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Over $4 BILLION from Education - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Feb. 11th, 2006

03:36 pm - Over $4 BILLION from Education

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Is it any surprise that the department slated to take the biggest cuts in Bush's proposed budget is Education? He's cutting out about 1/3 of the already heavily slashed budget for the Dept of Ed. These nickles and dimes will directly harm an entire generation of Americans but won't come anywhere CLOSE to covering the cost of our ill conceived foreign wars.

Of course, this budget isn't passed by congress, it is only proposed by the president. Now might be a good time to look through this list for things that you believe are valuable and let your friends and congress people know what is at stake.

ETA: I think it is interesting how many of these are cuts to block grants to the states. In the mid-90s the Republicans were all about slashing government programs and replacing them with block grants. Now this Republican president is all about removing even those block grants championed by his predescessors a decade ago.

ETA: Cuts to support for Alaska's indigenous population are interesting given the push to drill in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. That drilling will disrupt the carribou herds that indigenous alaskans have subsisted on for over 10,000 years. I guess Bush realizes that we won't need to support them as much when they're all dead or displaced.

ETA: The cut to Amtrak would amount to a 1/3rd cut in already insufficient federal funding for Amtrak. The numerically larger cut to the FAA however represents less than a 5% cut in federal subsidy for for-profit air travel. This is indicative of the insanely skewed priorities of federal subsidy for transportation.

ETA: I'm seeing cuts to a TON of programs that would have directly helped his pledge to reduce America's "addiction" to oil. Idiot.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060209/ap_on_go_pr_wh/budget_program_cuts_glance

TERMINATIONS:

AGRICULTURE

Microbiological data program, $6 million.
Community Connect broadband grants, $9 million.
Commodity supplemental food program, $107 million.
Research and extension grant earmarks, $196 million.
Ocean freight differential grants, $77 million.
Forest service economic action program, $10 million.
High cost energy grants, $26 million.
Public broadcast grants, $5 million.
Watershed protection and flood prevention operations, $75 million.

Total $511 million

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COMMERCE

Advanced technology program, $79 million.
Emergency steel guarantee loan program $49 million
Telecommunications construction grants $22 million

Total $150 million

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EDUCATION

Educational technology state grants, $272 million
Even Start, $99 million

High school programs terminations:
Vocational education state grants, $1,182 million
Vocational education national programs, $9 million
Upward Bound, $311 million
GEAR UP, $303 million
Talent search, $145 million
Tech prep state grants, $105 million
Smaller learning communities, $94 million
Safe and Drug-Free Schools state grants, $347 million

Elementary and secondary education program terminations:
Parental information and resource centers, $40 million
Arts in education, $35 million
Elementary and secondary school counseling, $35 million
Alcohol abuse reduction, $32 million
Civic education, $29 million
National Writing Project, $22 million
Star Schools, $15 million
School leadership,$15 million
Ready to Teach, $11 million
Javits gifted and talented education, $10 million
Exchanges with Historic Whaling and Trading Partners, $9 million
Comprehensive school reform, $8 million
Dropout prevention program, $5 million
Mental Health integration in schools, $5 million
Women's Educational Equity, $3 million
Academies for American History and Civics, $2 million
Close-Up fellowships, $1 million
Foundations for Learning, $1 million
Excellence in Economic Education, $1 million
Higher Education Programs:
Education demos for students with disabilities, $7 million
Underground Railroad Program, $2 million
State grants for incarcerated youth offenders, $23 million

Postsecondary Student Financial Assistance Programs:
Perkins Loan cancellations, $65 million
Leveraging educational assistance programs, $65 million
Byrd Scholarships, $41 million
Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational opportunity, $3 million
B.J. Stupak Olympic scholarships, $1 million

Vocational rehabilitation programs:
Supported employment, $30 million
Projects with industry, $20 million
Recreational programs, $3 million
Migrant and seasonal farmworkers,$2 million
Teacher Quality Enhancement, $60 million

Total $3,468 million

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ENERGY

University nuclear energy program, $27 million
Oil and gas research and development, $64 million
Geothermal technology program, $23 million

Total $114 million

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control preventive block grant, $99 million
Real Choice System Change grants, $25 million
Community services block grant, $630 million
Community economic development, $27 million
Rural community facilities, $7 million
Job opportunities for low-income individuals, $6 million
Maternal and child health small categorical grants, $39 million
Urban Indian Health Program, $33 million

Total $866 million

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HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of grants and training, $229 million

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HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

HOPE VI, $198 million

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INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs Johnson-O'Malley assistance grants, $16 million
Land and water conservation fund state recreation grants, $28 million
National Park Service statutory aid, $7 million
Rural fire assistance, $10 million

Total $61 million

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JUSTICE

Byrne discretionary grants, $189 million
Byrne justice assistance grants, $327 million
Community Oriented Policing Services technology grants, $128 million
Juvenile accountability block grants, $49 million
National Drug Intelligence Center, $23 million
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, $400 million

Total $1,116 million

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LABOR

America's Job Bank, $15 million
Denali Commission job training earmark, $7 million
Migrant and seasonal farmworkers training program, $79 million
Reintegration of youthful offenders, $49 million
Susan Harwood training grants, $10 million
Work incentive grants, $20 million

Total $180 million

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TRANSPORTATION

National defense tank vessel construction program, $74 million
Railroad rehabilitation financing loan program, $0 million (no funds were enacted in 2006)

Total $74 million

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Unrequested projects, $277 million

