Monday, February 21, 2011

Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face or the 'Logic' Behind H.R. 1

Last week, in my Dallas Morning News column, I outlined how proposed cuts in Congress' proposed continuing resolution would have on housing for low income citizens. House Resolution 1 (H.R. 1), would be disastrous enough if that was the only draconian measure to the efforts to address our country's fiscal problems.

But the mandate for jobs, which not only require employers to begin hiring, but also a trained workforce, will not only take a hit...it would apparently totally eliminate funding for retraining dislocated workers and as well as those dependent upon skills training to get jobs somewhere other than behind the counter at McDonald's or Jack-in-the Box. 

This release went out last week...


"This week the House is considering H.R. 1, its Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution.  This legislation provides for the elimination of all funding, over $3.6 billion, for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in Program Year 2011 and a $175 million rescission of prior year funds.  Beginning in July 1 of this year, these cuts would zero out all new funding for state and local programs under WIA --programs that provide vital services for the nation’s unemployed, the under-employed, and for America’s businesses as they try to rebound from the recession. Simply put, this total elimination of funding for WIA would result in the end of the nation’s employment and training system during one of the worst economic downturns in American history."  

"WIA program participation rates have gone up 234% nationally in the past two years -- despite the fact that funding for core WIA formula programs is virtually the same as it was in 2008."

This proposal is built on faulty careless assumptions, that don't only lead to illogical conclusions, the have near catastrophic immediate consequences

At some point don't we have to recognize the totally unreasonable these solutions are? 

In order to rebuild the economy, we must cut education spending, cut job training, cut supports for the low-income and elderly, cut access to health care for those who can least afford it AND give tax cuts to those who have no track record of utilizing tax cuts for 10 years to provide jobs to stimulate the economy?! And, after we have enacted all of these cuts, the poor and low income, the untrained, the elderly, the homeless, the hungry, the incarcerated, the sick and the poorly educated and the inadequately educated will provide the foundation for a new and revived economy?

Seriously?

It's the equivalent of a family deciding that, in order to save money on gas, we will all quit our jobs and drop out of school. 

Remarkable.

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