VIDEO: Bush says no to $22B On America, rather $200B more For Iraq.

How about this for an idea, we let our children keep slipping down down down in education, let our veterans suffer with minimal at best health care, let our **bridges fall to the ground and our highways crumble, while at the same time spend hundreds of billions on bailouts and hundreds of EXTRA billions on this fucking war that makes no goddamned sense.  This probably explains why there are * 20 other countries with higher graduation percentages than America and why out of the * 29 countries polled, American 15 year olds ranked 24, wow, 5 whole countries are worse than us, maybe they can’t afford new math books either.  I am so sick of seeing Bush’s smug face grinning out at the cameras…. I wish he would just . . .(insert your own entry here)

 

The Democratic leadership in Congress is set to pass a host of domestic funding bills that would exceed Bush’s request by $22 billion. The extra funding would help go towards veterans health care, infrastructure improvements, education, and other domestic priorities.

Speaking to business leaders at a White House event this morning, Bush railed against the relatively modest increase in spending, arguing that $22 billion is “a lot of money”:

Some in Congress will tell you that $22 billion is not a lot of money. As business leaders, you know better. As a matter of fact, $22 billion is larger than the annual revenues of most Fortune 500 companies. The $22 billion is only for the first year. With every passing year the number gets bigger and bigger, and so over the next five years the increase in federal spending would add up to $205 billion.

 

Bush warned that spending increases, which could add up to over $200 billion over five years, would be “taking money out of the pocket” of Americans who need to “pay their mortgages or pay for their children going to college.” Unfortunately, Bush failed to appreciate the irony in his remarks.

While complaining of modest spending increases on much-needed domestic funding priorities, Bush is far less concerned about the impact of spending $200 billion in the next year alone on a disastrous war in Iraq:

President Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another massive spending measure — totaling nearly $200 billion — to fund the war through next year, Pentagon officials said.

It shouldn’t take a “CEO President” to figure out that $200 billion is greater than $22 billion.

Transcript:

BUSH: Unfortunately, the Democratic majority in Congress has chosen a different path. The plan they have put forward includes an increase in discretionary spending that is nearly $22 billion more than my budget request.

Some in Congress will tell you that $22 billion is not a lot of money. As business leaders, you know better. As a matter of fact, $22 billion is larger than the annual revenues of most Fortune 500 companies.

And the $22 billion is only for the first year. With every passing year the number gets bigger and bigger, and so over the next five years the increase in federal spending would add up to $205 billion.

And the only way to pay for such a large spending increase is to raise taxes on the American people. So, it’s no surprise that the same members of Congress who are planning the big increase in federal spending are also planning the largest tax increase in American history. At a time when families are working hard to pay their mortgages or pay for their children going to college, now is not the time to be taking money out of their pocket.

 

* Among industrialized countries, America ranks 21st in high school graduation rates.
OECD, Education at a Glance (2007), Chart A.2.1

* Among industrialized countries, America ranks 15th in college completion.
OECD, Education at a Glance (2007), Chart A.3.2

* American 15-year-olds rank 24th in math out of 29 countries.
OECD, PISA 2003 Results, Chart A4.1

** Crumbling Highways and Bridges

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