“Woe to you legislators of infamous laws ... who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan” -Isaiah 10:1-2 (Jerusalem Bible).
“So our “What Would Jesus Cut?” campaign is meant to raise a challenge. How do the values we hold, rooted in the person of Jesus, affect the decisions made in the public policy arena? We certainly aren’t trying to turn the “Sermon on the Mount” into H.B. 173, but we believe that legislators who follow Christ should always ask the question of how the bills they pass and the policies they make affect poor and vulnerable people. Jesus was concerned with “the least of these,” and we think Christians should follow Jesus’ words with the policy decisions they make.”
As you go about the cutting and the slashing of public and social amenities and programmes, keeping the corporate subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy and more affluent – in the name of progress, production and cutting the national debt, keeping the defence budget alert by hostilities against Libya – remember that people like Bobby Kennedy were more than money orientated:
Below is a quote from Bobby Kennedy on what the Gross National Product means and more importantly what it does not mean. He would have a made a fine economist...
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."
Robert F. Kennedy Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968
Remember that without money people can not but or pay for things (rents, mortgages, food, health insurance – USA, health care choices – UK, savings and pensions and without jobs and steps to help those impoverished by society through no fault of their own they will be part of the rise in crime and homelessness, desperate people do desperate things.
If our politicians fail us now the result will be catastrophic and there will be a dark age yet again. Shame on you, you legislators of infamous and unjust laws.
I am aware that GDP and GNP are different but we harp on about both like religious fanatics drugged up to the nines. No sense and all mouth and menace of violence. There needs to be cuts but we all need to be cut not just those unlucky enough to be on social benefit or relying on social programmes. Voluntary, charitable and compassionate profiteers can take up some of the slack – allow them to by dismantling petting regulations and obtuse political correctness doctrines, help people to help people, and remember we all have a vote.