The Budget ~ BrianInNYC

For those who still question exactly what President Obama means by change all one has to do is scan President Obama’s budget for the fiscal year 2010 to see exactly what changes are coming.  Finally we have a president who is submitting an honest budget to Congress.  The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are both included in this budget as are projections to cover the cost of disaster relief and further economic stimulus.

But for me the most excited thing of this budget is that it clearly is a device of sweeping social change.  As the president promised on Tuesday night increases in spending for health, energy, and education are all features of this budget, this budget is not just a plan for spending,  but truly an investment in our country’s future.  Without question there will be a loud cry of outrage from the right over the numbers in this budget, but my question is this, is it really the numbers they object to or it the sweeping social changes that could brought about by this budget that they object to?

Bellow is a list of some items from the budget that have caught my eye:

  • Provides over $20 billion in loans and grants to support and expand rural development activities, including small   businesses, renewable energy, and telecommunications.
  • Expands opportunities for students to go to college and graduate by expanding student aid, shifting resources from banks and middlemen toward students, creating new incentives for colleges to focus on student completion, and expanding access to low-cost Federal student loans.
  • Begins to build a new economy that is powered by clean and secure energy through funding provided in the 2010 Budget and the $39 billion provided for energy programs in the American
    Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Provides significant increases in funding for basic research and world-leading scientific user facilities to support transformational discoveries and accelerate solutions to our Nation’s most
    pressing problems – including the development of clean energy.
  • Supports economic investment and positions the United States as the world leader in climate change technology.
  • Accelerates the transition to a low-carbon economy through increased support of the development and deployment of clean energy technologies such as solar, biomass, geothermal, wind, and
    low-carbon emission coal power.
  • Builds on the $11 billion provided in the Recovery Act for smart grid technologies, transmission system expansion and upgrades, and other investments to modernize and enhance the electric
    transmission infrastructure to improve energy efficiency and reliability.
  • Invests over $6 billion for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health as part of the Administration’s multi-year commitment to double cancer research funding.
  • Strengthens the Indian health system with sustained investments in health care services for American Indians and Alaska Natives to address persistent health disparities and foster healthy Indian communities.
  • Invests over $1 billion for Food and Drug Administration food safety efforts to increase and
    improve inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity and domestic response to prevent and control foodborne illness.
  • Reinvigorates Federal Civil Rights Enforcement.
  • Addresses Federal detention and incarceration programs and ensures that returning Federal prisoners have the support needed to successfully reintegrate into communities.
  • Increases funding for public transit to support commuters, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Supports development of high speed rail networks across the country to link regional population
    centers
  • Increases funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $25 billion above baseline over the next five years.
  • Dramatically increases funding for veterans health care.
  • Expands eligibility for veterans health care to over 500,000 veterans by 2013.
  • Enhances outreach and services related to mental health care and cognitive injuries, including
    post-traumatic.
  • Provides $10.5 billion in total for the Environmental Protection Agency, a 34-percent increase over the 2009 likely enacted level.
  • Provides $3.9 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, an unprecedented Federal commitment to water infrastructure investment in the United States.
  • Provides $475 million for a new Environmental Protection Agency-led, interagency Great Lakes restoration initiative, which will target the most significant problems in the region, including invasive aquatic species, non-point source pollution, and contaminated sediment.

Well for me those are the highlights, I urge you all to go look for youself, the budget is online in a manner that makes it very easy to scan through, I hope you’ll all post what in the budget catches your eye.

Budget of the United States Government
Fiscal Year 2010

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  1. U.S. Is Said to Agree to Raise Stake in Citigroup

    The Treasury Department reached a deal late Thursday to take a stake of 30 to 40 percent in Citigroup as part of a third bailout of the embattled bank, according to people close to the deal.

    Vikram S. Pandit, the chief executive, will remain at the helm, but Citigroup will have to shake up its board so that it has a majority of independent directors, a move that federal regulators had already been pursuing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/business/27deal.html?_r=1&hp

  2. dnd

    Interest post Brian. Gonna be fascinating to see what Congress does with it.

  3. dog's eye view

    channeling the Bush White House, looking at today’s photo:

    All those people dressed casually, spending all that MONEY!

    Most unusual though: Obama is obviously calling on someone; there’s discussion underway. Did we ever see any visuals like that from the previous administration?

    Good illustration, Brian.

  4. I think the president is saying “come on, we can spend more, I want to spend this much”.

    🙂

  5. dnd

    Sad day in Colorado today. The Rocky Mountain News’ last day:

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/

  6. When one of these idiots comments on TV “we don’t want European socialism” I wish one of the talking heads would ask “what is it about the European system bothers you so much?.

