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U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Florida, a 2004 White House hopeful who… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Florida, a 2004 White House hopeful who opposed the war, said the $87 billion is "more than the federal government will spend on education this year ... twice as much as the federal government will spend on our roads, bridges, highways and public transit systems."

"The president is clearly making a judgment that it is more important for us to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan than it is to deal with the very serious problems that we have in the United States."

--- That's pretty crappy.

And it's weird how our Senators are Democratic, but our Representatives and state senators are wildly republican.
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rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: September 8th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was reading that in the newspaper at work today. I decided that the newspaper was more useful being torn into little pieces.


cnjosephyne From: cnjosephyne Date: September 9th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Add the following three lines from three separate articles on Bush's proposed 2004 Budget:

---> "This year he's (Bush) requested $41.3 billion, the highest total ever proposed by any administration for homeland security,"

---> "The Bush administration is proposing a funding freeze for many student aid programs next year while cutting a variety of K-12 initiatives, including several projects to promote school reform."

---> "Whew, four trillion gone," muttered Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland) upon receiving the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) January 2002 report. The "bipartisan" CBO found that, of the $5.6 trillion in federal budget surpluses that it had projected for the next decade (fiscal years 2002 to 2011) the previous January, just $1.6 trillion remained. Worse yet, the remaining surplus was not on-budget--that is, available for new program initiatives or tax cuts--but rather in the Social Security trust fund, which presidential candidates Bush and Gore had promised to leave untouched. So much for a decade of unlimited surpluses.
What did the damage? The CBO report is crystal clear. The number-one culprit was Bush's $1.3 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthy, which accounted for over two-fifths of the lost surplus. The recession shaved another $929 billion from the surplus projection, or about one-quarter of the loss. Increased expenditures (both domestic and military) and technical adjustments (principally increased health care costs) accounted for the rest of the shrinkage, in nearly equal amounts."

Amazing isnt it....
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