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Friday, November 18, 2005

Concessions of Conscience

It's pretty easy to be cynical about the fact that the House passed a budget bill early this morning that cuts programs from the weakest among us. And it's even easier to be cynical of media coverage that touts the concessions made by Republicans to get this bill passed.

Do these concessions mean anything to a struggling family that won't be able to reliably put food on their table without food stamps? What do they mean for an elderly person forced to choose whether to go to the doctor and face a higher Medicaid co-pay or save that money for the heating bill this winter? What about for the kid who won't be able to get health screenings because his family of four is above the federal poverty line even though they can barely make ends meet on $20,000 a year?

Instead of lots of talk about the political concessions made by House Republicans, we need to talk about the concessions being made each and every day by poor Americans. Read this to understand how little the political concessions will change the fundamentally painful cuts that will be directly felt by those struggling to get by. And then call or write your senator today and make your voice heard before the bill goes to House-Senate negotiation later this month. Let your senator know that you are not ready to concede your conscience.

2 Comments:

  • At 2:01 AM, Blogger Siel said…

    The vote was so heartbreakingly close -- I'm proud to say that at least my congressman -- Waxman -- voted against the damn thing --

     
  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger lauren said…

    My representative thankfully voted against it too. Being in a liberal jurisdiction is a great thing, but it usually means that I feel like my political action is not as potent if I limit it to letter-writing on issues. I'm still trying to get into the habit of sending short notes - even just to say "thanks for voting that way!" to my representatives in Congress.

     

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