Friday, March 11, 2011

Conservative Spending Priorities Are Morally Bankrupt

We ran a story some weeks ago about how the spending priorities of progressives and conservatives reflect markedly different moral priorities. This week, the Center for American Progress released a disheartening chart that concretely illustrates the stark differences in moral priorities when tax breaks are privileged over funding for social programs.

From the Center for American Progress:
The chart below compares the 10 safety-net programs slated for deep cuts with the cost of the tax breaks that should also be considered for reduction or elimination to bring the budget into balance. The column on the left is a list of safety-net programs that have already been targets of the House leadership’s budget ax. The column on the right is the cost to specified tax breaks.
Sources for the quoted figures are available on the CAP website.

Ideology be damned, warped spending priorities like this place the most vulnerable in this society at an unacceptable risk, while the invisible hand of the market flips a big middle finger to our middle class. Our economic system does not have the tools or the impetus to morally self-regulate, and it is up to us to provide the moral calculus that proves conservative budget plans just don't add up.

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