Congress lets the ax fall
volume 34
issue 2
April 2013

Months of drama in D.C. over the national debt peaked on March 1 in “sequestration” of federal funds to scores of programs. This fancy word masks the truth — austerity. And austerity by any name still stinks.

The cuts are “across-the-board,” to military as well as social programs. But military spending is so bloated that even ex-generals call for reductions. Social needs have been under the ax for years. The new cuts will literally starve, kill, and throw people onto the streets.

Programs slashed include Head Start, food aid, low income housing, child care, AIDS drugs, Native American healthcare, and unemployment insurance. Federal job losses and furloughs will cut air traffic control, food and health inspections and pollution cleanup.

The sequester is designed to pit these desperate needs against Social Security and Medicare, setting up these earned benefit programs for huge cuts. No matter that they’re funded from separate payroll taxes and never caused the debt.

This is the twilight of capitalism. Profits can only soar by taking them out of ordinary people’s hides. The bad news will continue until working people dump their misleaders who urge faith in Obama — and inaction. We’re fighting for our lives!