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Huntsville Clergy Members Ask Brooks, Sessions, & Shelby To Behave Responsibly On Sequestration

by: countrycat

Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:05:46 AM CST


AL-05 Congressman Mo Brooks & Senators Sessions & Shelby won't listen to reason most of the time, but will they listen to Alabama clergy about the harm that "Sequestration" will cause?  Possibly not, since this group of Christians, Unitarians, and Rabbis is talking about helping the poor and vulnerable - not nosing about in other people's private lives. 

But at least they tried.  In an open letter to Brooks, Sessions, & Shelby, ten Huntsville-area religious leaders are pleading for compromise and a solution that helps the poor and middle class instead of hurting them.

I received a copy from Rabbi Bahar, who authored the letter with input from her fellow ministers.  AL.com has the entire text, but here are a few excerpts:

This crisis does not simply affect people in Washington. Families who are members of our congregations will face significant salary cuts. Some of these people are already living on the edge and cannot afford to have a reduction in their compensation. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that as a result of this act, 1 million people will lose their jobs, including not only government employees, but also small business owners whose clientele are government workers.

We are not arguing about the need to reduce the deficit, but simply that the use of sequestration -- a blind, massive spending cut which would hurt not only families who work as contractors but also programs affecting the poor and impoverished members of our community -- is not a responsible way of addressing the deficit situation.

Our approach to these serious problems needs to be rooted in our values of compassion and justice. We need to be good stewards of what we have. Compromise should prevail as the method to solve problems; grandstanding and the need to be correct fails to recognize the possibility that multiple approaches to problem-solving exist.

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Please realize that you, as our elected officials, have been given power and a responsibility.

[...]

So we ask you, those whom we have sent to speak on our behalf, to speak loudly and clearly for the citizens of Alabama and work to resolve this impending crisis before the March 1st deadline in a responsible manner, a manner that considers the well-being of not only the citizens of Alabama, but also our entire nation.

Well said, but sadly, it will probably fall on deaf ears.

 

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what hasn't been said much that i saw (except for a charlie cook column) is that there's agreement that a lot of republicans know there's huge waste in many defense, homeland security plus other programs, and sequestration under the guisew of budget control is a way to fight the waste of tax dollars. they're not going to make speeches saying that and tee off boeing and lockheed martin and all the others feasting at the pentagon through -- they are the campaign bread and butter for gop. a real intense congressional audit of homeland security spending would show that millions are being spent for two bits worth of security. gop senaots and congressmen cant say that. but sequestration is their way of fighting the waste. 

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