A tale of two federal budgets
Now that we have two federal budgets before Congress, a comparison is now in order.
The Democratic budget seeks to end tax cuts and close loopholes for corporations and the rich, thereby reducing deficit spending by $975 billion.
It seeks to improve health care for everyone and improve Social Security.
The Democrtic budget cuts $240 billion in Pentagon and $142 billion in domestic program wastes.
The GOP budget closes a few loopholes and deductions in taxes, transforms Medicare into a voucher system and turns over to the states programs that help the poor, disabled and seniors in nursing homes.
The Republican budget also repeals the Affordable Health Care Act and seeks to reduce Social Security, with no reductions to Pentagon spending.
The Democratic budget addresses both the rich and the poor, also the need to stop being the policemen of the world.
Much of our debt is due to these wars that were unnecessary. It looks to our need for sustainable energy and improved education.
The GOP wants to give more to the rich, while eliminating needed support for the poor and elderly.
They plan to give unlimited money to the military, turning a blind eye to sustainable energy and huge training and educational needs.
They ignore the fact that we can no longer afford to have over 700 military bases all over the world.
Also ignored, is the obvious problem of global warming, along with air, water, sea and land pollution, the collapse of our infrastructure, schools and the need to train people for a new and changing job market.
Coddling the rich and bashing the poor, ignoring military and other waste and putting your head in the sand concerning our environmental and educational situation is hardly the way to write a budget.
Although the Democratic budget is not perfect either, it is head and shoulders above what the GOP budget would inflict on most Americans.