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ez now

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Dont have much time left to post. How about comments about Bushes budget,I just read today about the new budget proposed. Just figured out who really is paying for the bush tax cuts, students, because of reduction in student loans, and more cuts to the poor, farmers, and the saddest one, our veterans.
 

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Dont have much time left to post. How about comments about Bushes budget,I just read today about the new budget proposed. Just figured out who really is paying for the bush tax cuts, students, because of reduction in student loans, and more cuts to the poor, farmers, and the saddest one, our veterans.
Will get back to this as time allows. The cuts to farmers will be minimal and will cap payments at $250,000/yr, probably still enough to bring out the investors that feed at the subsidized trough :evil: , but not nearly enough, IMO. The whining is deafening. The budget to the VA is actually increased:
Administration Seeks $70.8 Billion for VA in 2006
February 7, 2005


WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson announced today that President Bush will seek a record $70.8 billion in the fiscal year 2006 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with the overwhelming majority of these resources targeted for health care and disability compensation.

“This budget demonstrates the President’s ongoing commitment to provide the very best health care and benefits to those veterans who count on VA the most,” Nicholson said.

The FY ’06 budget proposal calls for $33.4 billion in discretionary funding -- mostly for health care -- and $37.4 billion in mandatory funding, mostly for compensation, pension and other benefit programs. This represents an increase of 2.7 percent over this year's discretionary budget.

FY ’06 Budget Highlights
This budget proposal guarantees that the department will be able to care for those veterans who count on VA the most.

With this budget proposal, the President, working in partnership with Congress, will have increased health care funding for veterans by 47 percent since FY ’01.

The budget ensures continuation of the Presidential priority where VA is working closely with the Department of Defense to ensure that service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families are provided timely, high-quality services.

VA will be able to care for more than 5.2 million patients. With this budget, the department will be able to care for a record number of our high-priority patients, those veterans counting on us the most, including veterans of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

The FY ’06 budget proposal includes $750 million for the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) program, bringing the total department investment to date to $2.15 billion. The FY ’06 proposal includes 28 new outpatient clinics, funding for design work for two new medical facilities in Biloxi, Miss., and Fayetteville, Ark., as well as additional funding for five other major construction projects in Las Vegas, Nev.; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Gainesville, Fla., and Anchorage, Alaska.

The FY ’06 budget request calls for a total investment of $2.2 billion in enhanced mental health services, which is $100 million above this year’s funding level. This budget proposal ensures a full continuum of care for veterans with mental health issues, to include comprehensive treatment for those veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The FY ’06 budget calls for $1.2 billion for prosthetics and sensory aids, a $100 million increase over FY ’05.

Funding for non-institutional long-term care would increase by more than 18 percent over FY ’05, with a total investment of $400 million in the President's proposed budget.

Continuing the largest expansion of the national cemetery system since the Civil War, the FY ’06 budget proposal includes $90 million for construction projects, including funds for the purchase of land for six new national cemeteries in Bakersfield, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; Columbia-Greenville, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Sarasota, Fla.; and southeastern Pennsylvania; and expansion of the Fort Rosecrans Annex in Miramar, Calif. The budget also includes $32 million for new state cemetery grants.
FY ’06 Budget Highlights for the Veterans Health Administration

The Veterans Health Administration has received record budget increases over the last four years. With this budget proposal, the President, working in partnership with Congress, will have increased health care funding for veterans by more than 47 percent since FY ’01. The President’s FY ’06 budget proposal requests $30.7 billion for VA’s health care program.

With these resources, VA will be able to treat more than 5.2 million patients. In 2006, nearly 80 percent of veteran patients are expected to be high priority – those veterans who count on VA the most.

The President’s budget request also includes $750 million to continue the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) program designed to modernize VA's health care system. The FY ’06 proposal brings the total department investment to date to $2.15 billion. This historic transformation means that VA will be able to provide greater access to high-quality care closer to where most veterans live.

