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The Republicans Make an Offer on Sequestration

GOP House members have clarified their position on what they’re willing to “compromise” in order to avoid sequestration.  From today’s NY Times:

Republicans say they are willing to instead get some savings from programs not covered by Congress’s annual spending bills, like food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance.

Read that one more time.  Food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance.

What the Republicans aren’t willing to compromise on is “more revenue” from those at the top of the economic scale.  No more revenue from the 1%.  No more revenue from the 0.001%.  No more revenue from the Top 400.

Remember these two charts?
Top Tax Rates 1952-2008
Top 400 Taxpayers Dividend Income

Hey folks, it’s Lent.  It’s winter, and still a long way to go until spring.  A good season to look more closely at what our various faiths teach us about our obligations to our fellow men.

Matthew 25:34-36 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Are you Catholic?  “The equal dignity of human persons requires the effort to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities. It gives urgency to the elimination of sinful inequalities.”  Read more from the Catechism here.

Lutheran?  “Human impoverishment, excessive accumulation and consumerism driven by greed, gross economic disparities, and the degradation of nature are incompatible with this reign of God.”  Read the full statement here.

Methodist?  “As a church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich. To begin to alleviate poverty, we support such policies as: adequate income maintenance, quality education, decent housing, job training, meaningful employment opportunities, adequate medical and hospital care…”  Read the full statement here.

Southern Baptist?  “We should work to provide for orphans, the poor, the abused, the old, the weak, and the sick.”  Read more here.

Episcopal? Anglican? Evangelical Lutheran?  “Now is the time to work for justice as well, to advocate for more substantial long-term solutions that will create an anti-poverty agenda which we can all support. We will continue to encourage members of our congregations to meet immediate needs but also ask them to join together and pressure our governments to focus seriously on reducing poverty. We must continue to advocate for decent employment and to enhance our social safety net — and to ensure that all have the opportunity to access both.”  Read the joint Pastoral Letter here.

Jewish?  “Our Rabbis taught: ‘If all the sufferings and pain in the world were gathered on one side of a scale, and poverty was on the other side, poverty would outweigh them all.’ Jewish tradition recognizes poverty as the single greatest cause of human suffering. It calls on us to respond to the needs of the poor with singular urgency.”  Read the full essay here.

Muslim?  “But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient/And gives the lie to the best/We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Misery/Nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit).”  Read more about the Qur’an and poverty here.

Sequestration looms.  The Congressional stalemate threatens our nation’s economy.  And what’s that list of things that GOP House members are willing to “compromise” on?

Food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance.

For shame.




About Liz Iacobucci

Liz Iacobucci is the former Public Information Officer for the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984. Over the past three decades, she has served in government at the federal, state and municipal levels; and she has worked for both Democratic and Republican politicians.
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  1. […] The Sequester has hit Federal unemployment benefits, too.  About 15% of unemployed workers now receive extended unemployment benefits that are funded by the federal government. The Sequester means those benefits will be cut by about 11% for the rest of the fiscal year.  Families’ choices about food versus housing, and which overdue bill to pay this week, are about to get a lot harder. None of these programs are even on the radar screen, as the Senate prepares to leave town for vacation. But flight delays? That got solved by the Senate in record time – unanimously, to boot. Wow.  What does that say about the priorities of our Congress?  (Read “The Republicans Make an Offer on Sequestration” here.) […]

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