Monday, February 07, 2005

I Didn't Wanna Do It...

....write a political post. But the President's budget was released today and I'm reeling. Cuts in education, in Medicaid, community block grants, public housing, student loans, veterans benefits - almost all the domestic programs but homeland security are going to the guillotine. Yet, he's handed the Pentagon a 4.8% increase, in addition to setting aside an additional $81 Billion dollars toward the war in Iraq, and that's in addition to the $25 Billion that's already been allocated.

So, it looks like we'll have plenty of guns for our future soldiers. Never mind that they won't be able read the manual, are underweight due to inadequate prenatal care and wont' be able to attend college nor pay counseling when they are deployed home.

I teach so the education cuts really hit home. Teachers do so much with less, yet they are asked to cut back and make do till there isn't enough fabric to sew the button onto Joseph's Little Overcoat.
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Take a look at some of the teacher blogs out there - Snazzycat & A Series of Inconsequential Events are two I've come across recently. These folks are the ones who are making the world a better place for all of us. The Shrub should hang his head in shame.

5 comments:

Charone said...

I'm reeling too! Cutting student loans again? Arrgh!!!

windspike said...

Yup, the supposed Ed Prez is pasting us together with brick and mortar from the pentagon. I posted on the results of a table from the Chronicle of Higher Education today. One increase and a hundred eliminations of high quality programs does not an education president make. They Shrub is killing us.

Ferdinand T Cat said...

Take heart! The fact that students can produce art like this is proof you're still effective even at the reduced funding level.

Saint Nate said...

I'm left wondering why Laura, a former teacher, never says anything about this. Guess she's been out of the classroom for too long.

Library Lady said...

"Shrub" can't read and the only stuff he knows is what his advisers tell him, so he doesn't get that he should be ashamed.
As for Laura, any librarian who'd marry such an illiterate ass couldn't have had much dedication to her job. The twinnies don't exactly seem like bookworms either!