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Old 08-26-2008, 02:08 PM   #6
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"Not a question of Democratic or Republican tho."

Really? I would say that it IS a question of Republican or Democrat (surprise, surprise!)

There is a fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats - taxes. We always hear people cry and moan about "high taxes" and "big government." It's a good way to get out the vote, but not a good way to govern a nation.

When you cut taxes, you must cut spending. As we all know, social work programs throughout the nation have been decimated by the Bush tax cuts, leaving millions of children unprotected.

But that's not the only area of inadequate funding.

By 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year…forced the New Orleans district of the Corps to impose a hiring freeze.

In fiscal year 2004, the Corps requested $11 million for the project. The President’s budget allocated $3 million, and Congress furnished $5.5 million. Similarly, in fiscal 2005 the Corps requested $22.5 million, which the President cut to $3.9 million in his budget. Congress increased that to $5.5 million. “This was insufficient to fund new construction contracts,” according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project fact sheet. The Corps reported that “seven new contracts are being delayed due to lack funds”.

The President proposed $3 million for the project in the budget for fiscal 2006, which begins Oct. 1. “This will be insufficient to fund new construction projects,” the fact sheet stated. It says the Corps “could spend $20 million if funds were provided.”

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In 1995 Bill Clinton and congress approved the adequate funding for such projects. Those projects were cut short with the Bush administration and his tax cuts.

There is a price to pay for "low taxes." In August of 2005, New Orleans paid the price in human lives.
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