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OTHER AGENCIES

National Civilian Community Corps, $22 million
President's Freedom scholarships, $4 million
National Veterans Business Development Corporation, $1 million
Small Business Administration microloan program, $14 million
Postal Service forgone revenue appropriation, $29 million

Total $70 million

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MAJOR REDUCTIONS:

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AGRICULTURE

Conservation operations, $77 million
Resource conservation and development program, $25 million
State and private forestry, $100 million
In-house research, $123 million
Environmental quality incentives program, $270 million
Market access program, $100 million
Rural Economic development grants, $89 million
Watershed rehabilitation program, $ 65 million
Farmland protection program, $47 million
Value-added marketing grants, $40 million
Wildlife habitat incentives program, $30 million
Agricultural management assistance, $14 million
Broadband, $10 million
Ground and surface water conservation, $9 million
Renewable energy program, $3 million
Biomass research and development, $2 million

Total $1004 million

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COMMERCE

Manufacturing extension partnership, $59 million
Technology administration, $5 million

Total $64 million

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EDUCATION

Perkins Loans Institutional Fund recall, $664 million
Teaching American history, $71 million
Physical education, $47 million
Mentoring program, $30 million

Total 811 million

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ENERGY

Environmental management, $762 million
Weatherization assistance program, $79 million
Clean Coal Power initiative, $45 million

Total $886 million

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Service Administration- Children's Graduate Medical Education, $198
HRSA Health professions, $136 million
HRSA Poison control centers, $10 million
HRSA Rural health, $133 million
Social Services block grant, $500 million
Substance abuse and mental health programs, $71 million

Total $1,048 million

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HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of grants and training, $694 million

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HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Public housing capital fund, $261 million

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INTERIOR

BIA school construction, $50 million
Bureau of Reclamation reductions, $127 million
USGS Mineral Resources program, $22 million

Total $199 million

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LABOR

State job training grants consolidation, $514 million
International Labor Affairs Bureau, $61 million
Office of Disability Employment Policy, $8 million

Total $583 million

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TRANSPORTATION

Amtrak, $394 million
Federal Aviation Administration, Airport improvement program, $765 million

Total $1,159 million

TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service business systems modernization, $30 million

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Alaska Native villages, $19 million
Clean water state revolving fund, $199 million

Total $218 million

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INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Assistance for Eastern European democracy, $83 million
Assistance for the state of the former Soviet Union, $68 million

Total $160 million

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

Aeronautics Mission Research Directorate, $160 million

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OTHER AGENCIES

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $114 million
Denali Commission, $47 million
National Archives and Records Administration, $8 million

Total $169 million

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From:tmesser
Date:February 11th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my head has been on the verge of exploding ever since the State of the Union address, basically. There will be letters.
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From:sebastian6
Date:February 11th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I've almost taken a hiatus from reading the news because it's all just so wrong. They've been caught red-handed lying, pillaging, and basically doing whatever they want. Where is the accountability? The whole Congress seemed to shit it's collective pants when Clinton got a blow job. Where is the outrage now? The democrats sound frustrated and resigned to the course we've taken. I heard an interview with Senator Biden yesterday and he just sounded so torpid. When a Senator can't seem to do anything about the problem, how are we supposed to feel?

We've passed the age of scandal. There is no such thing anymore. I'm convinced that Bush could delcare martial law and no one would blink. Him and Cheney and Rumsfeld have gotten away with every single thing they've tried to put over on us. This NSA investigation isn't going anywhere.

I've almost given up thinking things will change.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 11th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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In one sense, I'm not sure things have changed. I'm not sure this is any different than America circa 1890. I think we're just getting better at seeing it and understanding it.

In another sense, things always change and the change never has to do with politicians. Change has to do with people, movements, struggle. That'll happen, it always does. I think we're like the civil rights movement in the 1950s. It was there, tiny, disempowered, marginalized, but waiting to explode. The unseen undocumented work done underground during that time period was VITAL to the massive successes of the 1960s.
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From:die_sterne
Date:February 11th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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ETA: I'm seeing cuts to a TON of programs that would have directly helped his pledge to reduce America's "addiction" to oil. Idiot.

He's only an idiot on this count if the pledge was sincere to begin with. I think 'asshole' would be a more appropriate word, among others.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 11th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I occasionally feign civility on my public posts. Believe me, I thought of many much worse words to put in there.

And of course I never believed any words he spoke. I just like hammering home the reality of his lies from time to time. Even if it isn't a surprise.
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From:die_sterne
Date:February 12th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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I knew what you meant. =) I'm just not as civil as you are.
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From:notaninja
Date:February 12th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
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where are the cuts on defense?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 12th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
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Oh I'm sure he just forgot about those. I'm expecting his announcement of sweeping defense reforms/cuts tomorrow. Peace dividend, here we come!
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From:msphys
Date:February 12th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Didn't he just ask for more money for defense, or was that something else?

The education cuts give me a headache. I swear it's either a sinister plot to boost recruitment to the armed forces or else just pure spite. And what about the families of vocational ed teachers who have kids in college? Oh god.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 12th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Yes. He did. He's insisting that the war not even be part of the budget but be a special separate authorization. So there'll be MORE money for regular defense, PLUS the cost of the two wars that we're still fighting.

Saw you last night for about 2 minutes but then you disappeared. Don't think you ever actually looked over for me to wave hi. Hi.
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From:msphys
Date:February 13th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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Terribly sorry about that. I didn't see much of everything because I was starting to go blind with pain.
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:February 13th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
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Estimated Time of Arrival?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 13th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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Editted To Add.

I've seen other people use it and never knew what it meant. Now that I know, I intend to use it all the time so I can look like a smartypants.
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