[Homestead] Bush 2006 budget
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sat Feb 5 13:34:02 EST 2005
tvoivozhd---you will never get an honest budget from a
President so thoroughly and habitually committed to deceit
in all things---from happy terms like "Clear Skies" to
describe increasing air pollution. "Healthy Forests" to
describe clearcutting trees financed by slashing down the
few big ones left for seed---and of course pretending the
80 billion dollar Iraq budget is not part of the military
budget, making the latter an honest 499.3 billion dollars
instead of a dishonest 419.3 billion dollars.
And he is pissing away 192.5 billion dollars on his
religious looney sexual abstinence program to which no
teenager listens, money that could be better spent on
almost anything else.
New York Times
February 5, 2005
Bush Budget Calls for Cuts in Health Services
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 - President Bush's budget for 2006 cuts
spending for a wide range of public health programs,
including several to protect the nation against
bioterrorist attacks and to respond to medical
emergencies, budget documents show.
Faced with constraints on spending caused by record budget
deficits and the demands of the war in Iraq,
wadministration officials said on Friday that they had
increased the budget for some health programs but cut many
others, including some that address urgent health care
The documents show, for example, that Mr. Bush would cut
spending for several programs that deal with epidemics,
chronic diseases and obesity. His plan would also cut the
budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
by 9 percent, to $6.9 billion, the documents show.
The cuts are part of an attempt to control the federal
deficit, while increasing spending on certain priority
programs. Administration officials have said that in the
budget, to be unveiled on Monday, Mr. Bush will propose
that overall domestic spending, aside from entitlements,
grows less than the rate of inflation next year.
But the administration is proposing to increase the
Pentagon budget by 4.8 percent, to $419.3 billion in the
2006 fiscal year, according to Defense Department budget
documents obtained by The New York Times. That sum does
not include the costs of operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan, now running about $5 billion a month. Within
a few weeks, the administration is expected to request
about $80 billion to cover those costs.
The president's approach to domestic programs is
illustrated in the way he balances competing claims at the
Centers for Disease Control.
Mr. Bush requests money to expand a national stockpile of
vaccines and antibiotics. But the public health emergency
fund of the centers, which helps state and local agencies
prepare for bioterror attacks, would be cut 12.6 percent,
to $1 billion.
In the event of an attack, states could use that money to
distribute drugs and vaccines from the stockpile - for
example, by conducting a mass immunization campaign
against smallpox, anthrax or other infectious agents.
Kim A. Elliott, deputy director of the Trust for America's
Health, a nonprofit advocacy group, said, "It's robbing
Peter to pay Paul when you build up the national stockpile
at the expense of bioterrorism preparedness activities at
the state and local level."
Administration officials acknowledged that some of the
proposed cuts would affect high-priority programs. But
they said that the budget this year was exceptionally
tight and that, in some cases, several programs served the
same basic purpose.
Over all, the president's budget would reduce the
Department of Health and Human Services' discretionary
spending - the amounts subject to annual appropriations -
by 2.4 percent, to $68 billion. According to documents,
obtained from budget analysts who opposed the cuts, those
figures do not include Medicare costs, which will increase
sharply with the addition of a prescription drug benefit
A Public Health Service program for "chronic disease
prevention and health promotion" would be cut by 6.5
percent, to $841 million in 2006. The program finances
efforts to prevent and control obesity, which federal
health officials say has reached epidemic proportions.
The president's budget would also eliminate a block grant
that provides $131 million for preventive health services.
Under federal law, the money is used to "address urgent
health problems," which vary from state to state.
Under the president's request, the budget of the National
Institutes of Health, which doubled from 1998 to 2003,
would rise by 0.7 percent, to $28.7 billion next year.
That is much less than what would be needed to keep pace
with the costs of biomedical research, which are rising
more than 3.5 percent a year.
For the National Science Foundation, Mr. Bush will request
$5.6 billion in 2006, an increase of 2.4 percent, budget
documents show. Mr. Bush requested an increase last year
as well, but Congress ended up making a small cut in the
agency's budget for this year.
At the Food and Drug Administration, buffeted in recent
months by concerns about drug safety, the budget would
increase by 4.5 percent, to $1.9 billion. Most of the $81
million increase would go toward the evaluation of
prescription drugs and the inspection of food shipments.
Mr. Bush says he wants a community health center in every
poor county. The budget would increase spending for such
clinics by 17.5 percent, to $2 billion. Budget officials
said these clinics would care for 16.4 million people next
year, up from 14 million this year.
The president is also seeking $718 million for a new
effort to enroll more children in Medicaid and the
Children's Health Insurance Program. Millions of uninsured
children are eligible but not enrolled.
Budget documents also include these domestic proposals:
¶The budget for training nurses, dentists and other health
professionals would be cut 64 percent, to $160.5 million
in 2006. The president would cut $100 million, or 33
percent, from a $301 million program that trains doctors
at children's hospitals.
¶Mr. Bush seeks a $38 million increase in programs
promoting sexual abstinence, which would bring the total
to $192.5 million in 2006, an increase of more than 50
percent since 2004.
¶The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program, which
helps people pay their heating bills, would be cut 8.4
percent, to $2 billion. High prices for home heating oil
make this a particularly contentious proposal.
¶The Centers for Disease Control would receive $306
million, a 4.2 percent increase, for global health
activities, including work on AIDS.
¶Mr. Bush requests $120 million to deal with the threat of
a global flu epidemic. That represents an increase of 21
The budget would also eliminate a $9 million program for
the treatment of people with traumatic brain injury and a
$9.9 million program to collect stem cells from blood
found in the umbilical cord after childbirth. Scientists
say such cells may prove useful in the treatment of many
diseases, and do not raise the ethical issues involved in
taking stem cells from human embryos.
Mr. Bush said Friday that he would curb spending for
political as well as fiscal reasons. "People in Congress
on both sides of the aisle have said, 'Let's worry about
the deficit,' " he said in Omaha as he campaigned for his
Social Security plan. "I said, 'O.K. we'll worry about it
again.' My last budget worried about it. This budget will
really worry about it."
Echoing a vow made in his State of the Union address, Mr.
Bush said: "We're going to eliminate or vastly reduce 150
programs that aren't meeting needs, aren't meeting
priorities and are not getting the job done. It's time to
be wise with the people's money."
At the Treasury Department, Mr. Bush is seeking an
increase of $500 million, or 7.8 percent, to police
compliance with the tax laws. That would increase the
enforcement budget of the Internal Revenue Service to $6.9
billion. The Treasury said the additional money would be
used to examine more tax returns, collect past due taxes
and investigate cases of tax avoidance.
The Defense Department is proposing to cut $55 billion
from various programs over the next six years, with most
of the reductions in the later years. Even so, the
Pentagon budget is projected to exceed $500 billion by
The Pentagon intends to buy fewer FA-22 fighter jets, DD(
X) destroyers, Virginia-class attack submarines and LPD-17
amphibious ships, used by the Navy to transport marines.
It also plans to retire one of the Navy's 12 aircraft
carriers, which Navy officials have said will be the
carrier John F. Kennedy, based in Mayport, Fla.
The cuts are partly offset by $25 billion in increased
spending for the Army, as it restructures its forces to
rely on more readily deployable brigades instead of much
Eric Schmitt contributed reporting for this article.
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