The Federal Budget is not just an Accounting Tool.
It is a statement about our priorities as a nation.
On February 7th, President Bush released his budget proposal for 2006. The budget proves, once again, that this administration's words of "compassionate conservatism" do not match their actions. The President's plan slices billions of dollars from programs that serve children, working adults, veterans, and the elderly.
In spite of the President's best efforts to cover up the irresponsible budget cuts with spin, analysis has already brought to light some of the worst real-world impacts of the budget proposal:
230,000 children will lose Medicaid coverage;
300,000 children will lose child care assistance; and
200,000-300,000 people will lose their food stamp benefits.
But while Bush slashes the funding that supports families in need under the guise of reducing federal spending, he still manages to find enough money to provide $1.6 TRILLION in tax cuts for the wealthy.
Act now! Tell your Representatives in Congress to reject the President's budget proposal. We need a budget that supports real American values - a budget that supports the programs American families rely on.
The President has submitted his budget for the next fiscal year to you and your colleagues in Congress. This irresponsible budget proposal would eliminate or significantly reduce funding for critical domestic programs such as food stamps, child care, and Medicaid; eliminate funding for many educational programs that help prepare low-income students for college, promote drug free schools, and target low-income children at risk of illiteracy; and reduce the nation's overall investment in the health and wellness of its people.
Today, 36 million Americans are officially poor, and millions more struggle under the burden of low wages, job insecurity, credit card debt, and mounting health care costs. Do not attempt to reduce the deficit on the backs of struggling families, the very people who received no benefit from the tax cuts that created the deficit in the first place.
The federal budget is not just an accounting tool -- it is a statement about our priorities and our values as a nation. And with this budget, the President is clearly setting his priorities, which are completely out of step with the priorities of hard-working Americans struggling to make ends meet.
I urge you to reject the President's budget recommendations and restore caring and compassion to the federal budget.