Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The 2013 US Budget: “Difficult Cuts” For Americans, Gravy For Israel

I'm sick to death of reading shit like this.

"Josh Ruebner argues that while the Obama administration is making budget cuts that are impoverishing and threatening the health and wellbeing of Americans, it is simultaneously increasing the US taxpayers’ subsidy to the Israeli war machine, helping it retain and colonize illegally-occupied Palestinian territories and commit grievous violations of Palestinian human rights – all contrary to US foreign policy objectives.

Speaking before students at Northern Virginia Community College on 13 February, President Obama unveiled his 2013 budget request, in which he proposed “some difficult cuts that, frankly, I wouldn’t normally make if they weren’t absolutely necessary. But they are.” These budget cuts are unavoidable, the president argued, because “the truth is we’re going to have to make some tough choices in order to put this country back on a more sustainable fiscal path”. In a sad commentary on the misplaced priorities of the Obama administration, however, these “tough choices” will affect the delivery of basic services to US citizens while the Israeli military hits the jackpot at taxpayer expense.

As part of its budget request, the White House released a 205-page document detailing the cuts, consolidations and savings the Obama administration is proposing. These proposed cuts include 5 million dollars to the US Department of Agriculture to analyse food-borne pathogens, potentially making the US food supply even less safe than it already is after 30 people died last year as a result of eating listeria-infected cantaloupe; a 359-million-dollar cut to the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grants to states for water infrastructure projects when an estimated 1.7 million Americans shockingly lack access to basic water and sanitation services, according to the Water Infrastructure Network; and a whopping 360-billion-dollar cut over 10 years in Medicare, Medicaid and other health programmes, even though the World Health Organization rates the US health system as only 37th globally in health care performance."


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