Pushing 300K Children Off Lunch Program To Protect Military Spending Is Trimming The Fat


Written by Ben Armbruster

Yesterday, House Republicans moved legislation forward aimed at preventing any reductions in military spending, even if that means cutting much needed programs for the nation’s poorest. The House Armed Services Committee’s bill provides $554 billion for the Pentagon — $29 billion more than DOD had requested — while the GOP-led Budget Committee packaged six bills that would “slice $261 billion from food stamps, Medicaid, social services and other programs for struggling Americans.”

Last night on Fox News, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed that the Republicans were just trimming the fat from the budget and getting rid of wasteful spending:

VAN SUSTEREN: But these cuts — I mean, these cuts — I mean, some of the cuts, I mean, just — you know, there are — there’s money sitting in our government. There’s some fat that we can.. some of these cuts. I mean — the fat is incredible!

MCCARTHY: Then you would support what we’re doing. That’s we’re doing committee by committee!

Watch the clip:

So what do McCarthy and the GOP consider budget fat? The New York Times today offered some details:

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would push 1.8 million people off food stamps and could cost 280,000 children their school lunch subsidies and 300,000 children their health insurance coverage through the federal and state Children’s Health Insurance Program. Elimination of the social services block grant to state and local governments would hit child abuse prevention programs, Meals on Wheels and child care.

A further 23 million would be affected by the repeal of the Social Services Block Grant, which helps fund child care and disability assistance to low-income Americans.

In fact, eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would more than provide the savings the Republicans are seeking, twice over.

But not only are House Republicans protecting “largely useless” weapons systems and programs by cutting needed social services, their motivation stems from trying to prevent military spending cuts of nearly $500 billion over ten years because of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration trigger. Luckily for the GOP, the Center for American Progress has found more than $500 billion in Pentagon cuts — i.e. the real budget fat — that could be implemented over the next decade while still maintaining our vast military superiority.

While GOP plan has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate, the AP noted yesterday that it is “likely just a sample of what’s in store next year from Republicans if Mitt Romney wins the White House and the GOP takes back the Senate.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman3 years ago

Yes, I am still amazed...truly...then again...everything's gonna be all right cause there are more people who care, then those that don't. For them, I give thanks.

Marvin Gaye, Save the Children

"Save The Children"

I just want to ask a question
Who really cares?
To save a world in despair
There'll come a time, when the world won't be singin'
Flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin'
Who really cares?
Who's willing to try to save a world
That's destined to die
When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow
Little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow
Oh what a shame, such a bad way to live
All who is to blame, we can't stop livin'
Live, live for life
But let live everybody
Live life for the children
Oh, for the children
You see, let's save the children
Let's save all the children
Save the babies, save the babies
If you wanna love, you got to save the babies
All of the children
But who really cares
Who's willing to try
Yes, to save a world
Yea, save our sweet world
Save a world that is destined to die
Oh, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Oh, oh dig it everybody

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

Sorry to dissagree with so many of you. There are plenty of kids getting free meals that their parents can afford to pay for. All they have to do is cut cable TV, get a reasonable car, they don't need a cadilac or Mersades or BMW. They just want to appear rich but live off us taxpayers. They live in homes that are in bad need of repair, but have to drive a big car! I know people with kids who are short of money and they pack a nutritous lunch for them, they don't freeload off the taxpayers. I know some people are really in need of help but most l using the free br eakfast and lunch program can afford to fed their kids. They just want to suck the system dry. I know people on dissability that are in better shape than me or my daughter (who has been turned down twice). I wish they would get out there and watch these people. Then make them pay every penny back or put lthem in jail. The system sucks.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 7 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

"The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which pilots are refusing to fly because of oxygen starvation, costs $412 million per plane. They cost over $44,000 per flying hour to operate"

That's ridiculous. Our country is wasteful, no doubt about that...

But, how much does AF-1 cost to operate per hour? How much does it cost our sympathetic Kenyan benefactor to jet around from golf game to golf game, or for his daughter to go on Spring Break, or for his wife to shop in Spain? Just curious...

Heather Marvin
Heather Marvin5 years ago

A Government that takes food and other necessities from the poor, hungry, children and others in need and gives its money to the army is a very hard Government. "If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your light will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:10-11

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

REpugs do not want to feed the children their anti choice policies create.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik5 years ago

So, Sandy E - I guess you understand how money works, then???? I think that is a NO, since you are always complaining about how your taxpayer money is being spent. Guess it is OK with you that we keep sending men & women to die for our country - but don't take care of them when they come home? OK that they don't have good medical care? That many of them are on the streets, homeless with PTSD? OK that the military can fund a plane that none of the services even want? OK that children starve, are sick with no care, or that the elderly have no food? Just as long as the military is funded????
Well, I would rather my taxes go to provide education, food, clothing & medical care for kids. I don't give a damn that the Military can't have 1 more plane they don't need. I am voting for Obama ...guess our votes cancel out each other, huh?

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik5 years ago

So in a country where 1.6 million children are homeless & i on 5 are food deprived, they cut food stamps, children's lunch programs & Children's health services? They can cut funds for Meals on Wheels which serves Seniors already not being able to eat?

This is unbelievable. They want the children born, not aborted. They want women to have no access to birth control. They defund places where poor women can get well women check ups. But it is OK with them if these children & the women die of preventable conditions & starve to death??? Most of them claim to believe in God & call themselves Christian...I keep waiting for God to strike them dead for their profanity of his message.... Are you there God???? Well, I guess he isn't taking any calls from the poor people who are praying to him - only the rich ones. Funny, how those same Christians decide that God believes just like they do.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

The war mongering Republicans never met a country that they did not want to invade or a war that they wanted to end. Even if it means poor children in our country go hungry. It is disguting.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

Forget "Let them eat cake!" The GOPTP's motto seems to be "Let them eat crumbs!"

Their priorities are a prime example of the SNAFUBAR principle.