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RSCs vision

Ornstein at AEI is unhappy with the Republican Study Committee’s vision for the nation.

On Fiscal Policy, Congress Is in a Dream World
But even here, the kudos have to be diluted once one examines other offsets the RSC recommends in its 23-page report. It includes these smashingly great ideas for public policy:
* Eliminate the National Science Foundationís math and science education program. Over the years, the nationís biggest advantage in global competition is our edge in scientific excellence and technological innovation. We already are seeing that edge erode. Cutting science education is like eating oneís seed corn. At current levels of funding, Newt Gingrich has called our basic research and science education commitment ďinsane.Ē What would cutting even further be? Criminally insane?
* Eliminate federal grants for wastewater infrastructure; reduce funds for waste disposal grants. We have serious water problems across the nation. The Louisiana catastrophe may leave many parts of the state without potable water for extended periods, making those regions effectively uninhabitable. Hello?
* Reduce funds for the Centers for Disease Control. Now this is an interesting idea to pursue just days after President Bush addressed the United Nations about the menacing danger of avian flu. That huge potential disaster, along with the threats of biological and biochemical attacks from terrorists, make up a critical share of the risks that could kill millions of Americans. The CDC is our front line to help track their advance, ameliorate their impact and find vaccines to prevent their spread. Yes, itís a great time to make cuts!
I could go on and on. The offsets include eliminating family planning funding for teens (does the RSC want more unwanted pregnancies and abortions?); slashing funding for parks, fish and wildlife preservation and Forest Service maintenance; slashing funding for energy conservation, etc. Oh yes, and many of the cuts are for health care for the poor.


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