What are hurricanes good for?
September 21, 2005
Here's the House Republican plan to offset the costs of Katrina:
At the top of a partial list of the potential cuts being circulated on Tuesday were previously suggested ideas like delaying the start of the new Medicare prescription drug coverage for one year to save $31 billion and eliminating $25 billion in projects from the newly enacted transportation measure.
The list also proposed eliminating the Moon-Mars initiative that NASA announced on Monday, for $44 billion in savings; ending support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $4 billion; cutting taxpayer payments for the national political conventions and the presidential election campaign fund, $600 million; and charging federal employees for parking, $1.54 billion. [LINK]While the plan is named "Operation Offset" in true GOP chickenhawk-style, it looks a lot more like "Operation Pet Peeve" -- aka any goddamn reason I can find to get rid of PBS.