Nothing nice about...
December 17, 2013
-Theologian Jim Wallis
It’s almost Christmas... but like a Santa Claus gone psycho, Congress has scrambled the lists of the naughty and nice. They have appropriated a huge amount of our tax dollars for militarism and surveillance, while cutting unemployment benefits, food stamps and other critical domestic programs.
The consequences of prior budget cuts are already apparent: crumbling bridges; lingering unemployment; food stamps cut; working people having to rely on overstretched food banks; homeless people freezing to death on the streets, in the world’s richest nation.
Meanwhile, Congress voted to appropriate $552 billion, almost 60% of this year’s federal discretionary budget on the military, including spending for the war in Afghanistan. President Obama is pushing to keep over 10,000 troops there beyond his promise of a 2014 exit, instead of opting for the “zero option” of bringing all the troops home. After 12 years, we should not continue to waste $80 billion a year dragging out our military presence in Afghanistan.
The 2014 budget, hyped as a “solution” to the artificial crisis of sequestration, does not reflect our moral choices. Please take 5 seconds to share this image to show your friends and contacts what is really naughty and nice.
For peace with justice,