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Don’t Touch the Capital


Because tax cuts for the wealthy are sacred, Republicans in Congress have voted to deal with what they consider a bigger issue than even unemployment by attacking the deficit as follows:

*Block money for carrying out the health care overhaul (even though blocking the overhaul would actually increase the deficit).

*Bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

*Eliminate federal family planning and teen pregnancy prevention grants.

*Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations curbing emissions of gases that cause global warming.

*Reduce Pell Grants for lower-income college students.

*Cut food aid for poor pregnant women and women with children up to the age of 5 years.

*Eliminate federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

*Limit this year’s budget for the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and cut the budgets of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

To sum up: Use the deficit issue to promote the conservative social agenda, and screw the middle class, the poor, and even the planet.

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