I had already heard on Air America that Bush's latest budget proposed eliminating the vestigial $255 "death benefit" from Social Security(one commentator noted the irony of cutting this while at the same time wanting to make the elimination of the Inheritance Tax (which the GOP incorrectly call the "Death Tax" - a levy that soley effects the estates of multimillionaires). Well today I see that is not the only cut he has planned for Social Security, he also plans to eliminate survivor benefits for teenagers that drop out of school.
Long-time readers of this journal might be aware that we have close friends who lost the father/husband in their family about two years ago. Such a loss has long-term emotional effects on kids, emotional effects that may contribute to problems in school. The thirteen-year-old daughter in this family is currently having some academic problems, and I don't know if she will be able to stay in school through graduation. So this change could have a direct effect on them.
I also find it yet another ironic proposal from the President that brought us "No Child Left Behind" because it seems directly targetted to leave behind some of the most vulnerable children in our society.