The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January.So in order to get rid of the Defense cuts THAT THEY AGREED TO as part of their contrived debt ceiling crisis, they want to cut food stamps, health care and things like Meals on Wheels.
The reductions, while controversial, are but a fraction of what Republicans called for in the broader, nonbinding budget plan they passed in March. Totaling a little more than $300 billion over a decade, the new cuts are aimed less at tackling $1 trillion-plus government deficits and more at preventing cuts to troop levels and military modernization.
You will find no clearer contrast that identifies what this election is all about. Luckily we currently have a Democrat majority in the Senate and a Democratic President who will stop this kind of nonsense.
But they're likely just a sample of what's in store next year from Republicans if Mitt Romney wins the White House and the GOP takes back the Senate. Romney promises much tougher cuts to domestic programs and an even bigger boost in the Pentagon's budget, while the House GOP budget promises sharp cuts to Medicaid and a dramatic overhaul of Medicare for future beneficiaries.Remember what Grover Norquist said about what electing Romney would be all about?
All we have to do is replace Obama. ...We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.This is the kind of leadership he was talking about. What they want out of this election is a Senate that will go along with this nonsense and a president who will sign it.
Right now Romney is trying to convince us that President Obama's policies on the economy have failed (even though we have now recovered all the private sector jobs that had been lost since Obama took office). But as is typical of Republicans these days, that's simply an attempt to destroy. We need to take the question one step further..."what would Romney do to create jobs?"
This is his answer - and that of other Republicans who are running - more tax cuts for the wealthy, increased defense spending, and cut/eliminate everything else that the government does. That's their plan. Its always been their plan. And that's why we're still trying to get out of the mess they created with it last time.
UPDATE: In contrast, here's President Obama's message.