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List of federal gov’t programs on the chopping block

Over on Metafilter, there’s a link to the Associated Press’ list of programs that the Bush administration’s new budget would kill or cut.

Here’s just a few programs that are lower on the priority list than tax cuts for the wealthy or an extended stay in Iraq:

  • Educational technology state grants, $272 million
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools state grants (for high schools), $347 million
  • Arts in education, $35 million
  • Physical education, $47 million (how smart is this in one of the fattest countries in the world?)
  • Perkins Loan cancellations, $65 million
  • Geothermal technology program, $23 million (I thought we were ending our addiction to oil)
  • America’s Job Bank, $15 million
  • Clean Coal Power initiative, $45 million
  • Internal Revenue Service business systems modernization, $30 million
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $114 million

Bush’s rationale for all of this was cutting “underperforming” programs. I have a hard time imagining that the Perkins Loan program, which makes higher education affordable for many Americans (including this one) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds production of Sesame Street) could be considered “underperforming” by any rubric. And that’s just a sample. Check the whole list out for yourself.

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9 February, 2006 9:43 PM - Posted by | Politics and other hazardous materials

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