The Common Good

Budget That Cuts Programs for Poor While Upping Pentagon Spending Fails a Moral Test

Source: The Nation
Date: February 14, 2011

"Budgets,” Jim Wallis reminds us, "are always moral documents.”lated Content If Only WashingtThe first test of that morality, explains the theologian who chairs the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum, is how those with the least power, the fewest political connections and the greatest economic challenges fare. "Our budget should not be balanced on the backs of the poor,” says Wallis. "Cuts should not come from the services and programs that people rely on now more than ever. The reality is that we have a lot of wasteful spending in our federal budget, but most of it does not come from things that help the most vulnerable people in our society.”