If the cuts reported by Marc Ambinder manifest, it will put Barack Obama’s unwillingness to fight against tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in true perspective. It will also reveal just how far the Democratic Party has fallen away from F.D.R.

But this is what happens when conservative Democrats get the reins and forget how people outside of the privileged survive. We learned a long time ago there is no such thing as “compassionate conservatism.” I’m not really sure how the political insiders in both parties feel about leaving the poor in the lurch during a brutal winter, but I’m pretty sure all of these preening Christians have a moral obligation to do better.

Consider this one of “the mysteries we cannot comprehend,” to quote Pres. Obama at the prayer breakfast last week. How wealthy, elite politicians like Obama can live with themselves when enacting policies and budget cuts that can hurt people.

From Ambinder:

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. […]

On Wednesday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., declared: “The President’s reported proposal to drastically slash LIHEAP funds by more than half would have a severe impact on many of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens and I strongly oppose it.” A spokesman for Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., declared similarly: “If these cuts are real, it would be a very disappointing development for millions of families still struggling through a harsh winter.”

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, would see funding drop by about $2.5 billion from an authorized 2009 total of $5.1 billion. The proposed cut will not touch the program’s emergency reserve fund, about $590 million, which can be used during particularly harsh cold snaps or extended heat spells, three officials told National Journal.

Let’s see how the Obama administration scrambles to fix this… or not. The word salads could be epic.