GOPís Misguided Budget Priorities That Put Corporate Profits Over Kids, College and Cures

March 16th, 2011

New TV Ad Pulls the Curtain on the GOP’s Misguided Budget Priorities That Put Corporate Profits Over Kids, College and Cures


Republican Budget Plan Plays Games With Our Children’s Education and Our Health With Deep Cuts to Head Start, PellGrants and Cancer Research…But Protects Billions of Dollars in Needless Subsidies for Big Oil and Tax Breaks Rewarding Companies that Outsource Jobs



**Click Here to View “Republican Budget Values”**


Washington, DC– As negotiations on a federalbudget continue in Congress, Americans United for Change is releasing a new TV ad that portrays Congressional Republicans’ misguided priorities as a game show – one in which big corporations win big, and America’s children lose.   The ad, “Republican Budget Values,” airs this week nationally on CNN and on DC cable news stations.  View the ad here:


In the dead of night on February 19th, House Republicans voted to keep spending billions on subsidies for big oil, tax loopholes that reward companies for shipping jobs overseas and protecting corporations who hide their profits made in America in offshore accounts, choosing instead to demand deep cuts to Head Start, Pell Grants and funding for cancer treatment research.


SEE Center for American Progress report ‘Programs At Risk vs. Tax Cuts for the Wealthy


SEE CBPP report: ‘House Bill Means Fewer Children in Head Start, Less Help for Students to Attend College, Less Job Training


“There is a right way and a wrong way to get our country’s fiscal house in order and Republicans have chosen the wrong path: corporate welfare over the well being of Americans and our children’s education,”said Americans United for Change executive director Tom McMahon.  “Republicans want to play ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?’ with corporate CEOs by leaving in place tax breaks that reward companies that ship U.S. jobs overseas and billions of dollars in needless subsidies for the oil and gas industry. At the same time, Republicans want to play ‘Press Your Luck’ with our children, our schools, and our health by gutting vital funding for education, college loans and scientific research to cure diseases.   If Republicans in Congress listened to anyone other than Corporate lobbyists they’d realize their constituents are overwhelmingly saying “No Deal” to their mixed-up budget priorities.”





“Republican Budget Values”

Ad Back-Up

Americans United For Change

TV  (:30)





The game show where Republicans choose what goes in and what comes out of America’s budget. 

Behind Door Number One: Head Start, College Loans and Cancer Research

CG: Republican Budget Values Game Show!


HR 1, the Republican plan to fund the government for 2011, would cut more than 200,000 kids from Head Start, $5.7 million in cuts to Pell Grants which could make it “difficult if not impossible for millions of students to attend college,” and slashes the National Institutes of Health budget by $1.6 billion. [Center for Law and Social Policy, 2/17/11; The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/13/11;  Triangle Business Journal, 2/23/11; Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic, 2/14/11]

ANNCR:Behind Door Number 2: Subsidies for Big Oil, Offshoring and Outsourcing



Republicans could have chosen to end subsidies for oil companies, end tax breaks for U.S. companies that offshore operations, and stop using taxpayer dollars to support companies that outsource as a way to rein in the deficit. In fact, the House Republicans voted twice against ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. [“Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts,” American Progress, 2/22/11; HJRes44, Vote #153, 3/1/11;, 3/1/11; HR 1, Vote #109, 2/18/11; House Committee on Natural Resources press release, 2/18/11; The State Column, 1/26/11]


ANNCR:So what will the Republicans protect, and what will they cut?  

Republicans Say:




Call The Republicans... tell them we’re on to their game.  Don’t put corporations over kids.


CG: What Will The GOP Protect?


Kids, College, Cures


Oil, Offshoring, Outsourcing


GOP Says:




Tell the Republicans: Don’t Put Corporations before Kids


Paid for by Americans United for Change


Join us at

Instead of choosing other options, in the dead of night in February, House Republicans passed HR 1. Virtually all the Republicans in the Senate supported this bill. [HR 1, House Vote #147, 2/19/11; HR 1, Senate Vote #36, 2/9/11]