Repubicans see people in trouble at home, wave white flag, run away.
"Operation Offset" is what the Republicans are calling their budget cut plan to pay for Hurricane Katrina. Will there be tax cuts for the rich? Nope. The great majority of the proposed cuts target the elderly and the poor, heavily targeting Medicare. They eliminate all federal funding for energy conservation, the "Energy Star" program, energy efficient vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, high-speed rail, light rail, PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, AmeriCorps, the "Even Start" program, the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, security/anti-drug funding for innercity schools, and all federal loans to grad students. Also facing cuts are the Global AIDS Initiative, the EPA, the Center for Disease Control, pensions and healthcare plans for retired federal workers, job programs and revitalization funds for poor neighborhoods, the school lunch program, community health centers, and health care for soldiers.
Once more, the Republicans are brazenly using a national disaster as justification for imposing their unamerican ideology on all the rest of us. They've even admitted as much in public. Is there anything they won't do (or anyone they won't screw) to promote ideas that bring about misery, pain, suffering, death... and higher corporate profits?
Why is it that when it comes to addressing domestic and social issues, today's Republicans are a bunch of surrender monkeys? Why are we supposed to "stay the course" in Iraq, but give up on America?