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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Spending Cuts

Clovis_Sangrail Wrote: Apr 22, 2012 2:49 PM
The USCCB doesn't bother with these fine distinctions between helping the poor via private charity and helping the poor via Govt programs. They ate just concerned with helping the poor, period. I think that is a far healthier attitude than Mr. DeHaven's. And he can go on at length about the failure of the last five decades of "the great society", but much good came of it.
badgerpat Wrote: Apr 23, 2012 12:00 PM
It's not a fine distinction, Clovis, and I would think you would understand that. If the big government welfare state would get their boot off the neck of our economy, more people would have jobs, average personal wealth would increase, donations to charity would increase, and there would be fewer, not more, poor and homeless for the Bishops to care for. Mr DeHaven's point is that we should focus on helping the poor, rather than on expanding government power, which is really all the "Great Society" has accomplished. Actually, that's not fair, the "Great Society" has also increased homelessness, drug dependancy, unemployment, single parent homes, crime rates, violent crime rates, etc.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are pushing back against criticism from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over the GOP’s proposed cuts to domestic spending programs. They should.

The USCCB’s criticism comes at a time when it’s appropriately fighting the Obama administration’s mandate that Church-affiliated employers must provide health insurance that covers birth control.

As a Catholic, it pains me that the bishops apparently do not recognize that a central government that is big and powerful enough to spend billions of other people’s dollars on housing, food, and health...

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