Reduce the federal deficit without increasing poverty or income inequality
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Reduce the federal deficit without increasing poverty or income inequality

    1. Petition by

      Independent Sector

As a matter of justice, fairness and effectiveness, steps taken to address the nation’s fiscal challenges should favor policies that will not exacerbate income inequality or increase poverty.

As lawmakers seek to keep our country from plunging into another economic and financial crisis, Congress must in the coming months make many tough decisions about spending and taxes. We must ensure that the millions of families across the country who are still struggling are not lost in this debate.

In 2010, more than 46.2 million people in the U.S. lived below the poverty line -- more than at any point during the five decades in which the U.S. Census Bureau has published poverty data. And sadly, the number of Americans living in poverty is projected to increase even more.

We acknowledge the need and support the effort to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. We must address the nation’s fiscal challenges now or we will suffer the consequences of failing to do so later. We understand that difficult choices will have to be made. But making difficult choices is not synonymous with making immoral choices.

The message is simple -- we are not asking for new measures or programs – we are simply asking Congress not to increase poverty while reducing the federal deficit.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Politico: Defense trumps poverty in Republican House

      "American soldiers learned the hard way not to walk down enemy trails in Vietnam — and certainly not twice. But here come the House Republicans, marching into the sunlight by shifting billions from poverty programs to the Pentagon, all within hours of adopting an entirely new round of tax cuts for those earning more than $1 million a year."

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    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. 4 Nonprofit Principles to Guide Deficit Reduction by IS CEO Diana Aviv

      Diana Aviv in Huffington Post: "In fact, we are dramatically lowering the bar by asking Congress simply not to increase poverty. The 1990, 1993, and 1997 deficit reduction packages are notable for having improved the Earned Income Tax Credit, strengthened the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and created the Children's Health Insurance Program. Recent history has proven that we can in fact reduce poverty and expand low-income assistance programs while making progress toward long-term financial stability by reducing deficits."

      "Independent Sector has developed a set of principles to help policymakers in Washington undertake the deficit reduction in a way that will produce a fair, just, and effective solution. If you agree, sign our petition and let Congress know."

    5. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diana Gilbert CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I don't want our country to be in debt any longer

    • Timothy Paich LOVELADIES, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      This could help the poor and keep more and more people from going poor. The recession we're facing now could go worse than the great depression or be just as bad.

      This is to help with the economic downturn. I have a petition below that’s for the economy and ridiculous gas prices and other things affecting us. Let’s sign mine. I need 1,000 signatures in total.

      We should also take a stand against greed. I blamed it all on high gas prices for driving schools on waiting lists. It's common sense for first time learners for driving to have behind the wheel for car insurance reduction and most important safety of learning.

      We are taking stands against greed as well. You people who signed this petition should sign mine if you haven't. The author of this petition should sign mine on the link as well if haven’t.

      There’s also a petition on sign on. Here’s that link below as it’s for the reshaping the world to improve our lives.

    • Emmett Schmarsow MILTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The greater good is at the heart of the independent sector -- which supplements (or provides) what the government is unwilling (or unable) to. Incentives help and providing a deduction -- for taxpayer itemizers -- is important to many donors.

    • Laura Gray KANSAS CITY, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      We'll see a dollar savings in short term, and pay the price as a society in the long term.

    • Kathy Myers LA MESA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I just saw an interview with Ronald Reagan when he was running for governor of California. HE said that government is supposed to be serving the people, not the other way around. Please act to serve the MAJORITY of the people in this nation and stop serving the needs of the uber wealthy few.


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