As Budget Battle Climaxes, Civil Rights Groups Tally Potential Damage
The GOP/Republicans at their best… As usual, minorities, the middle-class and the poor bare the brunt of their budget cuts…while fighting hard for tax cuts for the wealthy and their corporate donors. Gotta love the GOTea!!!
“This is the most dangerous time for black children since slavery,” said Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund. “At a time when the needs of the black community, poor people, and our nation’s children should be held in the highest regard, Congress insists on cutting the most important programs that provide these communities the opportunities they need to contribute to the economy.”
Meanwhile, Republican budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan released the GOP’s FY2012 “Path to Prosperity” budget, which would cut $72 billion in spending and target both Medicare and Medicaid for deep cuts.
Ryan released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal he made bold claims about the effect his cuts will have, including a projection that unemployment will be reduced to 4 percent by 2015. That’s a key number since, as Kai Wright mentioned yesterday, currently unemployment is at 8.8 percent overall, and over 15 percent for black Americans. But as Tim Fernholz reports at National Journal, Ryan’s projections are questionable, since economists predict that 5 percent unemployment—which is considered “full employment”—won’t be achieved for several more years.
Ryan’s proposed budget also assumes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act — which is curious, to say the least, since, as the Congressional Budget Office has explained repealing health care reform would actually add nearly $250 billion to the deficit.
- Ryan To Unveil Budget Proposal (npr.org)