    Yes dnd, very sad indeed.

  7. BevnTempe

    It is amazing to me how much the repugs object to spending government money when they’re the ones who ran up the deficit in the first place. John Boner (yes, that’s his new name), Mitch McK, Eric C, Mike Steele and all the guests on pundit shows are wonderful examples of how they have no leadership and are trying desperately to hold onto their seats in Congress. They are taking a very big political risk by being the party of NO! I am so hoping they fail.

  8. dog's eye view

    There is something seriously whacked about our society when GOP governors are grandstanding about turning down federal $$$ to support unemployment benefits, and your newspaper’s website frontpage includes news like this:

    Redskins Land Haynesworth
    Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora report:

    The Redskins and free agent defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth reached agreement on a deal early this morning that is expected to be announced late this afternoon at Redskins Park. The 27-year-old Haynesworth, the top prize in this season’s free agent class, agreed to a deal worth approxiately $100 million over seven years.

    ======

    Very few people are going to be complaining about paying $100 mill to a 20-something athlete, but any amount to aid someone else with government dollars — verboten!

  9. dog's eye view

    Bev: I think most people (not on cable news or opining in major newspapers) realize who got us into this mess. Although those who want to give the statesmen you mentioned at 10:08 a pass usually say “it’s the system; it’s everybody; Bush/_____ name your politician did not do this alone.”

    I hope Obama does a lot of primetime speeches to explain why his budget appears so different from those immediately previous: the scope of our economic downturn and services needed; including two wars in budget accounting; rebuilding our infrastructure (hardscape and civic); doing right by our military veterans and those serving in harm’s way, etc.

    Caught a little of Joe and Mika today and laughed out loud at some inanities by Mika and by Mitt Romney.

    They don’t get it, but I think the public does.

    Obama and his surrogates have to speak directly to people over the airwaves and over the noise machine.

  10. dnd

    “When one of these idiots comments on TV “we don’t want European socialism” I wish one of the talking heads would ask “what is it about the European system bothers you so much?.”

    That’s when I change the channel 😉

    Seriously, there is no true socialism in Europe anymore.

  11. Mayor Who Sent Obama Watermelon Email Quits

    Grose said he didn’t mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/27/mayor-who-sent-obama-wate_n_170492.html

    Yeah and I own a bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, anyone want to buy it?

  12. Speaking of socialism:

    Cornyn Preaches Moderation, Then DeMint Calls Obama “World’s Best Salesman Of Socialism”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/27/cornyn-preaches-moderatio_n_170490.html

  13. dnd

    DeMint is a salesman of fascism.

  14. chefsheila

    Good morning all,

    I was working out this morning. The ladies who work out at 6am are all rich old women who have rarely worked a day in their lives. They were all talking the usual crap about this jerk “Obama” and that jerk “Clinton” so I waited until it was quiet and said,

    Yah, I can’t believe how much debt we acrued between 1999 and 2008…..Its too amazing and scary for words! Then another who I didn’t know was basically with me said, “Yes and wasn’t it that stupid war that has spent all the money? What about the Stock Market? “The greed of all those bankers!”

    Its was really quiet after that.

  15. chefsheila

    Great post Brian. I’m going to be sitting down and reading this one well. I’m still not sure what is happening with the Budget, so maybe this will help me see a bit better.

    In the meantime, did you hear about all the protests on socialism that the Repugs are supposed to be doing today?

  16. You referring to the faux tea parties Sheila? Yeah I heard, and I’m not impressed. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against taxation without representation, not about well we lost the election so now we’re going to throw a hissy fit.!

  17. Broad blueprint a risk Obama is willing to take
    Budget underscores breadth of his aspiration to transform the country

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29424049/

  18. dnd

    “Its was really quiet after that.”

    Shelia, LOL!!

  19. dnd

    Funny how the gerrymandered Republicans have now all gotten religion on deficit spending Here’s the economic poop: deficit spending when times are bad is good; deficit spending when times are good is bad.

  20. Frankly I find this whole “deficit” mantra just a holdover from the Reagan era.

  21. chefsheila

    Yes, dnd I finally got a good workout without all the stress of some really hateful spewing every morning.

    You know….like I said, Obama does well in four years, every one of them will have voted for Obama.

    Reagan will be someone they just knew…

  22. chefsheila

    Brian, I think most of US regular people see it was totally hypocritical and dishonest of them.

    JOE THE PLUMBER as a Guest Speaker? HA HAHA!!!!