For the last five years, the independent American Customer Satisfaction index found veterans were happier than most Americans with the health care they receive. In December, a study by the prestigious RAND Corporation reported that VA patients were also significantly more likely than non-VA patients to receive needed preventative care.

FY ’06 Budget Highlights for the Veterans Benefits Administration

The President’s budget proposal for FY ’06 will enable the Veterans Benefits Administration to maintain record increases in educational assistance and home loan programs.

Continuing the nation's long-standing commitment to provide educational benefits to veterans, service members and certain family members of veterans, the department will continue to offer veterans and service members educational assistance up to $1,004 per month – a record amount – for full-time education or training in an approved institution.

VA’s support to service members and veterans purchasing or improving homes through the home loan guaranty program will remain at record levels.

VA is now guarantying home loans with no down payment of nearly $360,000 for eligible veterans, up from the $240,000 maximum last year.

Vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits for service-disabled veterans will increase by $64 million in FY ’06, which is 11 percent more than FY ’05.

Men and women still on active duty will find it easier to access VA benefits when they near the end of their military service because of the enhancements in the FY ’06 budget proposal for VA programs that allow early application for disability claims and other benefits.

FY ’06 Budget Highlights for the National Cemetery Administration

Over the past four years, the President has committed to the largest expansion of the national cemetery system since the Civil War. To this end, the FY ’06 budget calls for $290 million, nearly $17 million, or 6.4 percent, more than the level for FY ’05.

The FY ’06 budget proposal calls for $90 million for construction projects, including funds for the purchase of land for six new national cemeteries in the areas of Bakersfield, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; Columbia-Greenville, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Sarasota, Fla.; and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The 2006 budget also includes funds for cemetery expansion and improvement at the Fort Rosecrans Annex in Miramar, Calif., and $32 million for the state cemetery grant program. The share of veterans living within 75 miles of a national or state veterans cemetery will increase to more than 82 percent in 2006, which means that about 1.7 million more veterans will have access to a burial option in 2006 than in 2004.

FY ’06 Budget Highlights for Legislative Proposals
The President’s 2006 budget includes legislative proposals that will further ensure VA is able to care for those veterans who count on it the most. The proposals include:

ending all copayments for former prisoners of war;

ending copayments for hospice care;

authorizing VA to pay for emergency room care or urgent care for enrolled veterans in non-VA medical facilities;

allowing more resources to be devoted to the homeless providers grant and per diem program;

establishing a priority system for veterans receiving care in state veterans homes;

increasing pharmacy copayments from $7 to $15 for a 30-day supply of drugs*; and

establishing an annual enrollment fee of $250.*
* These proposals ask that non-disabled, higher income veterans (Priority 7 and 8 veterans) assume a small share of the cost of their health care, in line with amounts required of military retirees who have served at least 20 years in uniform or who were retired early due to service-related disabilities. Under no circumstances will a veteran make a copayment of any kind for the treatment of a service-connected condition.
 

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ez now,
you need to understand that all of these costs are adjusted for inflation, therefore if the amount is not increased at least the amount of inflation, the media calls it a cut. that is not in real dollars, just paper money and who knows what inflation will really be next year. DO YOU KNOW?
 

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Nothing but fiscal irresponsibility. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Social Security "reform" will benefit the Wall Street traders, as they can manipulate the market in their favor with more money. Skyrocketing oil prices certainly favor the Buszcszcszchhh Whackers friends in Texas. And his "tax reforms" have really been an inspiration to those who aren't(and have not been) paying their fair share. So business as usual.
 

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Nothing but fiscal irresponsibility. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Social Security "reform" will benefit the Wall Street traders, as they can manipulate the market in their favor with more money. Skyrocketing oil prices certainly favor the Buszcszcszchhh Whackers friends in Texas. And his "tax reforms" have really been an inspiration to those who aren't(and have not been) paying their fair share. So business as usual.
Actually the poor are becoming fewer because more have moved up to middle class. As much as it irritates you, things are really pretty good.

