Calling All Activists: Beat Your Drums Loud Enough for Washington to Hear! Say NO to the Ryan Budget

March 28, 2012 at 6:40 am Leave a comment

(From Robin Stephenson)

Why should you care about the House proposed budget?

  1. God’s      Vision:  God calls      us to speak for the most      vulnerable.  God’s vision is a world where all have enough (2 Corinthians 8: 13-15). The House Resolution will      increase harm and suffering for the poor and hungry both here and abroad.
  2. God’s      work: The      Budget Resolution proposes cuts to programs that Bread members have      championed over the years and have given people like Heather Turner a hand      up on the cycle of prosperity.  Therefore programs like the Earned      Income Tax Credit reflect      God’s vision.
  3. Safety      Net’s Save: During      a time when communities and families are struggling to come back from the      harsh economic realities of the great recession, it would be devastating      to cut a safety net that      has kept millions afloat and stimulated local economies.
  4. Values: If the values carved in this resolution are allowed to stand unchallenged, it sets the priorities for November’s lame duck session and prevents Congress from adequately funding programs for the most vulnerable.  The poor did not create the deficit and should not bear the burden of restoring fiscal responsibility.
  5. Options: Deficits have been reduced in the past with the principle that      we can reduce the deficit at the same time we reduce hunger and      poverty.  There are other options that better fits God’s vision for      God’s world.

It’s a long way off until the budget deadline on October first or more likely after a continuing resolution and the November elections.   Yet waiting until then to speak up may be too late.  The time to get noisy is now.  We need a steady drumbeat of citizen discipleship in the next several months that says a resounding “NO” to cuts of programs that protect hungry and poor people.  You did it last year and literally helped millions.  Start this week with a phone call to your Member of Congress and follow it up by starting a movement in your community that calls for a circle of protection.


Entry filed under: Action Alert.

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