    So sad

  23. dnd

    Ok, before I get off my soapbox, every president uses times of crisis to mobilize people. Some are critical of Obama for doing that, but Bush used 9/11 to launch his vengeful war on Saddam Hussein. Obama is using this financial crisis to get us energy independent from the bastards that were responsible for 9/11 and health care so American business can compete with other industrialized countries. Everybody is free to opine about which is better for our country. I’m guessing it will be the latter…

    Ok, off the soapbox 😉

  24. chefsheila

    NOTE#### I REALLY WANT TO SEE ALL THOSE ARMY TYPES STAND UP AND CHEER OBAMA…..

    I really want to see that so bad

  25. The entire issue of deficits isn’t even on the poll radar.

  26. chefsheila

    NO it isn’t. All I keep hearing here is this person and that person who can’t make a living because of all that is going on.

    THe care industry for the rich, like nails and botox is taking a hit because most of their real income was coming from average people down here who wanted to feel rich or keep up with the plastic look down herel.

  27. The repugs haven’t accepted that the era of Reagan is over, they’ve been now shouting the same gibberish for 20 years, and they are unable to find a new message for the new time.

  28. Nannymm

    Good morning, everyone.

    Excellent post, Brian. I am still wading through the budget but like what I see so far. The honest accounting alone is cause for praise. I especially like the emphasis on healthcare, research, and education. And the tax increases on the rich are long over due.

    dnd, stay on that soapbox; you’re on a roll! 😉

    Sheila, you tell those old biddies! Consider it a public service. I do. 😆

  29. Nannymm

    As I said to a friend yesterday, they ought to just did up Reagan’s bones, prop them on a stick and run with it in 2012.
    The repug morons would vote for him.

  30. Great Post Brian,
    Interesting to see what’s really in the budget compared to what they moan about on Cable. I will look through the link later.

    The thing that amazing me, in the common sense arena, is that America has been falling behind other countries on so many levels, and most people are aware of this, but when it comes time to pony -up they complain.

    Can’t they see that without investments the USA will continue to decline?
    ____
    Shelia,
    I would have loved to been there….good going!

  31. I suspect Nancy had him heavily embalmed so she can curl up next to him when her time comes! But the lifeless corpse of Reagan would be a big improvement over the GOP’s current leadership. The GOP’s problem to my way of thinking is not their message, but the fact they don’t have a viable leader who can craft a message that resonates with the American people, except for the haters of course.

  32. Anti-Obama Author Still Questioning Obama’s Citizenship

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/26/anti-obama-author-still-q_n_170312.html

    Another example of the quality of the speakers at CPAC.

  33. dog's eye view

    Obama takes on overturning the Bush era “conscience” rule for healthcare providers (aka imposing their own views upon those they are obligated to serve).

    WaPost: “The Obama administration has begun the process of rescinding sweeping new federal protections that were granted in December to health-care workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

    The Office of Management and Budget announced this morning that it was reviewing a proposal to lift the controversial “conscience” regulation, the first step toward reversing the policy. Once the OMB has reviewed the proposal it will published in Federal Register for a 30-day public comment period.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/27/AR2009022701104.html?hpid=topnews

  34. I have to leave shortly, I hope the prez comes on soon, I’m eager to see how he’s received by a military audience.

  35. chefsheila

    I was thinking the same way.

    Sp far its tepid and polite..

  36. BevnTempe

    Ronnie and Nancy curled up together in the after life – freaky image!!

  37. dnd

    Ok, Nannymm, back on my soapbox. Those who have their knickers in a twist about Obama letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire don’t know history.

    From
    http://www.treas.gov/education/fact-sheets/taxes/ustax.shtml

    “By 1913, 36 States had ratified the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. In October, Congress passed a new income tax law with rates beginning at 1 percent and rising to 7 percent for taxpayers with income in excess of $500,000.”

    $500,000 in 1913 is approximately, based on CPI, $10,366,244 today. One can argue the moral obligation of the those of means to pay. One can argue the ability of those of means to pay vs. those of lesser means. But what one cannot argue is that for those of means, contributing to society demonstrability benefits them directly.

  38. dog's eye view

    Reading the WaPost article: Obama admin building a bridge to those who have genuine concerns and conscientious objections, even when it rescinds or amends the “conscience” clause.

    “We support a tightly written conscience clause. We recognize and understand that some providers have objections about abortion, and we want to make sure that current law protects them,” the [unnamed HHS] official said. “We want to be thoughtful about this.”

    Bush legislation was too broadly framed: could interfere with family planning and end of life issues, even, arguably, some blood transfusions.

  39. 18 months, not 19. press got that wrong.

  40. Well I thought that went pretty well.

  41. dnd

    Better pay.
    New GI Bill
    Sempre Fi!

