States slash, feds pork it up

The administration just asked for $75 billion for just one month of war. States are in crisis: Oregon hacked a month off its school year, turned thousands of felons out onto the streets, and cut off lifesaving medication to heart patients and schizophrenics; California state officials are seriously considering shuttering universities; Illinois and Massachusetts schools have laid off teachers. The House budget resolution cuts, over the next nine years, over $100 billion for healthcare for poor Americans, nearly $20 billion in food aid for poor Americans, and even $14 billion from veterans’ benefits. And yet the Senate might approve George W. Bush’s budget resolution tomorrow, slashing the average millionaire’s taxes by $100,000 a year while doing nothing (nothing! I would get