Tuesday, February 8, 2005

BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS. The following is from Sojourners; I heartily agree with and recommend reckoning with its challenges. I have registered my concerns with my Congressional representatives:

"Yesterday, President Bush released his administration's proposed 2006 federal budget. The $2.6 trillion budget projects a record $427 billion budget deficit, not including funding for Iraq and Afghanistan. It includes increases in military spending while at the same time proposes major cuts to domestic programs that benefit people living in poverty.

Some of the proposed changes:
  • Making permanent the tax cuts of 2001 - 70% of which benefited the wealthiest 20% of U.S. citizens
  • The elimination of block grants that aid poor communities
  • Making it more difficult for working poor families with children to be on Medicaid
  • A $355 million cut to programs that promote safe and drug-free schools
  • Cuts to housing and urban development programs
  • The elimination of 48 educational programs
Budgets are moral documents. This administration's proposed budget reflects a set of priorities that stand in clear opposition to biblical values. Paying attention to the poorest among us is arguably the most central biblical imperative - not increased spending on nuclear warheads and tax cuts for the rich.

When considering a document as important as this one, it is imperative that our leaders consider its impact on people living in poverty. Urge your members of Congress to consider this budget's effect on the poor."

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