Monday, September 19, 2005

Poor Schmoor

I've already discussed Bush's speech on Katrina recovery, but wanted to highlight a comment he makes on poverty. In his speech he says:
“That poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America,” Bush said. “We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action.”
I agree on both accounts. Poverty does have historical roots and we do have a duty to confront it. Never mind the fact that more people are under poverty during Bush's tenure.

Of course we know the best way to pay for the recovery is not to raise taxes, but to cut current spending. Of course cutting spending does not meaning shelving the "bridge to nowhere" or other such nonsense, but programs that the poor rely on: medicaid, TANF, etc. We're going to have to make tough choices deciding which programs for the vulnerable we have to cut.

What's worse, is that some politicians (Jeff Sessions) are trying desparately (though with little success) to find people who will be hit hard by the estate tax due to Katrina. So we'll probably have to cut even more programs to pay for this tax cut. There's compassionate conservativism for you.

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