Faithful Catholics often are stereotyped as caring about one or two issues at the expense of everything else. At one level they are right. Abortion and marriage are indeed foundational, and they will always be of primary concern for us.
But does this mean that Catholics must remain silent during the debate over how to reform the federal budget, or how to reform the entitlement programs that are bankrupting our country? Of course not.
That’s why I asked CatholicVote members what they thought of recent scare tactics that suggest any attempt to reform Medicare spending means sending Grandma over the cliff. (The picture on the right is taken from this horrific ad.)
The responses have been pouring into my inbox. Here are a few:
“People of faith know that they are personally obligated to help the poor, feed the hungry — Jesus made this clear. We cannot and should not abdicate that responsibility to any government. A fiscally responsible government sets the stage for a strong country with a strong citizenry that is free and able to help all its members.”
-L. Smith, North Carolina
“I was thrilled to receive your email and happy to hear an intelligent Catholic finally talk about being frugal and financially responsible without being afraid of being called insensitive to those in need. We are quickly becoming a country who will not be able to help anyone in need because we will be completely bankrupt.”
-J. McMahon, Illinois
“Whatever happened to personal responsibility? I am 68 years old and still working. I think many seniors have a sense of entitlement. They seem to feel that they are entitled to retire at 65 and be supported by the state.”
-J. Minnott, California
Yes, I am one of the Grandmas–age 67, and am benefitting from these programs. I worked my whole life (was a Catholic school teacher) and paid into these programs. However, I am willing to forego some of my benefits to help balance our budget and keep my children’s livelihoods from being taxed beyond belief to pay for all the entitlements.
-J. Moore, Kentucky