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Ear to the Ground

House Votes to Slash Spending

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Posted on Feb 19, 2011
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A statue of George Washington occupies the rotunda in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

The Republican-controlled House, taking aim at everything from health care to the environment, has voted to cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget.

Domestic social programs, foreign aid and even some military projects are also targeted by the anti-spending crusade. —JCL

The New York Times:

The House voted early Saturday to slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget over the next seven months, showing how powerfully the grass-roots, antispending fervor of the November elections is driving the new Republican majority’s efforts to shrink the size and scope of government.

The vote, in favor of deep reductions in domestic programs, foreign aid and even some military projects, put the two parties on a path to a quick succession of showdowns over the deficit and the nation’s accumulated and growing debt. The debate has been made all the more bitter by long-simmering political feuds over health care, energy, social policy and a fundamental divide over the proper role of government.

The vote, 235 to 189, was a victory for the large, boisterous class of fiscally conservative Republican freshmen that is fiercely determined to change the ways of Washington and that forced party leaders to pursue far bigger cuts than originally planned.

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By gerard, February 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

Slash corporate donations to political campaigns.
Slash lobbyists’ contributions to corruption.
Slash funding for wars in the Middle East.
Slash support for “clean” coal and off-shore drills.
Slash profits of corporate polluters.
Slash money contributed to Israel to kill Palestinians. 
Slash funds allotted to the State Department to tell Arab, Asian and Central and South American countries what to do.

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By rollzone, February 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

hello. what a group of limp wrists. slash. how slashy
will they get? slash a couple $trillion from troop
sizes. slash. here a slash, there a slash- pansies. $60
billion is the change already lying on the House floor.
slash the military budget in half. bring the troops
home to the southern border. slash. stop spending my
money.

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By berniem, February 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Exactly where and to whom is this $60 billion going?

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By john from ojai, February 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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This is what happens in a corporatocracy. Check the campaign contributions of military supply companies like Boeing, Lockheed, GE, Raytheon etc. and you’ll see why Republicans, Democrats and Obama continue to increase military spending and cut social services. Maybe that spreading revolutionary fervor for real democracy could ignite in the USA! Check out Noam Chomsky’s piece on Democracy Now.

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