Nancy Pelosi on the Immoral Federal Budget
From today's Democratic Radio address by Nancy Pelosi...Note that the protest she refers to can be seen more over at the Sojourner's site... It involved 115 religious activists including Jim Wallis and Brian Mclaren in the act of civil disobedience protesting the latest Federal budget.
"2006 is a year of decision.
"One of the first decisions Members of Congress will make is reconsideration of the Republican budget. The federal budget should be a statement of our national values. Sadly, the Republican budget fails that test.
"That is why leaders of every religious denomination have led the fight in Washington and across the country to defeat it. Religious leaders told Congress that they are drawing a moral line in the sand against the Republican budget's misplaced priorities.
"They reminded us that the Bible teaches that to minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. Religious leaders stated that our religious tradition teaches us that society, through government, has an obligation to meet the needs of the American people.
"In December, in the last days of this last session of Congress, the religious community descended upon Washington in peaceful protest - in the freezing cold. Over 100 were arrested while calling the Republican budget a moral failure, empty of spiritual hope and nourishing resources.
"Clearly, America can do better.
"Democrats have proposed a budget which protects the middle class, reduces the deficit, and reflects our American values. The budget decision is clear.
"We can expand opportunity by investing in education and promoting American competitiveness or we can drive students $6,000 deeper into debt on their student loans.
"In the spirit of fairness, we can expand health care to America's children and veterans, or we can limit it. Our American sense of community requires that we subsidize home heating for America's families instead of subsidizing record profits for energy companies. And we can declare our energy independence.
"We can promote prosperity by investing in innovation, small business and job creation for the many, or have budget priorities that benefit the privileged few.
"We can promote real security by truly investing in homeland security instead of having a Homeland Security Department in disarray. And as we protect and defend the American people, we must not lose sight of our duty to protect and defend the constitution and our civil liberties.
"We can demonstrate responsibility by having a Democratic pay-as-you-go budget instead of a Republican budget which increases the deficit. In recognition of the Republican budget's increase of the deficit, the Secretary of the Treasury this week sent a letter to Congress for urgent authority to increase the national debt.
"Again, the decision is clear. We must draw a fiscal line in the sand. And we must join the religious community in drawing a moral line in the sand."