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Which Party is the Biggest Spender? A. Democrats B. Republicans C. All of the Above
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23brooks.html"><em>New York Times</em> column, David Brooks</a> laments the loss of the political center. ...

Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694002821_EoxB3"></a>Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overh ...

The Contentious Issue of 'Selective Conscientious Objection'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/09/encouraging-informed-freedom-of-conscience-on-questions-of-war/">As I have been talking about</a> the <a href="http://www.conscienceinwar. ...

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694034604_U2HKp"></a>Did you watch any of the health-care summit yesterday in Washington ...

Afghanistan: War is Still Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it's hard to know how to offer fresh ...

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the one hand, as a new <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/meet-the-tea-partiers-male-rich-and-college-educated.php" target="_blank">CNN poll</a> shows, 11 pe ...

A Lenten Experiment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In January last year, Mr. Neff and I began a Lenten experiment. We wanted to see if we could eat adequate amounts of tasty and nutritious food on a food-stamp budget. We also wanted to see what we mig ...

Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694000869_TQx7a"></a>President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care r ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

Peaceful Coexistence of Science and Faith: Interview with NIH Director Francis Collins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Francis S. Collins has long been known in the science world for his leadership of the Human Genome Project, an ambitious 13-year joint endeavor by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Depart ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

50 Years of Inflated Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Over my working life, I have seen investments inflate. I have also seen prices infl ...

When Money Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been thinking a lot about money, specific ...

The Power of Questions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Jim Wallis is right in his new book, ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

Dive!: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dumpster Diving but Were Afraid to Ask
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A confession: When I first saw publicity for <a href="http://divethefilm.com/">Dive!</a> I forwarded it to my main dumpster diving partner with the subject line: "great.&quo ...

Make Your Wish List a Giving List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they make shopping much, much easier. I have mixed feelings about wis ...

Beat the Defense Budget into a Plowshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Almost exactly 4 years ago, more than 100 faith leaders from around the country went to jail together as we prayed for a moral budget and lamented the current one. Almost exactly ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

Happy Anniversary, Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On October 7, the U.S. On October 7, the U.S. Senate said " Happy Anniversary " one day early to the war in Afghanistan with a defense spending bill that puts the cost ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

Sam's Story: Another Human Tragedy in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This week many of you heard the story of Sam.* Sam was a 21-year-old young man from a hard-working family. Over the course of several weeks in July he experienced extreme stomach pains. ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-6-09pov.pdf">study</a> analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net pr ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Clean Energy is the 'Space Race' of Our Age
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Tuesday, as a member of <a href="http://www.catholics-united.org/">Catholics United</a>, I joined countless others in Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the American Clean Energ ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

Money Creation and Idolatry: How did we let this happen?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/28/money-creation-let-there-be-money/">In our recent blog</a>, we described how money "creation" meets the needs of a gradually expanding e ...

Dick Cheney's Contempt for Americans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dick Cheney is a strange creature. For public consumption he is the cool, principled champion of the American people willing to take hard public stands on their behalf. Dick Chene ...

A Step Toward the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Several years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, So­jou­rn­ers started using the phrase “budgets are moral d ...

M2EP Video: Mo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The four days of Sojourners' Mobilization to End Poverty has come to an end. The four days of Sojourners' Mobilization to End Poverty has come to an end. We did a lot of ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

Doing the Best We Can in Hard Times - A Corporate Example
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Scanning the headlines recently, the following caught my attention: "Walgreens giving free ...

How to Keep Track of $20,000,000,000?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi "The Coalition Provisional Authority [in Iraq] fail ...

$296 Billion, 22 Months
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last. ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Markets, Morality, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Not long ago, those who demonized government and preached the go ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In 1956, a few hundred Catholic teachers and catechists gathered ...

Beating the F-22 Fighter Jet into a Ploughshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="left">"People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." "People will judge you on what you can buil ...

Push, not Protest, for a Budget with Better Priorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Several years ago over 100 of us were arrested for blocking a Capital building entrance and protesting tax cuts for the 5 percent wealthiest people and program cuts from WIC, food stamps, college a ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

City Hires Ethicist for Hard Choices
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi Like many U.S. municipalities, Alexandria, Virginia, is ...