Budget News – Good, Bad, and Ugly

Scott Lilly at The Center for American Progress reports on the progress being made by the House of Representatives to reduce spending sensibly in order to gain control of our budget crisis.

The bad news first:

The bill would shred, among other things, the social safety net in hard-pressed localities across America with reductions in nutrition programs for infants and pregnant mothers. And it would cut federal support to keep destitute families from having their heat and electricity cut off during one of the coldest winters in recent memory. Preliminary analysis also indicates that Head Start programs may be forced to shut down a month early in many communities across the country. Finally, the bill would deliver a particularly hard blow to struggling local governments, canceling out billions of dollars in assistance to law enforcement, sewer construction, support of local schools, and so forth. [emphasis added]

And now the good news – well good news for Ohio, not so much the rest of us:

The legislation added an estimated $450 million for a particular bit of defense spending that the Department of Defense did not ask for and does not want.

And the ugly:

The item is a down payment that would obligate the federal government to future payments that could well be three or four times the increased spending added to this particular piece of legislation, with a big portion of the funds flowing to two cities in Ohio—Cincinnati, where Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) grew up, and Dayton, the largest city in his congressional district.

What’s that?  Is that Speaker of the House and anti-earmark warrior John Boehner walking very much and talking very much like…

No, not that!

Yes – THAT!

1 Comment

  1. April 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    […] Spending billions of dollars on silly, useless, things that no one wants. […]

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