Our air and water may be polluted, but by gum, we're going to have smart kids...
April 9, 2001 12:15 PM   Subscribe

Our air and water may be polluted, but by gum, we're going to have smart kids... Bush gives us the new budget, which gives money to Education and the military, but cuts back on Agriculture and the EPA. Guess we're all going to be chewing down on that synthetic corn while wearing gas masks, eh?
posted by Cavatica (4 comments total)

 
... ah yes ... Bush, again.

his ideas have a way of being regarded by many ... (by many i obviously mean: most people) as wrong.

like this
posted by a11an at 12:23 PM on April 9, 2001


It seems, according to the description of the new budget, that it's very pro-business, by going after regulatory agencies that are seen as "impeding" business (like the EPA). It's also pretty obviously got a good deal of "what about the children!?!" funding increases.

There are some contradictory things described. How can food safety budgets be increased when he's gutting the USDA, EPA, and OSHA (not mentioned here, but his administration is going after the OSHA regs Clinton's office put in place). The focus on medical research is interesting. On the one hand it appears as if he cares about people and wants to protect their health, but in the last 20 years that's meant everyone becoming patients ingesting a steady stream of high cost, patented and marketed medications.

I guess it's hard to say that "This is about trying to do the right thing for the people of the United States," when it seems to be doing the right thing for business owners, instead of all US citizens.
posted by mathowie at 12:56 PM on April 9, 2001


I guess it's hard to say that "This is about trying to do the right thing for the people of the United States..."

The more appropriate thing to say, maybe, is "This is about trying to do the right thing for the right people of the United States..." The "right" people, of course, being corporations.
posted by jpoulos at 1:01 PM on April 9, 2001


I never thought I'd hear myself defending Bush Jr., but here I go.

I guess it's hard to say that "This is about trying to do the right thing for the people of the United States," when it seems to be doing the right thing for business owners, instead of all US citizens.

Yes. Of course. From Bush's point of view there is no difference. This is what modern American conservatism is all about. The key article of faith is the idea that "the right thing for the people" is a natural side-effect of a free-flowing economy. It's not that Bush is necessarily looking out for the big money and thereby screwing the rest of us; it's that there's probably not a whole lot of difference in his mind between looking out for the big money and doing right by the average American.

-Mars
posted by Mars Saxman at 3:50 PM on April 9, 2001


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