This comes at the same time that many in the House seek to enact legislation that would provide $70 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest 3% of the population.
All of this comes at a time of war, recovery from several natural disasters and the continuing threat of domestic terror.
Frankly, something is out of whack here.
Thankfully, people appear to be waking up!
Representative Chris Shays (R-Conn.) said in a recent statement, "The poor bear an unfair burden of the proposed reductions. I'm concerned about cuts to higher-education funding, child care, child welfare and food stamps. These are simply the wrong priorities."
Mr. Shays is correct and he stands on the moral high ground from a values perspective.Another Republican, Congressman Jim Leach (R-Iowa) expressed his opinion in a statement, "...the proposal of significantly reducing student loans, food stamps and a host of other social programs at a time of many wrenches in the economy appears un-compelling."
Thank you, Mr. Leach for the clear-headed analysis that is also ethically on target.
Urban areas are being devastated by an ever tightening public policy finance strategy that unfairly focuses on the poor. Dallas and every other urban area will be big losers if the budget-cutting, tax-cutters prevail.
Contact (call, fax, email) your Congressperson in the U. S. House of Representatives and do so today. Simply tell him or her to oppose further budget cuts that will hurt and deepen the poverty of your low-income neighbors.
If you need to find out how to do so, go to http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm for information.
While you are at it, urge them to reconsider any further tax cuts for those at the very top of our economy.
Your city and my city will be better off for your action!