JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
A run down of the costs of Mr. Kerry's already stated promises.... at least so far...
Unless of course he changes his mind..!? nah, he wouldn't do that would he?
Campaign Proposals: Estimate, $1,910,859,050,000
Near-Universal Health Care Coverage, $895 Billion
Mandatory Funding For Veterans Health Care, $211 Billion
Allow Medicaid To Pay For More Alternative Care Outside Of Nursing Homes, $200 Billion
Real Deal For Education, $200 Billion
Temporarily Increase Number Of Active-Duty Troops By 40,000, $80 Billion
Fully Fund Head Start, $58 Billion
Aid To States, $50 Billion
National Service Plan, $35 Billion
Allow Full Concurrent Receipt To Disabled Veterans, $24.844 Billion
Increase Spending For Homeland Security, $20 Billion
Create An Energy Trust, $20 Billion
Extend Unemployment Benefits, $17.538 Billion
Increase Federal Pell Grant Funding, $16 Billion
Spend $15 Billion More Than President Bush By 2008 For International AIDS Programs
Increase Funding For Child Development Block Grant, $11 Billion
Give Funding To Auto Industry For Energy-Efficient Vehicles, $10 Billion
Build High-Speed Rail, $7.9 Billion
Fund Urban Park And Recreation Recovery Program, $7.25 Billion
* Increase NASA Research Funding, $5.654 Billion
* Increase Department Of Energy Research Funding, $4.446 Billion
* Expand Job Training, Education, And Service Programs, $3.85 Billion
Double Funding For GEAR UP, $2.98 Billion
* Increase Funding For Research On Microbicides And Other Technologies Women Can Use To Reduce Risk Of HIV Infection, $2.2125 Billion
* Increase National Science Foundation Research Funding, $2.126 Billion
** Restore And Double Funding For Manufacturing Extension Partnership, $1.83 Billion
Extend Amount Of Time Military Families Can Stay In Housing After Family Member Killed-In-Action, Make Family Separation Allowance Permanent, Increase Death Gratuity, $1.5 Billion
* Increase Funding For Indian Health Service, $1.4835 Billion
Increase Funding For Superfund, $1.38 Billion
* Increase Funding For Drug Treatment Programs, $1.319 Billion
Ensure Conservation Reserve Program Has Adequate Funding, $774 Million
Pass The American Dream Act, $726 Million
* Provide New Funding For Faith-Based Charities, $550 Million
* Expand Funding For TRIO Program, $416.5 Million
Expand Family And Medical Leave Act, $400 Million
Restore Benefits To Legal Immigrants, $350 Million
Extend Hate Crimes Legislation, $110 Million
Provide Adequate Funding For Endangered Species Act, $64.7 Million
Increase To $10 Million Funding For Project ACTION, $70 Million
Enact Employment Non-Discrimination Act, $22 Million
Pass Native American Small Business Development Act, Creating Office Of Small Business Affairs And New Grant Program At SBA, $20 Million
Increase Minimum Wage, $16 Million
Ensure Equal Pay For Women, $12 Million
* Increase Funding For Tribal Colleges, $11.9 Million
* Increase Funding For Tribal Courts, $2.95 Million
(* Estimate Based On A Five Percent Increase From President's FY 2005 Request.)
(** Estimate Based On Highest Revenue Amount Achieved - FY 2003 Funding.)
John Kerry's Tax Plan
Tax Plan: $658 Billion Over 10 Years!
Raising taxes on the top income bracket: $477 billion over 10 years.
Returning the Death tax: $135 billion over 10 years.
Closing corporate loopholes: $46 billion over 10 years.
Spending Promised but Costs Unknown:
Reverse Department Of Labor Inclusion Of Military Training In Criteria For Employees Who May Be Exempted From Overtime Pay: COST UNKNOWN.
Allow Military Families Penalty-Free Withdrawals From IRAs For Expenses Associated With Deployment: COST UNKNOWN.
Reimburse Families Forced To Pay For Body Armor: COST UNKNOWN.
Protect Funding For Impact Aid, Funding For Department Of Defense Schools: COST UNKNOWN.
Make Permanent Extension Of TRICARE To Unemployed Or Uninsured Reservists: COST UNKNOWN.
