Friday, May 03, 2013

Republicans Just Don't Care

Because the Republicans refused to increase taxes on the wealthy, cuts were made to programs which help the 99%. 

Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, has people turning off lights, working in the dark, and going on furlough.


The 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson will cut 40 percent of its budget, or more than $30 million, between now and the end of the fiscal year, the base commander and officials said Thursday....

....In the midst of cuts, 13,000 Wright-Patterson civilian employees are due to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early next week with unpaid time off work beginning in mid-June, Barlow said. Less than 100 employees at the base are expected to be exempt from furloughs. (Read our complete coverage of Wright-Patterson's furlough situation.)...

Be sure to check out the picture at the DaytonDailyNews link to see the airmen in the darkened halls.

> Some of the saddest cuts have had to be made to the Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels delivers food to the elderly that are unable to physically leave their residences. The program's cuts will eliminate needed nutrition for someone's relatives. Unfortunately, not every senior citizen has family nearby to help them with meals, or other assistance.

ABC News:

...The Meals on Wheels programs across the country have been cut by on average $733,349. In North-Central Tennessee, which means about 300 people are on a waiting list to receive meals. The program in Lamar County, Texas, may have to close its doors altogether, according to Larry Tomayko, chief of staff of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. 

"Many Meals on Wheels programs are already on a shoestring budget unable to keep up with the need in their communities. This may be the straw that breaks the camel's back," Lamayko wrote in an email to ABC News Monday. "And, in the long run, our nation will surely pay for it in dollars, in terms of our economy and healthcare costs … and tragically, lives, too." 

It is just obscene that Republicans would rather protect their rich contributors than provide lighting for the Air Force, meals for the sick elderly, fund Head Start, and allow cancer patients to receive chemo close to home. Once again the Republicans demonstrate their ability to care for only the top 1%. Shame on you, Republicans.

• • • Wait! One more thing---- Eric Cantor plans to have more debate and votes on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Despite the fact the the Republicans have had almost 40 votes to repeal, they are going to waste more of their hardly working schedule to attempt a repeal. What a waste of time and money!!!!  Cantor and the Republicans should be working on raising taxes on the wealthy and creating jobs instead of taking health care away from people. See DailyKos for details.