You are against SS reform because it might benefit some stock broker? You do realize that the current system is not sustainable as is don't you? BTW, the stock market is nearing 11,000. But the fact of the matter is that noone will be forced to buy stocks, or even participate in any type of private account, for that matter.

You believe that W has the power and will to raise worldwide oil prices? It couldn't be the huge increase in world wide demand for crude oil, could it?

Are you somehow unhappy with the increased revenue generated by the Bush tax cuts. Lower taxes generate economic growth and are actually beneficial all the way around. Do you think higher taxes would stimulate the economy?
 

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ez now said:
....................How about comments about Bushes budget,I just read today about the new budget proposed. Just figured out who really is paying for the bush tax cuts, students, because of reduction in student loans, and more cuts to the poor, farmers, and the saddest one, our veterans............

Another sob story load of crap from "eznow". Concerning farmers, my thoughts have always been to cap it at whatever the poverty rate is at the time(like $10,000/yr is plenty). If you can't manage any better than that, get the heck out of the way and let some young guy in!


Nobody "pays" for tax cuts! They bring more money into the government coffers. The sad fact is that whenever more money comes in, they seem to find more crap to spend it on.
 

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Just out of curiosity, why do so many banks get huge checks from the farm program? I'm with Bull Burger. Cap the farm welfare checks at $10,000. per individual, no matter how many different trusts and corperations he is involved in and if he can't survive with that amount of help he needs to try another line of work.
 

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Capping payments descriminates, more screw the rich

We current;y have unsustainable inflation (by historical standards) in land markets. These farm subsidy payments are simply bid into inputs. Reduce payments now may well head off 80s style farm crisis in the future.

I'm not that thrilled with the budget, but that is exactly the nature of compromise.
 

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Cuts in food programs for the poor are getting support in congress as alternative to Bush idea of slicing billions of dollars from the payments that go to large farm operations.
Senior Republicans in both house and senate are open to small reductions in farm subsidies but they adamantly oppose the deep cuts sougt by Bush to hold down future federal deficits.
The president wants to lower the maximum subsidies that can be collected each year by any one farm operation from $360,000 to $250,000.
Instead, Republican committee chairmen are looking to carve savings from nutrition and land conservation programs. the government is projected to spend $52 billion this year on nutrition programs like food stamps, school lunches and special aid to low income pregnant women and children
Senate agriculture committee chairman Saxby Chambliss,Republican from Georgia, said the $36 billion food stamp program is a good place to look for savings.
Your right Cal, The cuts to farmers are minimal.
 

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ez now said:
Cuts in food programs for the poor are getting support in congress as alternative to Bush idea of slicing billions of dollars from the payments that go to large farm operations.
Senior Republicans in both house and senate are open to small reductions in farm subsidies but they adamantly oppose the deep cuts sougt by Bush to hold down future federal deficits.
The president wants to lower the maximum subsidies that can be collected each year by any one farm operation from $360,000 to $250,000.
Instead, Republican committee chairmen are looking to carve savings from nutrition and land conservation programs. the government is projected to spend $52 billion this year on nutrition programs like food stamps, school lunches and special aid to low income pregnant women and children
Senate agriculture committee chairman Saxby Chambliss,Republican from Georgia, said the $36 billion food stamp program is a good place to look for savings.
Your right Cal, The cuts to farmers are minimal.


They should cut the CRP payments and acres to me that whole program is a joke.Try to buy some land in N.D. for instance every add reads the same "Great investment property enrolled in CRP program recieveing $$$$$ IN PROGRAM PAYMENTS"

It is one reason land rent and purchase values are what they are..

How many times have you heard "Well I will just put it into CRP they pay more than you can afford"

CRP is a JOKE.......................
 

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Senate agriculture committee chairman Saxby Chambliss,Republican from Georgia, said the $36 billion food stamp program is a good place to look for savings.
Your right Cal, The cuts to farmers are minimal.

Since the number of recipients participating in the food stamp program has been in decline even since Clinton was in office, why shouldn't this program recieve cuts in it's budget?
 

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