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{ LINK: House Republicans Heroically Propose to Cut the Budget by a Teeny Tiny Bit » Sociological Images }

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{ An Open Letter to the Current Administration }

jaded16india:

[TRIGGER WARNING]

Dear President Obama, Republicans, Democrats:

You have made me cry. This takes a lot of doing, over the years I have become quit the tough chick. I have endured years of abuse at the hands of my father, a veteran of the failed Vietnam Occupation. I have endured abuse at the hands of a medical establishment that seems to forget, just because my body is not strong as your body, I am still a person. I fought for an education that I am now too sickly to use, and I fought for housing and shelter. I fought and fought and yet, you reduce me to tears.

It is not the fault of the poor in this country that the US is in debt. This is your inept leadership. Past President Bush also is guilty, but the fact is not a one of you is poor. I was born in a condemned building, at home. I was born with health issues that went ignored and untreated over money.

You fight over medical care, yet other countries have full medical coverage and their people have far less disability and sickness. This is no cure all, because disability is actually something everyone, even the richest of the rich should expect. Disability has no preference for rich, poor, already abled, slightly sickly, a brilliant mind, or a below average one. Anyone can be disabled.

You waste money, while cutting spending to programs such as Medicaid, on wars that make more disabled persons. You cut education and have carved out the marrow of the United States of America. I read tonight that further cuts are expected for SSI, Medicaid, and now the Pell Grant. Just because your spoiled little children; and they are spoiled by the right of not hungering, not being homeless, and having an education beyond the mediocre and substandard versus the average world levels schooling in this country, do not have to fear over their college education does not mean this is the truth for MOST Americans.

There are no jobs. You sent them overseas. I did not go to school until I was an adult. I am self educated. Even I know the basics of supply, demand, and economic return. You took out ECONOMIC RETURN. We buy, we spend, and the money goes to China, Russia, Japan.

You borrow more. You cut funding to housing, You do not create MORE jobs.

Stop punishing the poor because you inept elitists cannot fathom what it is to hunger. It is not OUR fault YOU made this debt. You should all resign, at once. There may be chaos but perhaps some of the down trodden will finally get a chance to lead.

Yes, I am saying that I, a disabled, autistic, undereducated person with severe brain damage could do a better job than you.

Yours,

Kateryna AE Fury

(Via Textual Fury)

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I love Kat for speaking my mind better than I could have. Go check out her awesome blog here. The whole blog comes with a massive trigger warning, but if you can, please read it. So many of these truths we just brush aside for no reason at all, and blogs like hers are exactly why we need to be more aware. 

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{ LINK: from ILoveMountains: TAKE ACTION: Don’t let Congress turn back the clock on mountaintop removal rules }

full contact info for congress members is available on this website.

NOTE: as always, if you can’t contact your congresspeople, passing this info around is still really helpful.

Two amendments to the federal budget bill could undermine all of the progress we have made to protect Appalachian mountains and streams — and we need your help to stop them. Should these amendments make it into the final budget, they would deny EPA and other agencies the funding needed to provide critical protections.

[…]

Here is more background on the amendments:

  • Amendment 109 — Would remove the EPA’s ability to evaluate mountaintop removal permits and would reverse all of the actions taken by the administration over the past two years to safeguard Appalachian streams and communities.
  • Amendment 216 — Would remove EPA’s ability to veto “dredge and fill” permits that do not meet Clean Water Act standards. The Spruce No. 1 Mine permit was the first time the EPA used this authority in relation to a mountaintop removal site.

{ LINK: "Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients." }

stuffsickpeoplehavetoputupwith:

When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all over the United States.  The cold day in hell has arrived for many patients and many caregivers who already find their budgets bursting from the costs of healthcare insurance, co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket medical expenses, and their bank accounts strained from the loss of income and unemployment that has marked recent months for millions and millions of people.

Please read this story. Welcome to America.

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{ LINK: Stand Up for NPR and PBS }

full contact info for congress members is available on this website.

NOTE: as always, if you can’t contact your congresspeople, passing this info around is still really helpful.

(also *warning* as there is an ableist slur on the page)

More than a million Americans have urged extremists in Congress to stop their reckless campaign to kill NPR, PBS and other public media.

Despite this outcry, a majority in the House are defying the will of the American people and planning to vote Thursday to slash all funding to these vital institutions.

[…]

elizabethjknows:

Michigan Movie Business: Gov. Snyder FAIL!

WTF. I’m seriously livid right now. Gov Rick Snyder needs to get his shit together, open his eyes, and start using any brain he may or may not posses. The movie industry is providing an abundance of opportunity for people in Michigan. We have worked so hard to create and build up an industry for film in this state, and now it’s about to be destroyed. This NEEDS to be stopped. What about the millions we have invested into creating movie studios in Michigan, or are we really just investing in another vacant building? You think you’d use a budget cut on something that isn’t making as much money or creating jobs and opportunity for your state.

Studies on the film industry in Michigan (source)

The study shows that the production of movies and TV shows in Michigan during 2009 and 2010 generated 6,491 full-time equivalent jobs in the state and $812 million in economic output.

