Declaring class war on ‘the least of these’

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(NNPA)—The Bible’s injunction that we shall be judged by how we have treated the “least of these”  (Mathew 25:40) appears in different forms in virtually every religion or faith. And surely the measure of a country is how it treats the most vulnerable of its people — children in the dawn of life, the poor in the valley of life, the ailing in the shadows of life, the elderly in the dusk of life.

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Republican budget proposal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan, chair of the Budget Committee and Mitt Romney’s running mate.  The vast majority of Republicans are lined up to vote for it, with possible exceptions for a handful that think it does not cut enough.

It is a breathtakingly mean and callous proposal.  The Republican budget would cut taxes on the wealthy, giving millionaires, the Citizen for Tax Justice estimates, a tax break of $200,000 per year. Ryan only tells us what tax rates he would lower, noted the loopholes he would close to make his proposal revenue neutral.  But CTJ shows that even if he closed every loophole claimed by the wealthy, it wouldn’t make up for the revenue lost by lowering their top rate).  The Ryan plan would extend also tax breaks for multinationals, moving to make the entire world a tax haven.  He would raise spending on the military by about $500 billion over the levels now projected over the next decade.

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