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Wednesday, February 05, 2003  

No soup for you!

"President Bush's budget proposes new eligibility requirements that would make it more difficult for low-income families to obtain a range of government benefits, from tax credits to school lunches."

"About half of the 28 million children in the National School Lunch Program receive free meals because they come from low-income families. But John H. Rice, a spokesman for the federal Food and Nutrition Service, said the government had found that the number of students certified for free meals was about 25 percent higher than the number who appeared to be eligible, according to Census Bureau data."

You're following this aren't you?--to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy, we must crack down on the deadbeat kids trying to eat lunch. Well, try this logic on for size, then:

"The Bush budget would also replace one of the largest federal housing programs with a block grant to states, which could redirect some of the money away from working poor people in cities. Mr. Bush said he wanted to shift money and responsibility for this and other social welfare programs, including Medicaid, to the states."| link |

But wait. The President is himself a deadbeat:

But today, as educators from around the country digested next year's federal education budget, many said it recalled not a new approach, but the familiar practice of an administration pledging more support than it delivers.

Backers of the administration's education law, No Child Left Behind, said that the level of federal spending was far below the amounts the administration agreed to in negotiating the law with Congress and that the shortfalls would undermine the states' ability to deliver on the law's ambitious promise. | link |

Well, nevermind that, the states can handle a little extra burden for the sake of the kiddies, right? Oops:

Estimates of state budget deficits for the current fiscal year have grown by nearly 50 percent in two months, creating the worst fiscal outlook for states since World War II and prompting nearly half of them to consider raising taxes, a new survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows.

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I don't know if the Times was doing a little commentary-by-proximity, but all three of these articles appeared in the same place in today's paper. Hmmm.

posted by Jeff | 4:10 PM |
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