Friday, February 6, 2009

The Republicans Are Just Mean Spirited

I am remembering my dad telling me in the Reagan years how mean spirited the Republicans were. It went in one ear and kinda out the other, after all, I was a young teen when he was first elected.

All these years later, I understand what he meant. You mean to tell me, they want to derail this economy, middle class people, and add to the every-growing unemployment rate over a few dollars, a very small percentage of an overall stimulus bill because they want more money for the top cats that put us in this trouble in the first place?

To quote the gentle lady senator from my state, Senator Claire McCaskill, "I'm mad!" This is just craziness and partisanship, like the kids on the playground who want to take their ball and go home but want to tear down the basketball hoop so the rest of the kids can't play either.

I am taking names and will definitely vote them out, look out Senator Kit Bond in 2010, even if you were once an ok-governor back-in-the-day. Not supporting this stimulus tells me, a constituent of the Showme State, that you don't give a rip about the everyday people who live in St. Louis. Perhaps because you are cloistured up in your office in upscale Clayton that you and others that have millions to spare think it is ok to cut the things your party listed as irresponsible to the bill. So, tell me how eliminating or cutting food stamps is helpful? Because you can't get more tax cuts for the mansion-dwellers on Lindell or along Argonne Avenue? What about the people in the bungalows?

The following is the article from Huffington Post and note the highlighted portion at the bottom. This on the day that it was announced this morning that the January unemployment rate jumped to 7.6% or about 598,000 jobs cut, this brings the growing total to over 2.4 million people out-of-work. And for what, so the Republicans can have some more champagne aboard their private jet munching on cavier on their way to the South of France? Give me a break!

Total Reductions: $80 billion

Eliminations:

Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, Western Area Power Administration, CDC, Food Stamps

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Reductions:

Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion

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Increases:

Defense operations and procurement, STAG Grants, Brownfields, Additional transportation funding

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Nelson spokesperson Clay Westrope confirms the authenticity of the memo, adding that the figures obviously could change. But this is currently the general direction.

As you can see the amount being cut appears to have fallen, to a total of $80 billion, though Westrope says the actual number is closer to $100 billion. Also, it appears some of those cuts are being maintained even as defense funds appear to be getting added.

Head Start? Food Stamps? School Nutrition? Violence Against Women? This just proves the GOP are some heartless, soulless sacks of skin. I’m calling and faxing as much as possible.

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