Faith Leaders Denounce GOP Budget as Immoral
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, just released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. Just like his proposed budget from last year, the plan would gut the safety net and jeopardize health care for seniors, unemployment insurance for job-seekers, and food stamps for families.
We worked with Half-in-Ten (a project of the Center for American Progress) and Sojourners to compile quotes from prominent faith leaders reacting to the budget. Check out the full list of quotes here. Some of my favorites:
Father Thomas Kelly, Catholic priest and constituent of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI):“As a constituent of Congressman Ryan and a Catholic priest, I’m disappointed by his cruel budget plan and outraged that he defends it on moral grounds. Ryan is Catholic, and he knows that justice for the poor and economic fairness are core elements of our church’s social teaching. It’s shameful that he disregarded these principles in his budget.”
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby:“The federal budget is, and always has been, an indication of the priorities of ournation. The Ryan budget, if enacted, would say that we are a nation that favors thesuper-wealthy by lowering their tax rates while we harm those most in need throughdeeper spending cuts in safety net programs. We are a caring, compassionate people. To deliberately target struggling families while enriching the wealthiest is both immoral and not reflective of our nation’s values.”
Rev. Michael Livingston, director of the National Council of Churches’ Poverty Initiative:“Rep. Ryan’s budget uses the deficit as an excuse to pursue an ideological agenda that punishes poor people who can’t find a job. If Rep. Ryan wants us to take his moralizing about the national debt seriously, he should have the courage to ask for shared sacrifice from his millionaire donors instead of kicking poor families while they’re down.”