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The Connection between
Tax cuts & Service cuts

        Republicans are constantly singing the praises of "tax cuts", as though there there was no price to be paid for these free lunches. The following is a clear illustration of the fact that when taxes are cut on some people, somebody else has to pay for those tax cuts. PRECIPITATING DISASTERS: A TIMELINE
by David Sirota, (In These Times, Oct. 24, 2005)
reformatted for this web page by Ray Dubuque
Real life
American Problems:
"Solutions" by Bush &
Republican Congress
  27 Feb., 2001: President Bush proposes a $641 billion cut to the Army Corps of Engineers, including a proposal to provide only half of what administration officials said was necessary to sustain the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Project.
9-13 Apr., 2001: At the National Hurricane Conference, Bush FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh tells emergency officials that a major hurricane hitting New Orleans is among the three most likely disasters facing America.
26 Apr., 2001: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO.) writes an op-ed saying that "lives very likely will be lost" if budget cuts to flood infrastructure projects move forward.
7 June, 2001: Bush signs his massive $1.3 trillion income tax cut into law. and
20 June, 2001 : The Times-Picayune reports that "despite warnings that it could slow emergency response to future flood and hurricane,victims, House Republicans stripped $389 million in disaster relief money from the budget."
26-27 Feb., 2002 : President Bush's Army Corps of Engineers Chief Mike Parker (a former very conservative Congressman) testifies before House and Senate committees that 'there will be a negative Impact' if the White House's cuts to infrastructure projects are accepted by Congress. 4 Feb., 2002 : President Bush proposes a $390 million cut to the Army Corps. The cuts come during the same year the richest 5 percent (those who make an average of $300,000 or more) are slated to receive $24 billion in tax cuts. and
7 March, 2002 : Mike Parker is fired.
  9 March, 2002 : President Bush signs a $43 billion package of business tax breaks, reducing total corporate tax collections by 21 percent.
26 Sept., 2002 :Tropical Storm Isidore pushes waters to within inches of topping aging levees protecting New Orleans.  
9 Oct., 2002 : Politicians and emergency planners from ten Louisiana parishes press the Army Corps of Engineers for emergency funding for critical levee improvements. 7 Jan., 2003 : President Bush outlines a new $600 billion tax cut proposal centered around a plan to eliminate taxes on stock dividends. and
3 Feb., 2003 : President Bush proposes another half billion cut to the Army Corps of Engineers, including slicing about two-thirds of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Project's budget.
30 May, 2003 : The Times-Picayune-reports that Bush administration officials announced "they don't have enough cash to pay for major drainage and hurricane protection projects under way in at least five local parishes" in the New Orleans area. 28 May, 2003 : President Bush signs his tax cut into law. Though the overall package has been pared back, the dividend tax break alone costs $125 billion.
  20 Jan., 2004 : In his State of the Union address, President Bush announces a plan to make his previous tax cuts permanent. The plan would cost more than $1 trillion.
  2 Feb., 2004 : President Bush proposes a $460 million cut to the Army Corps of Engineers, The Army Corps says it needs $27 million to upgrade hurricane protection around Lake Pontchartrain, but Bush proposes just $3.9 million for the project.
8 June, 2004 : The Times-Picayune reports that "for the first time in 37 years, federal budget cuts have all but stopped major work on the New.Orieans area's east bank hurricane levees. 17 June, 2004 : The U.S. House of Representatives passes a $155 billion White House-backed bill to cut corprorate taxes.
Sept., 2004 : Huricane Ivan almost hits New Orleans. Knight Ridder News reports that Ivan was a very real reminder that "a direct hit by a very powerful hurricane could swamp [the region's] levees and leave as much as 20 feet of chemical-laden, snake-infested water" in its wake. 22 Oct., 2004 : President Bush signs the new corporate tax cut into law.
  7 Feb., 2005 : President Bush proposes a $708 million cut to the Army Corps of Engineers, including reducing federal funding for hurricane and flood prevention in New Orleans by $71.2 million
  13 Apr., 2005 : The US. House of Representatives passes a $70 billion, White House-backed measure to eliminate the estate tax that falls on the wealthiest 2% percent of Americans,
29 Aug., 2005 : Hurricane Katrina comes ashore. New Orleans' flood and hurricane protection infrastructure collapses. The city floods, killing an untold number of residents and causing billions in damage. 1 Sept., 2005 : President Bush tells ABC News reporter Diane Sawyer that he refuses to reevaluate his budget and tax cut agenda. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan tells reporters, "Flood control has been a priority of this administration from day one."
  14 Sept., 2005 : Even though reconstruction after Katrina will cost tens of billions of dollars, and even though the nation's infrastructure still remains dangerously vulnerable, Republicans tell reporters they will press forward with more tax cuts."
  16 Sept., 2005 : In a White House press conference; President Bush pushes more spending cuts and then says that in the wake of huge reconstruction costs on the Gulf Coast, "we should not raise taxes."
  21 Sept., 2005 : Despite calls from Democrats and even some moderate Republicans for Congress to consider repealing some of Bush's tax cuts, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (D Texas) rejects any debate on the subject. Additionally, the Washington Post reports that DeLay is now pushing new tax cuts."

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