I am a Person of Faith and I Reject Paul Ryan’s Budget
Despite their embrace of ‘Christian’ values, House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan have proposed a federal budget that would, in effect, cut thousands of children from pre-school programs, diminish aid for the poor, and radically alter Medicare as we know it, forcing seniors to fend for themselves.
Ryan, the architect of the Republican budget plan, credits Ayn Rand as the reason he entered politics. Rand was a radical philosopher who believed society should have no role in helping the poor, feeding the hungry, or taking care of the sick. Ryan’s budget embraces those immoral – and certainly anti-Christian – values.
Several prominent leaders in the faith community have already stood up to denounce Ryan’s budget. As a person of faith, will you join them?
In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, dozens of professors from Catholic University and other catholic colleges wrote: “The 2012 budget you shepherded to passage in the House of Representatives guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society. It is particularly cruel to pregnant women and children…The House budget radically cuts Medicaid and effectively ends Medicare. A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.”
Tell Rep. Paul Ryan and Speaker John Boehner that their budget does not represent your values.
I urge you to strongly reconsider the budget you have proposed for the coming fiscal year. Christianity teaches that those in power have an obligation to help those in need. As a person of faith, I ask you to follow that teaching.
Your budget unfairly puts the burden on women, children, and the elderly to fend for themselves in one of the most difficult economic periods of the last century. At the same time, you have guaranteed tax breaks for major corporations that have already made record profits over the last year.
If you are truly a person of Christian faith, please heed the call for a budget that is more just.
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