By J.J. Jackson
Every time a fiscal conservative, someone with their head screwed on straight and living in reality, even so much as tries to cut back even the rate of growth at which money is given to government programs, liberals, those lacking even two active brain cells to rub together while simultaneously living in a fantasy world, rush to the microphone screeching about how much said conservative hates those which this money would go towards helping. Again, this is just when the rate of growth is threatened. When actual cuts are proposed then it is whoa Nelly! The conservative proposing an actual cut then becomes the second coming of Hitler himself. Yes, even though Hitler was a socialist liberal, I know. Do not try and convince a liberal of this however. They are simply just too brain-dead to understand it.
So the question I have to ask is this, where are the howls of seething hate from those on the left painting Obama as a fascist, Nazi-like being, seething with hate now that his 2012 fiscal year budget proposal is out? Because within that budget there is a lot of cutting going on despite the overall budget was, as former President Ronald Reagan once quipped of the deficit, big enough to take care of itself.
Let’s look at what President Obama wants to cut shall we?
Federal employee retirement and disability payments are slated to be cut by $4.25 billion. This is the difference from the $127.066 billion set aside for this line item in 2011 to the $122.816 billion earmarked in 2012. Why does President Obama hate retired federal employees so much? Doesn’t he care about the families they must feed?
Health research and training is set to get knocked back $113 million from fiscal year 2011. Huh? Doesn’t President Obama care about healing sick people?
And talking about sick people who also happen to be poor, President Obama is proposing to radically cut $14 billion from Health care services handled under Welfare. Oh President Obama! When did you turn so anti-poor!
President Obama’s hate indeed runs deep with his 2012 budget. Not only is he looking to take his furry out on the poor, but our children are in the crosshairs too! Like the true hate monger that he is, the President has slashed the federal budget for elementary, secondary and vocational education by $28.282 billion. That is over 36%! Oh sure he is giving spending on higher education a boost of $21.5 billion, but how will our children ever be able to get into college without the investment in their basic educational needs by the all caring federal government during their formative years?
The downtrodden do not escape further hate directed at them from President Obama either! Unemployment compensation is cut by nearly $38.5 billion. Housing assistance programs are gutted of nearly $8.5 billion. And further, “income security” programs are disemboweled of almost $18 billion!
President Obama also apparently wants our streets to be taken over by gangs and thugs! His budget calls for nearly a billion less dollars for police services, nearly $1.5 billion less to fund our courts and just about $1.7 billion for assistance to our criminal justice system.
Does President Obama hate farmers? Oh, you bet he does! His budget for the 2012 fiscal year cuts farm income stabilization programs by $6.117 billion. That is over 30%.
How about dirty air and water? President Obama is for both of those too apparently. Because he plans to cut almost three quarters of a billion dollars (6.6%) from pollution abatement programs.
How about housing development? Oh my God! President Obama is cutting funds to these programs by 96% (just over $34 billion).
Now, if President Obama were, let's say, President George W. Bush, and it was the former President who was proposing these sorts of things, you would be hearing an unending parade of complaints from sun up to sun down calling the ex-president every name that you can think of. But not the messiah. Oh no. Not the chosen one; not President Obama. There is nary a peep from liberals about these proposed cuts by one of their own.
And you know what? I agree with these cuts! At least as a starting point anyway. We need a lot more though.
But what I do not agree with is President Obama still planning on spending about $1.5 trillion to more than we are likely to bring in this year in revenues despite all these reductions. Like I said last week, President Obama is unserious about handling our deficit. And while he is cutting some programs, our budget remains well too fat, dumb and happy.
Source for FY 2012 budget data: usgovernmentspending.com
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.