Baron's Brain: The New "Mark Of The Beast"
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The AP has just announced that Bush's budget, which will be submitted on Monday, will increase spending on domestic programs BELOW the expected increase caused by inflation. Many of the cuts needed to maintain such a level of miserly governance will fall upon children's education programs. According to one Senator, such a budget will put large numbers of popular programs for schools and families "in the danger zone." Meanwhile, the increase in defense and security spending will exceed the rate of inflation, once again widening the gap in discretionary spending between domestic and defense. The costs for defense and security will once again account for more than half of the spending by this government.
On the same day that Bush will again spew forth his wretched, bilious agenda in his State of the Union address, this interesting study has come out of the journal Health Affairs. It seems that while Bush has been parading around doctors who have lost their practices because of what he claims to be "frivilous lawsuits," it is discovered that half (that's right half) of all U.S. bankruptcies are claimed by middle-class workers who, because of injuries, have incurred insurmountable medical debts. These are workers with and without some form of health insurance. The number also includes about 700,000 children.