//US Hides Costs of Aggression to Iraq

US Hides Costs of Aggression to Iraq

Washington, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The fiscal budget for 2007, which US President George W. Bush presented to the Congress Monday hides costs of the US aggression to Iraq and harms assignments for social programs, according to experts who made statements Monday.

The White House requested 70 billion dollars more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and raised the cost of conflicts up to more than 400 billion.

The process chosen by the White House, however, allows this amount of money not to be counted inside the 2007 budget, and not reflected in budget projects, said The Washington Post last week.

This way, US authorities hides by now the impact of the high cost while millions of dollars are taken out from health and education programs.

The proposal for the fiscal year 2007, which starts on October 7, 2006, reaches 2.7 billion dollars.

During his presidential mandate, Bush has been characterized for the reduction of health programs, support to poor people and education.

Instead, he raises security and military expenses, something that was criticized by conservative Republicans.

The White House plans to reduce Medicaid in 36 billion dollars in the next five years. This will affect public health services for 41 million disabled and old people.

Another 140 programs will be affected with reduction of 14 billion dollars, among them food support for single mothers and poor old people, food supply for poor countries, and others.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon will receive 439.3 billion dollars, and the White House wants to spend 5.9 billion dollars for the "US Competitiveness Initiative" announced recently by Bush, which includes so-called "brain robbery" in other nations.

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