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Bennet Kelley Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 09:23 PM
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The GOP's Borat Budget

The GOP's Borat Budget

by Bennet Kelley



Republican budget guru Paul Ryan boasts that the budget passed by House Republicans is this generation's "defining moment" and "keeps America exceptional". Ryan is 100 percent right because the GOP plan makes the United States exceptional . . . . as the only developed nation in the world that aspires to be Kazakhstan.

A half-century ago, when the nation faced a similar debt burden, a Republican president told that nation that it was in the "vital interest of every citizen in a safe and adequate highway system" and launched the Interstate Highway System which significantly reduced costs and increased productivity of American industry. Today, with our highways crumbling and over one in ten bridges structurally impaired, the Republican's Borat budget cuts transportation infrastructure spending by 37 percent when even deficit hawks recognize the need for increased investment.

The debt burden did not prevent the past generation from investing in its greatest resource - its people - with programs such as the G.I. Bill which yielded a return to the government of nearly $7 for every dollar spent. The Borat budget, however, cuts education and training investment per capita by 53 percent.

In addition, at a time when the United States is ranked with China, Iran and Turkey for having one of the five worst food safety records, when nearly half of all beef sold in the United States is contaminated and 76 million Americans are sickened due to food borne illness each year (more than the population of California, Texas and New York combined), the Borat budget will result in the loss of approximately 600 food inspectors.

The same is true for water, workplace and product safety; coupled with the many cuts in social services the Republican's Borat budget creates a poorer, more dangerous nation. In fact, economists predict that the Republican budget will cause an economic contraction that will kill nearly two million private sector jobs. But if you are a titan of industry you will benefit handsomely, as you will be lavished with more tax cuts and be able to conduct your business with less oversight.

Although our per capita income has nearly doubled in real terms since the Eisenhower years and we pay less in taxes, we appear to be afflicted with a deep poverty of vision and spirit. While past generations sacrificed to fight world wars and reach the moon, the Republican plan reflects a Katrina-esque vision of America that can watch indifferently as the nation decays and its citizens suffer.

The Republican's Borat plan will create an America with a patchwork of gated emerald cities that are surrounded by vast areas that more closely resemble the decrepit remnants of the Soviet empire than the America of our parents. It may not be Kazakhstan, but I do not think our parents ever envisioned that this generation's "defining moment" would be giving the next generation a deed to Americastan instead of the prosperous superpower we inherited.



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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 09:26 PM
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1. K&R
Excellent piece :patriot:
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 09:56 PM
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2. Kick for Benefit to Make Beautiful Country that once was America
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 11:21 PM
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3. Greatest country in the world.
Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.
All other countries are run by little girls.
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium.
Other countries have inferior potassium.
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 02:45 AM
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4. Very well said.
I can just imagine the conversation if the Tea Party was around when Ike proposed the Interstate Highway bill.

They'd first point out that superhighways aren't in the constitution, then go on about how these roads would kill small business by routing traffic around small towns without an exit at 70mph. Then they'd complain that they aren't planning any cross country travel and people will never use these socialist white elephant trails.

Actually, as I understand it these complaints really were made back in the day, but the crackpot voice wasn't amplified as it is now and the government began mixing the concrete that fueled American paychecks for decades.

You have to spend money to make money, as they say.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 07:14 PM
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7. +1
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 08:49 AM
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5. K&R.
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texshelters Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 12:18 PM
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6. Bad Budget for the corporations and against the people, again
http://texshelters.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/the-four-horsemen-of-the-budgetopolypse-if-republicans-were-planning-your-household-budget/

Ryan did make a budget and he stuck to his principles, so I give him that. Too bad his principles hurt most Americans.

Peace,
Tex Shelters
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Bennet Kelley Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 08:56 PM
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8. OECD Report Adds More Weight to Claim
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 11:04 PM
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9. thanks Bennet K & R
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 01:01 AM
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10. Kick! (Too late to Rec) n/t
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