Reject Bush's Indecent Proposal

Beneath the incomprehensive federal budget numbers - a $2.57 trillion budget, a $427 billion deficit, $419 billion in military spending - the federal budget is a moment of truth. It reveals what we value, what kind of nation we are and what we seek to build. In this regard, the Bush budget is a stunning disservice to the nation, and it must be rejected.

To bank roll more tax cuts for millionaires and a sell-out of Social Security to Wall Street, President Bush has gone to new lengths to cut essential services from most American people. The President defies common decency and common sense in what he proposes to leave out of his budget and who, in turn, he would leave on their own.

The silver lining is that what the president proposes, Congress disposes. None of Bush's cuts will happen if Congress rejects his budget. This is where we come in. Congress needs to hear loud and clear from the American people: the Bush budget should be dead on arrival.


Below are ten misguided Bush budget decisions that particularly offend American values and squander our country's future. Please help to get 100,000 signatures to Congress demanding that they reject spending like this -- spending that is fundamentally out of step with the needs of the American people.


Tell Congress to reject Bush's indecent budget proposal! Tell them that you don't want your government to...

1) Undercut schools in need by reneging on $12 billion in funding promised to schools by President Bush himself. [1]

2) Eliminate childcare assistance for 300,000 children by 2009. [2]

3) Keep college out of reach for qualified students by failing to raise the maximum Pell Grant as promised [3] -- and by freezing work-study funding. [4]

4) More than double the co-pay charged to many veterans for prescription drugs, in addition to requiring some vets to pay a new $250 yearly "user fee" for promised healthcare services. [5]

5) Eliminate Community Development Block Grants - a lifeline for cities around the country to build and maintain clinics, day-care facilities and housing developments. [6]

6) Eliminate the Even Start literacy program that helps impoverished children and their illiterate or semi-literate parents learn to read. [7]

7) Cut funds from Medicaid that would pay health care for 1.8 million low-income children. [8]

8) Cut food stamps benefits for up to 300,000 of the working poor, largely parents and children. [9]

9) Force deeper cuts in basic domestic programs by adding new tax cuts that will cost $1.6 trillion over ten years. More than half of these cuts would go to households that earn more than a $1 million yearly, while virtually none target households earning less than $100,000 per year. [10]

10) Balloon the federal deficit to $1.4 trillion by 2010 due to war spending and new tax cuts. [11]

Congress has the power to overrule Bush's grossly misguided spending priorities. Please contact your representatives today and demand that they reject the Bush budget and realign America's spending priorities to serve us all not just a privileged few.


Thank you so much.


Robert L. Borosage Co-Director
Campaign for America's Future


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