Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Friday, December 23, 2005

Toward a Moral Budget....

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U.S. Capitol Police arrested 115 religious activists for civil disobedience in response to House Republican budget plan's cuts in social programs when they refused to clear the entrance to a congressional office building Wednesday, December 14th.

"These are political choices being made that are hurting low-income people," said Jim Wallis, the event's organizer and founder of the Christian ministry group Sojourners. "Don't make them the brunt of your deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility." Wallis called the House budget plan, which would produce $50 billion in savings over five years, "the real Christmas scandal," a reference to a campaign by some conservative Christian groups against the greeting "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

Wallis, who was arrested, said the group had little complaint with a more modest Senate plan.


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