front of Congress to do most of this stuff.

Some of their ideas are actually pretty good and there should be some restraint on government spending, but some of the other options they mention are severe and go way to far. For example, I don't think a bill to repeal TEA-LU would get much support.

None of the members of the New Mexico delegation are a member of the Republican Study Committee but the group does have a big roster. They really aren't my kind of Republicans.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey's New Mexico Politics said...

That's a good point. But certainly the sheer number of republicans in this group make this a perspective that is shared by a substantial, influential part of the party. I don't see this many republicans coming out against extending the Bush tax cuts. This is a marker set out by conservative republicans that says that anyone wishing to plan for the aftermath of Katrina has to negotiate budget cuts.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Colfax Observer said...

This was predictable. Cutting social services is "W's" way of doing business, as is giving money to the monied and the churches.

6:08 AM  
Blogger CharlieABQ said...

On Page 22 under the comments about "Eliminate Hydrogen Fuel Initiative," we read this:

"Private industry is better equipped to develop future fuel technologies within the free market."

Yeah, that's working well for us, isn't it?

Replace "fuel" with other words, and you have the basis for our current philosophy. "Private industry is better equipped to develop (insert any word) technologies within the free market."

Gee, why have a government at all? Private industry can handle defense and everything else. In General Motors we trust.

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