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Bush is coming to Chicago tomorrow to talk about his new economic stimulus plan which includes -- surprise! -- more tax breaks for rich people. Criticizing this plan is, of course, class warfare.

"There is no question that the left will try to drag out the pagan god of class warfare and say this is just a sop to the president's rich friends," Mitchell said. "The purpose of making these changes is to get more investment into the economy and create more jobs. That's what really matters."

Also expected to be part of the so-called President's economic plan is a $300 million cut in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That's nearly 20% of the LIHEAP budget. Which means a whole bunch of seniors and poor people and lower-income families with kids will not be able to afford to heat their homes, what with the skyrocketing energy costs and all.

Some studies have shown that next to non-payment of rent, non-payment of utilities is the leading cause of homelessness.

Absence of utilities in a house is cause in many states for children being moved to foster care. In the United States, families are the fastest growing homeless group.

There also are direct connections between energy assistance and other basic necessities of life. Salvation Army caseworkers report that many elderly people reduce medication levels in order to pay energy bills. Other caseworkers have reported some families saying: "We can't afford food. Rent and utilities must come first."

This, however, is not class warfare. Got that? There will be a test.

Replies: 5 Confessions

Oh, come on, Amy. Don't you think a tax cut on sweet, sweet dividends is going to put a little money in your pocket? Because - cha-ching! - I'm just waiting for it to roll on in.

Shylo @ 01/06/2003 08:28 AM CST

So am I committing class warfare if I have a bumper sticker that says "Kill the rich"?

elavil @ 01/06/2003 12:05 PM CST

Of course not!

amyc @ 01/06/2003 12:45 PM CST

Is it class warefare if I actually kill the rich?

Phineas @ 01/06/2003 04:39 PM CST

I think it is wrong to kill meat you do not intend to eat. Won't you?

elavil @ 01/06/2003 07:02 PM CST

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