Bush's Marshall Plan for Afghanistan gets a whopping 0 dollars.
Posted 17 February 2003 - 05:59 PM
The Taleban have moved to washinton.
When the attorney general spent $8,000 for a blue curtain to cover a bare-breasted sculpture at the Justice Department, that was silly. Seems the anointed one, John Ashcroft, didn't like giving press conferences in front of naked statues. But how much creepier is it to see a painting by Pablo Picasso that has been at the entrance to the UN Security Council for years draped by a similar blue-pencil curtain? Picasso's "Guernica" depicts women and children crying and running as bombs drop from the sky. It seems someone at the United Nations was worried Colin Powell or another top U.S. official would arrive to pitch a war, and find themselves filmed in front of a powerful statement of the horrors of such a war. Or perhaps the White House didn't want less-****sure Security Council members walking past a reminder of war's hell. That would be consistent with the censorship on national television, the squelching of anti-war poets, the muzzling of top minds at the CIA and the FBI who aren't convinced of a link between Saddam Hussein and terrorist groups, the president's distortion of the findings of UN weapons inspectors, etc. Whatever one thinks of the case for war with Iraq, one has to be appalled at the way the opposing arguments have been cast into Orwell's Memory Hole.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 09:32 PM
Thats high tech. Maybe even GM
Posted 19 February 2003 - 05:21 PM
From the ABC NewsNote.
The Washington Post 's Weisman reports, "President Bush will sign legislation this week setting a 2003 budget that raises federal spending by 7.8 percent over last year, capping a remarkable two years in which the federal budget increased by 22 percent."
"Although Bush has made controlling spending a recurring theme in recent months, the $791.5 billion spending bill for 2003 that he plans to approve by Thursday night will be one for the record books."
Bush's 2004 Budget Proposes More Fees
Users to Pay More if Hill Accepts Plan
By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 19, 2003; Page A27
If President Bush has his way, some veterans soon will pay more for health care, meatpackers will have to fork over more for government inspections, and visitors could encounter recreation fees at more national parks and forests.
It is all part of a White House plan to increase revenue by billions of dollars next fiscal year through new and higher user fees. Such charges -- generated by services the government provides and the businesses it regulates -- would pull in $176.3 billion under Bush's 2004 budget, an increase of $5.9 billion from this year's estimated receipts.
Posted 20 February 2003 - 03:51 PM
According to Bush administration budget figures, the sum total of all US foreign aid programs in Afghanistan will be $650 million.
And that doesn't include aid from other countries.
You can find out more about US aid to Afghanistan here.
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