BU, Sojourners to watch Bush speech
Tribune-Herald staff reports
Saturday, January 28, 2006
President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday will provide the opportunity for the faith community of greater Waco to assess “the State of Our Values.”
The Center for Family and Community Ministries in Baylor University's School of Social Work will partner with Sojourners – a Washington, D.C.-based organization led by progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis – to view and discuss Bush's address.
Church and community leaders concerned with governmental policies affecting the poor will meet at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Gospel Cafe of CrossTies Ecumenical Church, 825 S. 10th St.
“This effort offers local Christians the opportunity to follow the biblical call to social justice and peacemaking,” said Jon Singletary, assistant professor of social work and director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries.
“Several proposed federal budget cuts would deeply impact programs that provide assistance to those in our society who often have the most need and the least power, such as children and the elderly,” he said.
The House of Representatives' vote on the 2006 federal budget is expected to occur Wednesday. The proposed budget includes the Budget Conference Bill, which presents significant cuts that would impact such programs as Medicaid, child support, child care, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, foster care and student loans.
“The State of Our Values” event was organized by Sojourners to focus on ways the needs of poor people are addressed in the president's speech and the role Christians can play, Wallis said.
For more information, contact the café at 753-5916 or Singletary at 498-6323.
I got my mail from back home this week and in it was a very nice letter for Rep. Stupak. I called him over break about the proposed budget cuts (and I made Allie call him too) and he actually sent me a letter back. Here's part of it:
"The Republican leadership claims to justify these cuts as a way to pay for Katrina hurricane relief, for the war in Iraq, or to pay down the deficit, but this is just not true. The Republicans are cutting programs that help America's most vulnerable citizens by $50 billion just so that they can spend $106 billion in tax cuts for America's most wealthy...Under this tax cut bill, if your family earns $50,000 per year, you will realize a $80 tax cut; if your family earns $100,000 per year, you will realize a $250 tax cut; if your family earns $400,000 per year, you will realize a $1,500 tax cut; and if your family earns $1 million per year, you will realize a $50,000 tax cut. The Republicans do not have their priorities straight when it comes to helping out hard working Americans..."
They sure don't have their priorities straight.