Thursday, October 6, 2005

Because I Can...

Because the e-mail of a friend generated a surprising amount of interest, I have decided to add the president and vice-president to my regular correspondence list. Here's what I sent them today:

Subject: Nice Job!!
Date: 10/05/2005 7:47:05 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
From: SherriTheWriter

Yes, indeed, good work. Why feed Americans when there's so much democracy to instill (oil to steal, corporate cronies to enrich) in Iraq?

I appreciate your great service to (the rich corporations of) this country.

Sharon Secor

Congress Seeks to Slash Food Aid for Poor

- By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, October 5, 2005

(10-05) 08:09 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Under orders to whittle agriculture spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress propose to slash food programs for the poor by $574 million and subsidies and conservation programs by $1 billion each, The Associated Press has learned.

The plan by Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., would reduce farmers' payments by 2.5 percent across the board, slashing spending by $1.145 billion over five years. That's half the 5 percent the Bush administration sought earlier this year.
The $574 million cut in food stamps would come from restricting access to this benefit for certain families that receive other government assistance. The restriction would shut an estimated 300,000 people out of the program.

The conservation cuts would curb the number of acres that can be enrolled in the biggest of the programs, the Conservation Reserve Program, and limit spending on two others, the Conservation Security Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Omitted from the budget-cutting plan is President Bush's idea of cutting billions of dollars from payments to large farm operations by lowering the maximum subsidies that could be collected each year.

The administration backed off of that plan in April amid fierce opposition from farmers and Congress.

The AP obtained a summary of the plan, which is scheduled for a Thursday morning vote in Chambliss' committee.

©2005 Associated Press

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