The Common Good

Sojourners' Statement and Resources on Paul Ryan's 2013 Budget

Date: March 22, 2012

In response to Rep. Paul Ryan's 2013 budget, diverse prominant faith leaders have come together to express their outrage and disappointment. Below features Sojourners Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper's response, as well as a link to the audio of a press call in which she participated. A link to the full quotations from national press leaders is also below.


   Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing, Sojourners:

It is simply unconscionable to balance the budget on the backs of struggling Americans while protecting tax breaks for millionaires. Corporate interests and the 1% have their lobbyists. But, who will protect the interests of the poor? Last year Representative Ryan’s budget proposal would have wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihoods of America’s most vulnerable people. Fiscal responsibility doesn’t need to mean economic cruelty. Churches and faith-based non-profits are already fighting an uphill battle to meet the needs of their communities. They don’t need politicians making their work harder because Congress is dead set on politicizing a simple duty of common sense governance.

Audio of Press Call

Full Quote Sheet from Half in Ten