Senator Tom Harkin has a no-duh moment when he identifies who will "suffer" from federal budget "cuts" needed to pay for Katrina and Rita aid.

“As usual, the prime targets are the poor and others who rely on federal programs for their health, education, disability, agriculture, and veterans’ benefits,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the senior Democrat on the Agriculture Committee.

It shouldn't be a mystery that people who live their lives dependent on public aid will be the ones most affected when that aid is redirected -- and note that spending is redirected and not cut. If you don't want to be dependent on the whims of politics for comfort, provide for yourself. The poor here aren't "targets" any more than the rich are the "targets" of tax cuts -- when taxes are cut, only those who pay taxes will be directly affected, and these days paying taxes is basically the definition of "rich".



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