Friday, November 11, 2005

Poverty and the Budget Deficit

The federal budget deficit rises to $550 billion dollars and the best idea Republicans come up with is to take away school lunches from hungry children?

Lets get this straight. We are living in the richest country of the world but more than 35 million Americans live in poverty. With tax cuts for the rich, sky rocketing profit margins for big business, and obscene management compensation packages, wages continue to stagnate. According to the Catholic Bishops Conference, poverty has risen every year of the Bush government. Thanks to the Bush policies one out of eight Americans lived in poverty in 2003.

Now the poor are supposed to balance the budget?

Here is what Jesus Christ has to say about this:

And [Jesus] sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."
Mark 12:41-44

Rich folk won't starve balancing the budget. The poor are doing more than their share paying pay roll taxes. Lets roll back the tax cuts, have the rich pay their fair share of pay roll taxes, and do away with the crony contracts of the Pentagon and the deficit will have been cut in half.


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