News Flash: Budget cuts will hurtFebruary 10th, 2011 by Steven Gardner
A New York Times story from today about Republicans disagreeing with each other (something they didn’t do until they were the majority in the House) also includes tidbits that point out that budget cuts will be painful for someone. Surprised? I didn’t think so. At least we all know that in our heads. See if any of these proposals touch you anywhere else.
One Republican idea is for a program that helps local cities hire more cops. Bremerton has used that program and in doing so committed to fund the positions past the three-year grant period. We’re trying to figure out if this would mean the federal government would be making that commitment moot by taking back the commitment to the second and third years.
Republicans would also make cuts to the EPA, legal aid, energy efficiency programs and would kill AmeriCorps and any federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Obama’s proposal would cut in half money spent to help low-income Americans pay energy costs.
Do any of these ideas hurt you personally? Had the tax increases Democrats wanted (restoration of all the previous tax rates just for the top 2 percent wage earners in the country.) made it through in December, would that have hurt you? What would hurt you and America more?