“America’s Poor Are Under Siege” say America’s Faith Leaders at U.S. Capitol
As you read this, a $50 BILLION hole is about to be blown in our national safety net for the poor, including:
*$9.5 billion in Medicaid – CUT. It’s a direct hit to those needing health care – including children
*$5 Billion in Child Support Enforcement – GONE. Without it, deadbeat parents are off the hook again, plunging hundreds of thousands of children back into poverty.
*$844 Million in food stamps – ELIMINATED. Do we even need to explain the implications here?
The list goes on. It is about to happen at the U.S. Capitol, where Congress has proposed perhaps the cruelest, most immoral budget ever to reach the floor. Its rationale: to help pay for Katrina recovery. Yes, Katrina recovery will be expensive, but do we really believe punishing the poorest among us is the best answer? If this budget if passed, Katrina victims will the the FIRST to feel its sting. It makes no sense.
Adding insult to injury, the proposed budget also contain massive tax BREAKS for big corporations and the ultra-wealthiest few.
This budget must not stand.
As you read this, FaithfulAmerica is representing you at a gathering of national religious leaders at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to reject the proposed budget cuts in the federal budget. The reason: the proposed cuts literally take from the POOR and give to the RICH. Cruel and immoral as it sounds, this is exactly what is going down in Washington.
Please join us TODAY – wherever you are – and send a message to your elected officials in Washington demanding a responsible and compassionate federal budget. A vote could come at any time – we need you to help us stop what may be a grave mistake for our nation – the triumph of human greed over human need. With your voice, we can help avert this tragedy from happening.
Go HERE and let your elected officials know you, as a person of faith and conscience, demand a higher standard, a moral higher ground, a better way for all of our brothers and sisters in this land … ga3.org/campaign/moralbudget
Source: Brandeis University
Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released today. The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999.
The USDA report, Household Food Security in the United States, 2004, says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999.
“This is an unexpected and even stunning outcome,” noted center director Dr. J. Larry Brown, a leading scholarly authority on domestic hunger. “This chronic level of hunger so long after the recession ended means that it is a man-made problem. Congress and the White House urgently need to address growing income inequality and the weakening of the safety net in order to get this epidemic under control.” According to the Center on Hunger and Poverty, food insecurity increased by nearly a million households from 2003 to 2004. Rates of hunger increased in almost every single category of household during the same time, with single mothers and those living in or near poverty continuing to suffer from severely high rates of both food insecurity and hunger.
California, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina all have food insecurity and hunger rates that are significantly higher than the national average. The lone bright spot in the nation is Oregon. Once considered to have the worst hunger in the country, Oregon has shown significant decreases in food insecurity and hunger since 1999-2001.
“With this astonishing level of food deprivation in America,” Brown concluded, “we need President Bush to step up to the plate. If he now asks Congress to cut federal food programs, hunger will increase even further. We need the moral leadership to stem this crisis.”
To obtain a bulletin of the analysis by the Center on Poverty and Hunger, visit www.centeronhunger.org