Thursday, February 10, 2005

Senator Boxer: Bush's Budget is "incomplete"

GovTrack: Senate Record: AN INCOMPLETE BUDGET (109-s20050207-13)


    The President has sent down his budget. We are going through it now to see what it means for our State. But this is quite a budget. This is a budget that does not include the costs of the war in Iraq. This is a budget that does not include the costs of the war in Afghanistan. This is a budget that does not show the true costs of making the tax cuts permanent. This is a budget that does not show the costs of what I call anti-Social Security, going into personal accounts, which is an enormous multitrillion dollar cost.

    So you have a document which is, on its face, incomplete. That is the best way I can put it: incomplete. Other people might use another word for it, but I will be charitable and say it is incomplete. Why can't the President show the true costs? Because he could not hold up his head if he put the true costs in there. We would be looking at deficits that are ruinous. The truth is, the deficits are ruinous.

    When President Bush took over, he had a surplus as far as the eye could see. He turned it into a deficit in 15 minutes. He said the tax cuts would be so great that we would have economic growth and we would suddenly have a balanced budget. It did not happen.

    Let me tell you what else is not in this budget. Where is the money from the Iraqi oil that was supposed to be coming our way? On March 27, 2003, not that long ago, this is what Paul Wolfowitz, the Assistant Secretary of Defense said, in congressional testimony, sworn to tell the truth:

    The oil revenues of Iraq could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years. ..... We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.

    Let me repeat that. A Bush administration spokesperson, very high up in the Defense Department, said:

    The oil revenues of Iraq could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years. ..... We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.

    Well, here it is, folks, it is 3 years later, and not a penny of revenue is coming into our budget to help us, and the whole cost of the Iraq war is outside the budget--a disaster.

    Here is another claim, by White House spokesman Ari Fleischer:

    Iraq, unlike Afghanistan, is a rather wealthy country. Iraq has tremendous resources that belong to the Iraqi people. And so there are a variety of means that Iraq has to be able to shoulder much of the burden for their own reconstruction.

    Where is the revenue in our budget? Not a dime, not one slim dime. They are not even talking about making these costs into loans against future oil revenues. And in the meantime, what are the American people told by this President and his budget? What are the veterans told? Oh, we are cutting back on veterans health care. Can you imagine? We are almost at 11,000 wounded, and this President's budget says, You are going to have to pay more for your pharmaceuticals, $250 to join, and you have to pay more. Let me tell you, a lot of us are going to stop that. Let me tell you, a lot of us are not going to let that happen.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hellooooooo S1Rku11........Hey Dude,nice blog..Really... Anyway,after posting two threads this morning at the Nuvo board-The Republican Pedophacracy&Bush Gives White House Tour To Stormfront Crackers- I have been banned. So......It's up to you,Reggid,Kaco and Anarchist to continue to give EM HELL!!! Take Care! !@#$%&

4:44 PM  
Blogger s1rkull said...

I didn't see you do anything to get banned....although I didn't have much of a chance to read it today.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think one has to ANYTHING....At the moment to be banned...Hell,those threads are still up and running...Oh well,Life moves on. Nuvo was at one time an alternative paper( A very good one)--But when you have full page ads from Budweiser,Camel and Coors Light,well,that ain't exactly alternative. Moreover,the paper hasn't been the same since the loss of Harrison Ullman ( and I've stated this on the board several times)and Nuvo appears to be more interested in and accomodating to garage bands these days than uh.....Real investigative reporting. Look no further than the folks among their advertisements--Biff and Buffy.I remember the smackdown Goldsmith received that graced the pages of Nuvo via Ullman--You won't see that today. Nope,just silly stuff today- Trying too hard to be cool-For the most part. Every now and then a story-- A faint reminder of the golden days surfaces. But this is now.I think the back pages of sex ads ( And the ads from brewers)are indicative of the need for more revenue,as the internet becomes the primary source for alternative info. There's not much difference of those among the Nuvo staff and say the staff of uh....Gannett. They both have papers to run and revenue to generate. Although Gannette is a bit more honest and doesn't pretend to be the ombudsmen. Alternative Media(especially at a time when it's needed most) is a calling. Either you've got it or you don't. Hell,they've been banning some of the freepers which I think is wrong. Nothing underscores our arguments better than allowing the freepers to post. Allowing them to reveal their truest selves where upon any reasonable person will/can conclude that they ( freepers) are indeed.....WACKOOOO!! Anyway,the forum is Hammers playground and he'll do what he wants and rightfully so.I had my fun. I just wish we had a source for an authentic alternative to Gannette in this city.

6:14 PM  
Blogger s1rkull said...

Very true man, any type of venture involved in commerce tends to dillute over time, although there are plenty of major alternative papers and magazines out there which have remained true to their original calling.

I haven't really been reading Nuvo lately so I couldn't comment on their editorial direction or anything like that, but hell yeah, full page ads for Camel and shit like that...you gotta pay the electric bill somehow I suppose.

But dude, you know what? Just like when that Johnnie guy asked why Nuvo doesn't do more stories about Native Americans and they told him to submit some stuff, maybe you should try to submit some stuff to them. Who knows....

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