America: The Great Society...not!

Here from Democracy Now! is a great example of news writing which is brilliantly juxtaposed.

  1. Bush Proposes Big Increase in Defense Spending, Cuts in Social Programs
  2. Wide Range of Social Programs To Face Cuts Under New Budget
  3. Bush Proposes $27M To Jumpstart New Nuclear Weapons Program
  4. New Orleans Mayor to Seek Int’l Aid to Help Katrina Reconstruction
Now, if you were in any way ambivalent about the barbarous priorities of capitalism... maybe these news grabs will help you to decide.

These figures are IN-CRED-IBLE.

AND then, we learn that New Orleans is wseeking overseas aid to rebuild after Katrina.

Bush proposes Big Increase in Defense Spending, Cuts in Social Programs
In his proposed nearly $2.8 trillion budget President Bush is calling for major increases in defense spending but deep cuts in Medicare and other domestic social programs. Under the proposed budget, defense spending will increase nearly 7 percent to $440 billion. If approved the Pentagon’s budget will become 45 percent larger than when Bush took office five years ago. The military spending is actually far higher because the proposed budget does not include the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One recent estimate put the cost of the Iraq war at $100,000 every minute. At the same time, the president is proposing to make his tax cuts permanent. This would cost about $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discussed the budget on Monday: "The President's budget request for the Department of Defense represents an increase over last year. It reflects what we believe should be the country's national security priorities. Namely to help defend the United States of America and the American people and their interests, to give flexibility to commanders, to prepare for both conventional and unconventional or irregular warfare, and, importantly, to work closely with partner nations to help them develop the capabilities needed to defeat terrorists within their borders and to co-operate with us and other countries with respect to this global threat."
Wide Range of Social Programs To Face Cuts Under New Budget
While the Pentagon budget is soaring, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, warns that President Bush is proposing to make cuts in hundreds of domestic programs. This includes education programs, environmental protection programs, numerous programs to assist low- income families, children, and elderly and disabled people, and research related to cancer, heart disease, and other medical conditions. In one case, the Center estimates 420,000 low-income seniors will lose food assistance from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Democratic and even some Republican lawmakers have criticized Bush for proposing to slash spending on social programs. Republican Sen. Arlen Specter called Bush's proposed cuts in education and health "scandalous" while Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe said she was "disappointed and even surprised" at the extent of the administration's proposed cuts in Medicaid and Medicare.
Bush Proposes $27M To Jumpstart New Nuclear Weapons Program
On the military front, the budget also calls for $27 million to help jumpstart the country’s first new nuclear weapons program in 20 years. The money will be used to fund a competition between the Los Alamos and the Lawrence Livermore laboratories to find and design a new generation of nuclear bombs to replace the country’s entire nuclear arsenal. Last week the nation's top nuclear weapons executive, Linton Brooks, said "We are on the verge of an exciting time.”
New Orleans Mayor to Seek Int’l Aid to Help Katrina Reconstruction
Parts of the budget have not been well received in the Gulf Coast region affected by Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson criticized President Bush for proposing to make cuts to a grant program that helps state and local authorities deal with evacuations, mass casualties, and managing catastrophes. Meanwhile in New Orleans, the city’s mayor, Ray Nagin, has publicly admitted he may begin seeking international aid to help rebuild the city because the federal government has been so slow in funding the reconstruction. On Friday, Nagin met with a French delegation and said, "I know we had a little disappointment earlier with some signals we're getting from Washington but the international community may be able to fill the gap.” King Abdullah of Jordan also visited New Orleans on Friday.
and still there's more...
Sale of Westinghouse Signals New Growth of Nuclear Plants ....

Not bad for one day's worth of news, eh?

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