Accelerate Construction Of New Military Housing By Offering Incentives To Developers: COST UNKNOWN.
Implement Standards Found In Military's Child Care System To Improve Workforce Quality: COST UNKNOWN.
Train Health Professionals, School Administrators And Parents About Preventing Obesity: COST UNKNOWN.
Provide After-School Tax Credits To Help Parents Afford After-School Programs: COST UNKNOWN.
Compact With America's Seniors: COST UNKNOWN.
Support Caregivers Who Pay For Bulk Of Long-Term Care: COST UNKNOWN.
Give "I Have A Dream" Scholarships: COST UNKNOWN.
Expedite Naturalization Process For Legal Permanent Residents Serving In Armed Forces: COST UNKNOWN.
Offer Low- And No- Interest Loans To Facilitate Bus Companies' Purchase New Handicapped- Accessible Busses: COST UNKNOWN.
Encourage DOT-Funded Startup Grantees To Exceed ADA Obligations: COST UNKNOWN.
Create White House Director Of Family Economic Security Office: COST UNKNOWN.
Provide Dislocated Workers With Up To $4,000 In Job Training: COST UNKNOWN.
Eliminate Capital Gains Tax On Investments In Technology Companies: COST UNKNOWN.
Expand Earned Income Tax Credit: COST UNKNOWN.
Tax Credits For Rural Deployment Of Broadband Technologies: COST UNKNOWN.
Allow Small Businesses To Defer Up To $250,000 In Taxes: COST UNKNOWN.
Expand Loans For Small Businesses: COST UNKNOWN.
Increase Venture Capital Investments: COST UNKNOWN.
Create A SBA Office Of Manufacturing: COST UNKNOWN.
Fully Fund Land And Water Conservation Fund: COST UNKNOWN.
Create A Toxics Task Force At EPA: COST UNKNOWN.
Insist The EPA And USDA Work Together With States To Enforce Environmental Protection Laws: COST UNKNOWN.
Remove Cap On Section 8 Vouchers Entirely And Expand Cap In Interim: COST UNKNOWN.
Establish An Affordable Housing Trust Fund: COST UNKNOWN.
Provide Demonstration Project Funding To Non-Profit Organizations To Help Increase Stock Of Universal Design Housing: COST UNKNOWN.
Provide A $10,000 Tax Deduction For Teachers, Principals, And Paraprofessionals In Low Performing And Underserved Schools: COST UNKNOWN.
Ban Corporate Packer Ownership Of Livestock: COST UNKNOWN.
Restructuring The Environmental Quality Incentive Program To Ensure It Benefits Family Farmers: COST UNKNOWN.
Protect Independent Farmers From Discriminatory Pricing: COST UNKNOWN.
Increase Funding For Roads And Infrastructure In Indian Country: COST UNKNOWN.
Build, Safe Affordable Housing In Indian Country: COST UNKNOWN.
Repair Existing And Build New Schools For American Indian Children: COST UNKNOWN.
Expand Efforts To Train Foreign Health Care Personnel: COST UNKNOWN.
Create A National Health Tracking System For Chronic Diseases And Environmental Hazards: COST UNKNOWN.
Create A Greater Federal Role In Equitably Financing Long-Term Services: COST UNKNOWN.
Enhance Coverage For Employed Medicare Beneficiaries With Disabilities: COST UNKNOWN.
Modernize Medicare Benefits To Include Inpatient And Community Rehabilitation Services, Community Transition Services, Mental Health Parity, Durable Medical Equipment, And Skilled Home Health Service: COST UNKNOWN.
Rsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
Jeff.......I invite you to share with us the cost of 4 more years of Bush just to balance out what you are trying to say........those are just numbers to me, the only difference is the way they are spent.
NonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1168 times:
Awesome, here's some questions for you, Jeff. (Don't worry, I've already answered for you, since you've displayed you cant think for yourself, you just rehash the same GOP one liners.)
And you got your information where? (Oh what a shock, a GOP website that tells you what you want to hear. There goes all credibility.)
And he's gonna get all this passed right? (No.)
And this differs from the cost of Bush's proposals how? (It doesn't, he has his, and Kerry has his own. No matter how you look at it, toss it, flip it, or color it, a triangle is a triangle.)
