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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 276 -- Spending Cuts.

Schmending Cuts-

Earlier today, I was watching a few minutes of Fox News, and a political advertisement came on claiming that the administration is trying to drastically cut spending on health. The poor, the elderly, and so on would be hurt. Yadda yadda. A woman dressed as a nurse appealed to viewers to contact Congress and tell them to stop the administration's spending cuts that would hurt America's health.

What a crock.

Spending on health care is skyrocketing upward:

Since 1990, health spending on the poor has more than doubled from 3.3 percent to 7.6 percent of all federal spending. In that time, the Medicaid population has increased from 25 million to 55 million, while the average (inflation-adjusted) payment per beneficiary increased from $3,839 to $4,873.

Since 2001, Medicaid has added 10 million par­ticipants to its rolls and increased spending by 40 percent to $182 billion. Spending for the new State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has increased by 39 percent while insuring 4.4 million Americans.

The facts don't lie. Spending just can't continue going up this way, or we're going to drive our economy into the ground:

healthcareassistancespendin.gif

Indeed, anti-poverty spending is WAY up in this country over the past few decades. The Bush administration has in no way radically scaled back spending, as the rhetoric would suggest. In fact, much of the spending is considered "mandatory," rather than discretionary, meaning the entitlements were promised long ago, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

antipovertyspendingwayup.gif

That fake nurse on that political ad should be ashamed of herself. Spending is up at an unreasonable and unsustainable pace. Cuts, schmuts.

Source:

Heritage.


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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Kyoto.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 February 2006 03:59 PM

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Demo-land - Where not spending enough extra constitutes a "spending cut."

Posted by: Hoodlumman at February 22, 2006 05:59 PM