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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Fiddling While Rome Burns

The LA Times reports today that, in order to trim the deficit, "Medicare and Medicaid are prominent on Bush's likely hit list" as we enter the federal budgeting season. Governors are not happy:

"I certainly understand the need to balance the federal budget," said Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, a Republican and the vice chairman of the governors association. "But people need to remember that to balance the federal budget off the backs of the poorest people in the country is simply unacceptable. You don't pull feeding tubes from people. You don't pull the wheelchair out from under the child with muscular dystrophy."

(Credit to Today's Papers and Pandagon)

Short version: Bush is paying for his big military budget and tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting medical care for the poor and elderly. Merry Christmas.

I have to agree with the overall message of Tom Friedman's annoyingly written Sunday op-ed, that this country has a messed up set of priorities. Tom also notes cuts in Pell grants and foreign aid announced this past week, and kudos for the dorky NPR references!

With these outrages occurring, there ought to be high-minded discussion on the Sunday morning programs, right? Nope. Meet the Press had freaking Dr. Phil as a guest this AM. Jeff Jarvis says that MTP has now officially jumped the shark.