You know what happens when you assume? You get the Bush budget plan. And the American public gets screwed (well, at least the non-country club portion of the public, anyway).
After a difficult political struggle that badly divided congressional Republicans, lawmakers muscled through savings from Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, federal child support enforcement and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Before Bush has even signed that legislation, he is coming back for more. His budget proposes to wring out $4.9 billion more in savings from Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, $17 million from child support enforcement and $16.7 billion from the federal pension insurance program through 2011.Because, you know, the new Medicare Prescription Plan is going so well already. Not. And poor children who already have trouble getting insurance and child support money from deadbeat dads? Screw them. Pensions that American workers have broken their backs for a lifetime to earn? Not important to this President.
And that's not even the half of it.
GOP Senators? Not happy with this budget. Sucks when your own side thinks your budget stinks.
And what does Bush say to seniors, the disabled, the poor, and children of families on the margins? Screw you, again.
"[T]he budget relies on cutting Medicare and Medicaid, rather than focusing on skyrocketing costs [in] the health care system." He said, "Arbitrary caps on Medicare will mean that providers or beneficiaries will have to make up the difference through lower payment rates or higher cost-sharing. Over time, this will create a crisis in quality and access to health care for older Americans."How do Republicans support the troops and veterans? Not very well -- they deliberately underfunded veterans benefits again this year. (Yep, they've done it before.) As Bob Geiger says, wonder how many of these folks have ribbon magnets on their cars -- nice of them to support the troops by cutting their benefits yet another year.
Lest you think that it's only veterans, the poor, the elderly and children -- oh, no. There's more.
Bush Administration to farmers? Screw you.
Bush Administration to working families? Screw you.
Bush Administration to first responders on the Homeland Security front lines? Screw you.
Oh, and just in case you missed this one -- the city of New Orleans has had to appeal for foreign aid because the Bush Administration has failed to live up to its promises. So much for that whole backlit speech in the Big Easy when the President's poll numbers needed a big photo-op.
Move on, folks, nothing to see here but a bunch of empty promises and false bravado. If you aren't an oil man sitting on a pile of big ole profits or a big party donor waiting in line for that next Ambassadorship to open up, well too bad for you.
Welcome to George Bush's America. Need a hand up? Look elsewhere. Compassionate conservative? Don't make me laugh.
NOTE: Just a reminder that Glenn Greenwald will be a guest on To The Point on NPR. Glenn says he'll be on as the 2:10 pm ET guest.