I’ll admit to being surprised that MoveOn.org sent an email out today calling for fasting. At first I thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank. After all this was the same organization that had a web ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI holding a gavel in front of the Supreme Court saying: “God already has a job, he does not need one on the Supreme Court.” (Yet, neither one was an April Fools Joke.)
Here’s a snippet from MoveOn.org’s email:
When Congress can seriously debate forcing veterans into homelessness and cutting food aid to pregnant women and children, while giving tax breaks to billionaires, something is very, very wrong.
That’s why this morning, I joined, along with the heads of seven other major progressive organizations, in an ongoing fast launched by religious leaders to protest the brutal and unjust budget cuts being debated in Washington.
Those who will go hungry because of these cuts are largely invisible to decision-makers in Congress. By fasting in solidarity, we have an opportunity to make their suffering visible, and expose the immorality of this policy.
I just can’t take this seriously. You would think based on this email that House Republicans are slashing the size of the federal government in half. Hardly. House Republicans are trying to cut $61 billion. Sounds like a lot? The budget is $3.456 trillion or to put in another way: 3,456 billion dollars. How can cutting 61 out of 3,456 billion be considered draconian? It’s more like a modest, if not tiny, cut in spending. If we can’t cut $61 billion from this bloated federal budget then I fear we’re heading toward Greece-style bankruptcy.