Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

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Robin Hood in reverse

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank scorches the GOP budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan last week. Mr. Ryan would cut $770 billion from health programs for the poor, $205 billion from Medicare, another $1.6 trillion from other health care and $1.9 trillion from a grab bag that includes food stamps, welfare, federal employee pensions and support for farmers.

Mr. Milbank writes: "Taken together, Ryan would cut spending on such programs by $5.3 trillion, much of which currently goes to the have-nots. He would then give that money to America's haves: some $4.3 trillion in tax cuts. ...

"Ryan warned that a generous safety net 'lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency, which drains them of their very will and incentive to make the most of their lives. It's demeaning.'

"How very kind: To protect poor Americans from being demeaned, Ryan is cutting their anti-poverty programs and using the proceeds to give the wealthiest Americans a six-figure tax cut."

Islam is flourishing

Amitai Etzione of George Washington University notes on his blog this item from The Economist:

"Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, Islam in America has flourished. The number of mosques has nearly doubled over the past decade, rising from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2011, according to a new report from a multifaith coalition."

Mr. Etzione: "Seems there is less hostility to American Muslims than is often cited."

Romney etched for good

Andrew Sullivan at The Dish: "It really is staggering to me that the almost certain Republican nominee has run a campaign so full of cringe-inducing, gob-smacking, eye-ball popping gaffes that he should have been consigned to the Perry folder by now -- and yet still manages to stagger forward. The Etch-A-Sketch analogy from his closest and most senior aide is, however, the most devastating so far. …

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