Thursday, 10 February 2011

How much are spending cuts really cutting, and what would we lose?

Sociological Images has a nice breakdown of Republicans' proposed spending cuts. Check out the post for a full discussion, but here is a helpful graphic:



So, in cutting 4/10s of 1 percent from the budget, what do we lose? Proposed cuts of over $1 billion to community health centers and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Oh, and let's not forget cutting the entire Title X family planning program. And $758 million from WIC.

I am so sick of the hypocrisy. This money spent on health and prevention prevents us from needing to spend much bigger sums elsewhere in the budget. Slash it, and watch other expenses rise. Or refuse to pay those expenses either, and let a huge swath of America suffer. Just to score political points ("we're not funding that horrible Planned Parenthood anymore!") for what amounts to a miniscule amount of total expenditures and doing very little towards deficit reduction.