And by posting this you're actually admitting Kerry has a platform and a stand on issues, right? (There goes one of the rights main points of attack right there.)
I have a lot of respect for you as a photographer, and I'd love to shoot with you next time I'm in DEN. (We'll keep the conversations away from politics ) But all you do is chant ad nauseum the same crap over and over. Anything the right says, you grab that ball and run with it. Kerry is a flip flopper, blah blah blah. If the GOP wanted to portray Kerry as a Viking, you'd be on here making jokes about his new shiny helmut with horns.
For once I'd love to see a right winger argue a point without using the word "liberal" in a negative context, the phrase "liberal media", or blaming Clinton.
N6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1143 times:
As a lukewarm supporter of GWB (he's better than Kerry, but that's about it), I am very hesitant to cast stones across the aisle on matters of fiscal discipline. The GOP controlled Congress and President have shown absolutely no ability to reign in discretionary spending in the last four years.
Rush Limbaugh made an excellent point yesterday that 10 years after the GOP retook Congress (after 40 years of Democratic control) they passed the first new entitlement program (the Medicare prescription drug benefit) in 40 years.
The drug benefit alone is looking like it's going to cost between $400 and $600 BILLION.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
"Beats what that @#$% Bush is doing now, cutting back on every AIDS prevention program in the world. Those programs depend heavily on US funding, so they are forced to stop fighting AIDS."
I disagree. Why should the U.S. foot the bill for all of this? The money we spend is like throwing it away. Hell, how freakin' smart do you have to be to put on a condom? To not use dirty needles? To quit butt fuc*in' your boy friend, or the crack whores?
You can't force those people Wietse...they have to learn and want to stop the spread...
Dan-air From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 614 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
JeffM: the AIDS spending Bush proposed was for African nations, where it is by far the most prevalent. He announced we'd be spending $15 billion on AIDS prevention in Africa, he and the republican congress naturally haven't followed through. Same old story with Dubya - do the photo-op, then can the program. He's done it numerous times.
In anycase, the african AIDS problem is proliferated through heterosexual contact. And for you to suggest the use of birth-control - well Bush and the religilously-insane right don't like that idea either!
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
You can't force those people Wietse...they have to learn and want to stop the spread...
True, but can you say that for the people in Sudan, the slums of South Africa? I agree that Americans and Europeans have to be smart enough with all the sex education that is around here.
My problem however is this: I had the strong belief that the current administration stopped the support for these programs out of religious beliefs. Much like the Vatican banning condoms. That is where I have a problem with the current administration. Banning gay marriages, banning abortion. In todays world, a free world, these things should be an option for everyone.
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
As said, it wouldnt be a problem for me if it was a budget problem which caused bush to stop funding those programs. But with the motive I believe to be the reason for it, it is like committing mass murder. I am sure that we cant agree with that? Fine if he wishes not to use birthcontrol or have the option for an abortion, just do not force your beliefs onto other people is all I am saying...
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
We don't have to force our money on them either. I don't really care what the reason is. With or without our funding, the "murder" as you put it is being commited by the offenders, not by the U.S. throwing it's money at them.
Wietse, How much money has your country spent? Actually spent?
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1069 times:
I didnt refer to stopping AIDS funding by Bush as murder, but in general, banning condoms.
And a funny thing: I compared the national budgets of our 2 countries the other day. This is the difference:
NL: 134 Billion dollars, that is our TOTAL budget.
USA: I lost count, but somewhere in the region of 2500 billion (to put it in perspective) dollars. I wouldnt know how much we spend here for foreign aid or humanitarian programs like that. I am not saying you guys need to fund it all, but if you can spend 600 billion dollars on your defense, how about 15 for an attempt to control a terrible decease?
btw, me calling bush a #@#$@ (or whatever) was not appropiate, could've created a wrong atmosphere.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 37 Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
While I support President Bush, I have to call into question the sources of these numbers. It sounds like party rhetoric - nothing more. I have no doubt that Sen. Kerry's platform, whatever it may eventually become, will be costly and "place the 'burden' on the 'filthy rich' (like his own wife), but I seriously doubt there have been actual numbers assigned to his campaign promises
NonRevKing, he never said this was Kerry's platform, just the costs associated with those things he has made "campaign promises" on and we all know what happens with campaign promises...
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(