Monday, June 6, 2011

GOP Cuts To Supplemental Nutrition Equal One Week Of Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy

The Republicans have their priorities and their constituents, and they sure aren’t disadvantaged women and children. Think Progress reports that the House Republicans are seeking to slash the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC):

House Republicans, as part of their 2012 budget, have proposed dramatic cuts to food assistance programs, including cuts to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that would prevent hundreds of thousands of eligible women and their children from accessing the program. Late last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved more than $830 million in cuts to WIC and millions more in cuts to the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

...Economists have estimated that every dollar invested in WIC “saves between $1.77 and $3.13 in health care costs in the first 60 days after an infant’s birth by reducing the instance of low-birth-weight babies and improving child immunization rates.”

Melissa Boteach and Sean Hanlon of the Center for American Progress state that the cost of cutting WIC equals one week’s worth of Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires:

The deal struck last December to extend the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush gave the average millionaire a tax break of $139,199 for 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center, or nearly $2,700 per week. Given that about 321,000 households reported incomes of more than $1 million in the most recent year for which there are data from the Internal Revenue Service, that means the Bush tax cuts provide millionaires with about $860 million in tax breaks every week—more than enough to stave off the $833 million in proposed cuts to WIC.

Indeed, the Republicans are the "values" party.

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