Thursday, April 7, 2011

What to Cut

Caelum Et Terra's Daniel Nichols reminds us that "the poor will get their Medicaid benefits cut, the elderly will get Medicare cuts, and the wealthy will get… their taxes cut" — Cuts For Everyone. "Not everyone," I remind him — Rep. Ryan’s Budget Doesn’t Touch Military Spending‎.

Congressman Ron Paul, in contrast, has maintained that war and empire should be the first areas to be cut, as any decent person should agree, and then the domestic odds and ends can be sorted out in a gentlemanly manner.

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Blogger love the girls said...

But not the mail carriers. The federal government workers all got their pay raises while those in the private sector who buy the stamps took another whack out of their meager declining pay checks to pay for those stamps.

10:52 AM  
Blogger island breezes said...

I read an interesting perspective on the morality of medicaid at The Corner . Better to lie and pretend?

11:09 AM  
OpenID caelumetterra said...

I am a letter carrier and I seem to have missed the big pay hike you refer to...

11:28 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

The USPS in its latest negotiations with postal employees agreed to guaranteed pay increases. Which I could have said of any federal government worker with rare exception, but knowing you are a mailman singled them out for the amusement of it.

But what is not amusing is the federal government increasing wages while private sector wages are declining.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

My father, who worked all his life as a portal inspector (and to his credit quit in disgust before retirement), used to like to point out that the USPS was the only government agency to turn a profit. So, if any government employees deserve a raise, it's postal workers.

Anyway, I'd rather not pick on low-level government workers (or welfare recipients for that matter) until corporate welfare and the military-industrial complex are abolished.

7:42 PM  
Blogger pandora said...

The is a terrific article, if the politics are not to your taste, ignore that, but the rest is spot on.
and a little about Mr Hedges:

2:29 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks, Mr. Hedges is one of my favorite liberals.

6:40 PM  

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