Lesson for today: Don't be poor in this country!!! Here's the lesson I learned today. Don't be poor in this country. And while you're at it, don't be a student either. Hey, I hear they're going to eliminate estate taxes. If you want to get out of poverty, do it the old fashion way, inherit it! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051026/ap_on_go_co/senate_entitlement_cuts "A Republican-led effort to slow spending on health care programs for the poor, elderly and disabled survived a stern test in the Senate Tuesday. That chamber's Finance Committee, voting along party lines, approved legislation that would trim overall spending on Medicare and Medicaid by about $10 billion over five years. " "Separately, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., has drafted a plan to cut the food stamp program by $1.1 billion over five years. It would tighten eligibility requirements, leading to a drop of perhaps 300,000 working families from food stamp rolls. It also would make legal immigrants wait 10 years instead of five to be eligible for the program and limit benefits for able-bodied beneficiaries without children." "Meanwhile, Rep. John Boehner (news, bio, voting record), R-Ohio, proposed a change in the broader budget bill that would curb spending for student loans by about $14-15 billion over five years, mostly by cutting subsidies to lenders, but also by changing the interest rate structure for students."