  42. And a firm commitment to ending the war!

  43. dog's eye view

    Loved how he assured the Marines and all service members that he would not needlessly put them in harm’s way. Welcome relief from his predecessor.

    Some military action is necessary, unavoidable, and just.

  44. dnd

    Obama called W. earlier as a courtesy to let him know about the plan. If you want to stress diplomacy, you have to walk the walk, and Obama’s walkin’ the walk.

  45. Nannymm

    I loved that he stated that we went to war to remove Saddam and stayed to help the Iraqis. Finally, someone speaks the truth. No mention of terrorism or 9/11. Brought a smile to my face!

  46. Well Brooklyn beckons, later peeps.

  47. dnd

    “Conservative evangelical icon James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs-based media ministry he founded 32 years ago.”

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11800732

    There is a God!

  48. dnd

    In the you-just-can’t-make-this-up department:

    “A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.”

    http://cbs4denver.com/local/good.samaritan.ticketed.2.944493.html

  49. dnd

    “DUBLIN – Is a bathroom an optional extra when you’re at 30,000 feet? Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary seems to think so — and says his no-frills airline might charge customers to use its aircrafts’ toilets.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090227/ap_on_bi_ge/eu_ireland_ryanair_pay_toilets

    This is not a good idea. I’ve been to many an Irish pub, and trust me, this is a crowd that would rather pee in their drink cup than pay for the toilet. You really don’t want that 😉

  50. dog's eye view

    Pres Obama interviewed by Jim Lehrer on The News Hour tonight; speaking of goals in Afghanistan and region.

  51. dog's eye view

    LOL re Ryanair. Maybe American tourists will be spotting their Irish fellow travelers for the loo.

  52. RE: Ryanair
    Maybe it’s an opportunity for “Depends” to gain market share, directing their ad campaigns towards the frequent fliers.
    🙂

  53. lol….hey tell me what you know of Bed-Stuy? That’s where my little girl is teaching two days a week….she said it’s known as “live or die”…sweet huh?

  54. I had no idea Ed McMahon was 85….

  55. I really don’t know Bed-Stuy and if it weren’t for the fact I have a couple of clients in Brooklyn I would never go there. I’m sure she’ll be fine, NY is a pretty safe city after all, really.

  56. Yeah I know it’s really pretty safe. She’s says the shop owners all know her know as she walks by…she’s pretty street smart for a suburbanite….she laughs at me when I visit…..she says I have that “look” like an easy mark.

    I keep trying for the harden NYC look….I wont give up…..it’s a cool look anyway…

  57. Just don’t walk slow and people will assume you’re a new yawker

  58. She’s beautiful and smart as a whip….what’s not to love?

  59. Up In Arms: Michelle Obama’s Sleeveless Style Sparks Controversy (POLL, PHOTOS)

    Social Secretary Desiree Rogers defended the decision, telling the Washington Post that Mrs. Obama’s feeling is “If I want to wear no sleeves to hear my husband speak, that’s what I’m going to do.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/27/michelle-obamas-sleeveles_n_170629.html

  60. Oh, I don’t walk slow…I learned that long ago……I saw a new yawker shove a woman into a building because she was walking like an idiot….lol

  61. I’ve been known to say rather sternly “move” to people walking to slow, hey you’re not in Kansas anymore!

  62. dnd

    I’m just getting around to reading the David Leonardt piece in the NYT Brian linked to earlier today. I recommend it to all.

    https://clistersbackchannel.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/the-budget-brianinnyc/#comment-19398

  63. dnd

    Hey dog,
    Thanks for the heads up on Obama on the McNeil/Lehrer Report (old coot that I am, I still call it that).

  64. dnd

    Sra Burrito,
    Brian’s right. Walk fast. Don’t make eye contact. And whatever you do, don’t look up at buildings! It’s debatable if muttering to yourself keeps people away 😉

  65. I had a mutterer talking trash to last time….we had to switch cars on the subway….lol……my fault I acknowledge them. big mistake….lol

    I CAN learn…lol

  66. dnd as silly as it may sound, the presidents budget has me downright giddy!

  67. dog's eye view

    In reviewing the current economic decline, the New York Times uses the D word.

    “The fortunes of the American economy have grown so alarming and the pace of the decline so swift that economists are now straining to describe where events are headed, dusting off a word that has not been invoked since the 1940s: depression.”

    They point out, cheeringly, that conditions are not as bad as the twin 1980 recessions YET, although on track to be worse. However, no one is talking a Great Depression. (Uh, yet….)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/business/economy/28recession.html?hp

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