Putting aside the damage this might do to vulnerable citizens, this is exceptionally poor politics:
President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government’s energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal.
It’s the biggest domestic spending cut disclosed so far, and one that will likely generate the most heat from the president’s traditional political allies. Such complaints might satisfy the White House, which has a vested interest in convincing Americans that it is serious about budget discipline.
I’m not sure what a Democratic administration thinks they are accomplishing cutting the poor off at the knees a few months after extending tax cuts for the uber-rich. But then again, I’m just some potty mouth with a blog.