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Write a Letter to the Editor

The Bush budget cuts billions away from programs we need, while still increasing the deficit. Use the Dems site to write a letter to the editor of your local papers with just 1 click.

I wrote a letter for Wisconsin but had to shorten it because letters under 250 words are more likely to be published. You can take my letter and replace the Wisconsin numbers with the numbers from your state. I'm putting the long and the short versions here so you can pick and choose from them.


I find it funny that the 2000 Bush campaign slogan “Compassionate Conservatism” has not been repeated since November 7, 2000 by anyone except for jaded citizens who have observed compassion for the ultra-wealthy and large corporations and conservatism that has hurt the rest of us. The Bush 2006 Budget is nothing more than a continuation of his policies that help industries such as the pharmaceutical industry and the oil industry at the expense of all Americans.
In Wisconsin alone, people from all walks of life will be hurt by the Bush budget. The 514,213 veterans living in Wisconsin (under the 2006 budget) would be subject to doubled co-payments for prescription drugs and a $250 user fee for the VA healthcare system. No Child Left Behind is underfunded by $163.9 million in Wisconsin, leaving behind 36,408 of our children. Pell Grants, which Bush promised to fund in the State of the Union, is underfunded by $82.3 million, affecting 63,751 Wisconsin students.
Some people who argue against social programs might support Bush’s $45 billion cut from Medicaid ($644 million in Wisconsin), which is nationally enough to provide health care to 1.8 million children. However, diseases are contagious; in light of the flu vaccine shortage this year, all Americans would benefit from greater healthcare coverage for all people. Children especially tend to spread disease in schools and then bring the germs home to their families. Those same people who are wealthy and carry a significant share of the tax burden are probably the same people who own companies and lose productivity when their workers stay home sick or stay home to take care of their children.
Last, several more cuts also affect rich and poor, old and young alike. Wisconsin’s homeland security budget was cut by $19.8 million. Our COPS program, which put 1,353 officers on Wisconsin streets, was cut by 96 percent. Even our clean water programs in Wisconsin were cut by $10.4 million.
Bush touted this budget as a “lean” budget that was in line with our priorities. While the first part of that statement may not be true – Bush’s irresponsible budget is a record $427 in the red – I guess we can all see what his priorities are. With his cuts to clean water and homeland security, maybe I was wrong. This budget isn’t even compassionate to Bush’s fat cat corporate donors.



I find it funny that the Bush slogan “Compassionate Conservatism” has not been repeated since November 7, 2000 by anyone except jaded citizens who have observed compassion for the ultra-wealthy and large corporations and conservatism that has hurt the rest of us. The Bush 2006 Budget is nothing more than a continuation of his policies, helping corporate fat cats at the expense of all Americans.
In [your state] alone, people from all walks of life will be hurt by the Bush budget. The #### veterans living in [your state](under the 2006 budget) would be subject to doubled co-payments for prescription drugs and a $250 "user fee" for the VA healthcare system. No Child Left Behind is underfunded by $#### in [your state], leaving behind #### of our children. Pell Grants, which Bush promised to fund in the State of the Union, is underfunded by $####, affecting #### [your state] students. [Your state]’s homeland security budget was cut by $####. Our COPS program, which put #### officers on [your state] streets, was cut by ## percent. Even our clean water programs were cut by $####.
Bush touted this as a “lean” budget that was in line with his priorities. While the first part of that statement is not true – Bush’s irresponsible budget is a record $427 in the red – I guess we can all see what his priorities are. By making our country less safe and our environment dirtier, Bush proves me wrong: this budget isn’t even compassionate to Bush’s rich donors.
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