Production companies spent $532 million in the state in 2009 and 2010. Of that amount, nearly 60%, or $310.5 million, impacted Michigan’s economy.

• Eighty percent of the 4,656 indirect jobs that the movie business has created in Michigan have occurred in five industries: food services, business services, rentals and repairs, personal services and retail.

• The net cost of the tax credits awarded during 2009 and 2010 totaled $137 million. Taxes and fees generated from movie activity, plus reduced unemployment benefits because the filming creates jobs, offset the state’s costs, the study says. According to the Michigan Film Office, the state has awarded $304 million in film tax credits since April 2008 and has paid out $96 million so far.

• Film productions paid Michigan residents $42.8 million in wages and salaries in 2009 and $66.9 million in 2010. That equates to an average annual salary of about $53,700 per full-time equivalent employee.

• The average film production in Michigan lasted 90 days in 2009 and 89 days in 2010.

This is just so ridiculous. I will do anything I can to make sure this doesn’t pass.

(Source: elizabethjknows, via bigbadcolored-deactivated201104)

{ LINK: Liquor&Spice: Drastic Cuts Proposed For Detroit Schools Michigan Officials Want... }

Drastic Cuts Proposed For Detroit Schools

Michigan Officials Want District To Balance Budget By Closing Schools

State education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, to immediately implement a plan that balances the district’s books by closing half its schools.

District spokesman Steve Wasko said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan has approved a debit elimination plan created by Bobb that includes closing schools, teacher and staff layoffs and increasing the number of students in a classroom to nearly 60.

[…]

Angela Goines is the mother of two DPS students.

“It puts a lot of agony in my heart because these babies are really not having a full opportunity to a fair education”

I keep hearing people talk about this and it’s not even sinking in. I don’t even know where to go to find out how to help stop this. I’m just… ugh.

(Source: blackraincloud, via dancingonembers-deactivated2011)

{ email i got from Feeding America: Urge your Senators to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs in the Budget }

general contact info for US senators is here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

NOTE 1: if you cannot do this, passing this info around is still very helpful.  thank you.

NOTE 2: i do not like the language used in this email.  it seems to imply that people who cannot get enough food are incapable of speaking for themselves.

anyway, here’s the text:

Last week, House of Representatives passed their version of the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) by a vote of 235-189. This bill is intended to fund the Federal government from March 4th through the remainder of the fiscal year. In total, this legislation contains more than $65 billion of cuts to non-security discretionary spending compared to what was enacted last year. Several hunger-relief programs which are critical to food banks and low income Americans struggling with hunger, faced serious cuts:

  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was cut by $20 million compared to the funding level enacted last year.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Infrastructure Grants was zeroed out. This program was funded for the first time last year at $6 million.

We understand that Congress must make some difficult decisions to balance the budget. However, as advocates for the hungry, we must let our leaders in Washington know that they should not balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Help us urge Congress to protect hunger-relief programs by calling your Senators right now.

Here’s how you can call your Senators:

  • Dial 877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to connect directly to your Senator’s office.
  • Tell them that you are a constituent and state the name of the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about H.R. 1 
  • Deliver this simple message:

 As an advocate for hungry Americans and a supporter of my local food bank, I urge you to oppose cuts to CSFP and other programs that are vital to food banks and low-income people at risk of hunger.

meloukhia:

abbyjean:

Hundreds of people with disabilities and their supporters rally together at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach to show their opposition to Governor Brown’s devastating 2011/2012 budget, Tuesday Feb, 22. (via Thousands at H.B. pier protest cuts to programs for disabled | The Orange County Register)

And yet, people say that people with disabilities never take to the streets to engage in political protest. 

meloukhia:

abbyjean:

Hundreds of people with disabilities and their supporters rally together at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach to show their opposition to Governor Brown’s devastating 2011/2012 budget, Tuesday Feb, 22. (via Thousands at H.B. pier protest cuts to programs for disabled | The Orange County Register)

And yet, people say that people with disabilities never take to the streets to engage in political protest. 

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{ LINK: from Consumers Union: "The Senate is debating the budget now, and we need you to weigh in with your members to make sure your priorities aren’t gutted!" }

NOTE 1: if you don’t want to participate in this campaign (like because you don’t like Consumers Union or because the email form is binarist), but can and do want to contact your Senators about this, here’s a list of contact info for US Senators.

NOTE 2: if you cannot do this at all, passing this around is still very helpful.  thank you.

NOTE 3: it’s a good thing the email form is editable because they left some important shit out of the prewritten parts (also it woulda been kinda hilarious of them to say “tell Congress YOUR priorities” and then not let you edit the form).

anyway:

Tell Congress your priorities!

Getting the deficit under control is important for our nation’s future.

But the budget battle shouldn’t be about gutting programs that you worked so hard for – health care, a financial watchdog, product and food safety, clean energy – while protecting the special interests.

The House majority’s annual budget passed last month was aimed squarely at cutting things that protect consumers, while giving a pass to the insurance companies, big banks and oil industry. The Senate is debating the budget now, and we need you to weigh in with your members to make sure your priorities aren’t gutted!