Johnny wants to know what YOU think about the budget.
Well, not you really. Since you're reading (gasp) Open Salon, you're probably far too liberal for Johnny. But he'll be taking questions and suggestions on the budget on Youtube this coming Sunday anyway, so we all might as well submit a few choice remarks. (And keep it civil--I'm looknig at you, Linda, you little anarchist. ;)
The Repubs and Democrats will take up the budget this week as the Senate decides what to do about the slash-and-burn spending continuation bill just passed by Johnny's Tea Party-influenced cohorts in the House. Without another continuing resolution, to last at least until congress and the president can work out the larger mess of the overall budget, the government will shut down promptly on March 4th. That's right, no more free cheese after the 4th.
Or anything else.
So...let's all submit our suggestions to Johhny. And be sure to tell him just what you think of the House's gutting of:
*funding for food inspection
*funding of the healthcare reform bill, which the Repubs still hope to kill
*funding for anything remotely resembling abortion, including basic healthcare and incidental funding at all federally backed healthcare entities (and not just Planned Parenthood like the media is suggesting, and which is bad enough)
*funding for basically any right-minded EPA program that protects our water and environment
And at the same time, be sure to make a few suggestions of your own. My own wish-list includes:
*more money for preschool and Head Start education programs (gotta keep those pre-3 thugs off the streets or they'll start trouble)
*more money for grandma in the winter because it gets cold in some parts of the good ol' US of A, let me tell you, buster, I'm not kidding
*more JOBS program funding, and not less, Johnny boy...
How about throwing a few extra bucks the way of those heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan that Johnny and his friends like invoking so often? You know, after WWII we gave them houses. Right now they're just getting the shaft.
Well, whatever you good folks of OS decide to suggest I'm sure it'll be reasonable. More reasonable than the Tea Party's idea of a budget: two bucks for ma and pa and little tyke, and a gazillion for the already bloated defense/security industry. All to keep the rich folks safer. You know. From the people.
Here's the link to the suggestion box for Johnny's Youtube discussion. Fill 'er up!
And be sure to say hi from the kid. People tell me that some of his younger staff are following our little series here. Aw, how sweet. Don't go blind, boys and girls. And keep your Young Republican hands to yerselves...
See ya next week, Johnny!