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A Budget Perspective: What Would Jesus Cut?

Is the budget a moral document? Shouldn’t it reflect our priorities as a nation? Is your priority bankers or teachers? The wealthy or the poor and working class? The powerful or the poor. Which would Jesus choose…

I do not separate politics from my religion or my race. They all play a part in where I stand on issues. This issue is no different. While deficits and budgets can be viewed in moral terms, how you handle the budget and deficits in real terms and who is affected most by those deficit and budget fixes shines a real light on the window to the souls of lawmakers and legislators as well.

After the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made a “moral” argument about the deficit to some Christian Conservatives this past weekend, Jim Wallis of Sojourners put this full page ad in Politico. And his point hit home for me.

Mr Boehner cannot call the deficits and budgets a moral issue only when it feeds the Christian conservative mantra of less government. He also must be held accountable for how he institutes the budget fixes as it relates to he and his party’s morals as well. Are tax breaks for the wealthy and voting to continue big-oil subsidies that are funded by tax payers part of your moral argument Mr Boehner!? Just as you cut the jobs, wages and services of regular working class Americans… As Mr Boehner would say, “So be it!”

It’s always “power” vs “the people” with these Republicans…
It’s time “the people” stood up.

So be it…

As religious leaders, we don’t believe that our most vulnerable people should bear more additional burdens. Do you agree? Why are there deep cuts in budget proposals to some of our most important programs that prevent deadly diseases among children in Africa and provide critical nutrition for our poorest families right here at home? These are not only cost-effective, but also relatively low in cost compared to massive expenditures in our military budget, corporate tax loopholes, and subsidies to oil, gas, and agribusiness companies — just to name a few of the things that were protected in the proposals from your House Republicans. Is that fair? Is that right? Is that moral? – Jim Wallis

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner – Jim Wallis – God’s Politics Blog.


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