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5 Looming Budget Cuts We Can Blame on Congress

5 Looming Budget Cuts We Can Blame on Congress
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Sequestration is a mouthful of a word, but — if you’re a student, teacher or parent — it is one we’ll be talking a lot about soon unless Congress acts fast.

The massive automatic budget cuts, the result of a political deal between Republicans and Democrats to raise the federal debt ceiling, are scheduled to go into effect starting January 2.†The cuts were intended as a carrot to get Congress to compromise on deficit reduction but no compromise has been reached. Enacted into law under the Budget Control Act last year, sequestration is looming over us as part of the “fiscal cliff.”

$1.2 trillion in cuts must be made over the next decade starting with†$109 billion in†overall cuts come the start of 2013. The White House Office of Management and Budget released a394 page report with precise details last week while emphasizing that the Obama administration is not behind the “deeply destructive” cuts, which it was obliged by law to publish.

Here are five ways that sequestration will affect us.

Funding For Public Schools Could Be Cut to 2003 Levels

Everyone wrings their hands over the state of America’s schools. But sequestration will turn back the clock for U.S. students to 2003, as it would decrease eduction funding to the levels of a decade ago.

That’s a real problem because, in the past ten years, U.S. schools added 5.4 million students at a time when tax cuts for the wealthy have reduced school district’s budgets, says Dennis Van Roekel, President of the†National Education Association (NEA) in†Education Week. U.S. public schools could lose a total of $4.8 billion, an analysis by the NEA reveals.

Funding For Students with Disabilities Could Be Cut to 2001 Levels

Kids with disabilities like†my son are covered under the federal†Individuals with Education Act (IDEA) but, under sequestration, more than a billion dollars could be lost from federal funding for special education.†The reduced funding would mean that school districts would have to rely on state and local governments to provide students with the appropriate services mandated under IDEA.

Since 2006, costs for special education have risen 25 percent, according to the NEA’s analysis (pdf). Sequestration would turn back the clock, with funding reduced to near-2001 levels.

College Students Face Higher Fees For Certain Loans

Fees for unsubsidized Stafford student loans will rise by 7.6 percent to about 1.1 percent of a total loan. PLUS-loan and unsubsidized-loan fees would rise slightly, from about 4 percent to about 4.3 percent of a total loan. These are small differences but, as I know from a recent conversation with a very stressed-out student (whose sibling just started college and who has a brother who will soon), any increase in college fees has the potential to create financial havoc.

Fortunately, Pell Grants for students from lower-income backgrounds would not be affected.

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9:45AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Why don't you blame the Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed years of inability to put together a budget for the President to sign. They had no problem ram rodding programs from 2008 to 2010 whan people woke up and stopped the lunacy. The lack of leadership of President Obama was abvious when he could not even get his Democratic Congress to do their job. nstead the raised a ceiling and borrowed money so that they could continue their irrational spending.

12:56AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012


11:23PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

How can anyone defend this guy anymore?
If Americans continue to support a president such as this then we deserve what the future holds for destruction as the USA .

IF you find this hard to believe, research it for yourself, any way you choose.

Three links at bottom of page.

What in Gods name is wrong with this IDIOT & his administration?


Obama Donates 7 Alaska Islands to Putin for Zero Dollars

This is what our beloved president Obama has done in 2012 for America so far this year. This was just sent to me, and got very little press to keep it unknown from the American public. Please read the following to see what is happening. Why is he getting away with all of this?

Is there a "REST OF THE STORY"?

This article on Feb. 16, 2012 appears in very few places. Apparently, the regular "professional reporters" consider Obama giving away islands belonging to Alaska and part of the United States as no big deal. Obama is giving these islands to Russia for free, no cost, $zero money or any other consideration. Guess what? The state legislature in Alaska (still one of our 50 states) voted several times in opposition to THE GIVEAWAY! The islands have billions of barrels of OIL and Obama could let oil companies lease parts of the islands and start drilling for MORE OIL!! Should you suspect Obama was trying to sneak this by...? Why??

11:22PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Previous administrations have shown that austerity does not work during a recession. Yet, the Republican dominated Congress took the nation hostage last year over the debt ceiling crisis and now it is time to pay the piper! It was a matter of brinkmanship politics orchestrated by the Republicans, but now the Republicans have to pay their bill and they don't like the bill so they are whining!

If there was a fair tax code that did not treat some as priviledged, if the wealthy paid a fair share of taxes on their income whatever the source, some of this, perhaps even most of it would not be necessary.

And to put things in perspective for the so called evangelical Christians of the fanatical right, remember the story of the poor woman who gave 2 copper coins at the temple. From Wikipedia:
"The value of a gift to God, is determined by the nature of the intention of giving rather than what the gift can actually accomplish. Hence, the poor widow is counted as having given a great gift, having kept nothing for herself, while those who give out of their abundance but keep plenty for themselves are counted by God as having given very little. While the passage may or may not be an encouragement to live in poverty, it is certainly an encouragement to give generously."

Get out the vote!!!!!

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

11:21PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Well the choice is ours. Do we want the type of America the Republicans are trying to shove down or throats? NO? Good then vote and vote for every Democrat you can find...the choices are clear.

11:20PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

What you fail to mention in your response was that the dangers of the Keystone pipeline were enormous, with a huge environmental risk. It would have been pumping tar sands, NOT OIL, across the country, under extremely high pressure, through some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the country, with insufficient safety precautions. Had it been only pumping oil, it would have been a different matter. The proponents could not show sufficient safety precautions to justify the risks.

11:13PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Has anybody hear about this article??
The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq is distancing itself from the U.S. And everyone recognizes that Iran, whose crude supplies are critical to the European economy, will do anything it can to frustrate America’s strategic interests. In the face of all of this, Obama insists on cutting back U.S. oil potential with outrageous restrictions.

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

10:55PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

@ Andrea P: Bravo! I would send you a handful of stars if I could!

8:50PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Interesting, I always thought of sequestration as
the "Stick" that nobody wanted as opposed to
being the "Carrot."

7:27PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012


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