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February 2, 2010

BUDGET BLIPS

The Department of Education gets $3 billion more, but nearly half of that will go to the test tyrants pushing the disreputable "race to the top" program.

The president is canceling "NASA's current space shuttle replacement- and lunar exploration-plan and is prepared to fight any congressional effort to save it, the nation's top budget official said Jan. 31." The program would replace the aging space shuttle fleet with new rockets and spacecraft for a return trip to the Moon. - Change

Obama and Rahm Emanual, who calls liberals "retards," are demonstrating their enthusiasm for the folks who elected them by cutting $6.2 million from the National Endowment for the Arts and the same amount from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Housing vouchers would be increased by $1.4 billion over the 2010 level, but aid to the elderly and disabled would be reduced.

"The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" . . . Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010. . . The administration says 79 percent of the increases in recent years are from departments related to the war on terrorism - Washington Times.

"President Barack Obama on Monday asked Congress to approve a record $708 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2011, including a 3.4 percent increase in the Pentagon's base budget and $159 billion to fund U.S. military missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. - Common Dreams

Funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump have been eliminated. What will happen to nuclear waste is not clear

Preservation is another target including a 25% reduction in the Historic Preservation Fund,


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