Bush's Latest Revenue Scheme
by Scott Shields, Thu Mar 02, 2006 at 11:36:47 AM EST
I've been harping quite a bit lately on the rapidly emerging evidence that the Bush administration has recognized that their tax cut and borrow economic policies are failing the nation. Rather than rolling back or even delaying some of the more obvious tax cuts, the administration has decided to dig for change in the nation's seat cushions, with proposals like charging northeastern states more money to use the Amtrak right-of-ways they're already paying for and reducing the allowable deduction for donating clothes to charity.
The latest effort may be my favorite though, as it neatly ties in with Bush's loyalty to corporate interests and pitiful environmental policies. Rather than funding education through federal tax revenue, the Bush administration is seeking to sell off national forests to fund rural schools.
Forest Service officials and Western lawmakers battled Tuesday over an administration proposal that would sell national forest lands to help pay for a rural schools program, as the vital 30-day public comment period began. ...
President Bush's 2007 budget proposed to fund payments over five years to counties under the Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act by selling off up to $800 million worth of National Forest System lands.
It's a great narrative to talk about the selling of America, showing how Republicans have been selling out Congress to the highest bidder. But this goes even further, literally selling off precious American resources to make up revenue lost due to egregious tax cuts for the wealthy. Simply put, monied interests have bullied weak Republicans into holding a fire sale on the public commons. Some Western Republicans may be complaining about this proposal, but it's the end product of the corrupt system they've helped to nurture for years and years. What did they expect?