Friday, August 05, 2011

Cut Funding to Domestic Programs to Balance the Budget?

Today I spoke with someone who suggested that all national domestic programs must be drastically cut to obtain a balanced budget. Here is my response:

 Personally, I spent all of my savings and had my house foreclosed upon in the years after I was disabled in 2003. Now, at age 65, I am dependent on $1281/month to survive. (My last salary as a clergyman was $4200/month plus a housing allowance and medical insurance). I am nor surviving.
(2) All communities/nations are judged by the manner in which they care for the least of them: the children, women, elderly, infirm. The U.S. is very low among the world’s nations in this.
(3) If cutting must be done (the U.S. has always had a national debt since the beginning; hell, we’re still paying for the Revolutionary War), the I believe in should be in the $167.9* ($460,000 per day) budgeted for FY 2011 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 * Source: The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: Estimated Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding FY2001-FY2012

We look to the day when sharing by all will mean scarcity for none (United Church of Christ Book of Worship)


  1. I agree with you fully, Reverend Nick.

  2. Cutting poor people's income just isn't right!

  3. You said what's right, sir.

  4. My sister is not yet 65 and she struggles to make it every month.

    What happened to caring for the young, disabled, the infirm and the aged? I agree with you.

    I like the look of your photo and Alex.

  5. You know, what really gets me about these mean spirited politicians, is that the Right Wingers claim to be big Christians. I am neither to the Right nor to the Left, I am an Independent, Moderate, but I am also a Christian. And I believe it is the moral obligation of Christians to help and not hurt the poor! Jesus said, and it may not be the exact saying, but it's close, "What you do for the least of mine, you do for me." That spells it our clearly, don't you think?

    Take care, Mr.Nick. It pains me to read about all people who are going to hurt by these cuts. It's just not right.