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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 An open letter to W

Dear W,

What a budget!

There's so much I like about it, but I want to thank you specifically for your efforts to slash 154 programs that benefit middle-class and working-class Americans. Who needs the Centers for Disease Control? Who needs a world-class public education system? Who needs police officers on the streets? Not me. That's why you cut the successful COPS program by 96 percent. That's right, 96 percent!

I was most impressed that your budget completely "overlooked" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will cost at least $350 billion over the next 10 years. (I make my corporate accountants do the same thing when we cook the books.) Brilliant!

You also did a great job of ignoring the costs of our plan to eliminate -- I know, I know, I'm supposed to say "privatize" -- Social Security. Sure, Social Security is running a huge surplus (unlike the rest of our government). And yes, your Social Security plan would cost almost $5,000,000,000,000 over the next 20 years... but that doesn't mean you have to put it in your budget!

It's just a matter of time before public investments in schools, housing, and roads are a thing of the past. In no time, the middle class will struggle further to make ends meet, working three jobs while we reap even greater profits off their backs. I can't wait!

Our joyful journey continues: More backdoor tax cuts for the richest 0.01 percent! More hidden costs for the middle class! Take from Main Street and give to Wall Street! Make Social Security neither! Budget cuts for schools and police! Huzzah!


Max Affluence


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