Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bush Vetoes Funds for Child Abuse Prevention

Continuing his unprecedented assault on commitment to families, on Tuesday, President Bush vetoed a health, human services, and education funding bill that included $65 million for programs that prevent child abuse.

The President cited budget concerns and called the bill "bloated" when issuing the veto. In reality, the bill passed with strong bipartisan support and is only 2.4% higher than what the President requested when he submitted his budget.

The bill is far from "bloated" with spending. For the most part, the bill just rejects the President's proposed cuts for health and education programs and proposes modest increases that don't even keep pace with inflation.

Meanwhile also on Tuesday, the President approved a 9% increase in the Pentagon budget (a $40 billion increase to $471 billion) that doesn't even include another $184 billion request for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The President claims that $655 billion in military spending is necessary to keep America safe, but when Congress proposes spending less than 1 ten-thousandth as much to keep children safe in the United States, he vetoes the bill.

For comparison sake, consider that we will now spend more in one hour for the Dept. of Defense ($74.7 million/hr) than the amount the President rejected ($65 million/yr) to keep kids safe from abuse for a full year.

I have a radical idea. How about spending a couple of hours worth of what it costs for the Dept. of Defense to help kids be safe at home?

Nah, that's crazy.

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