November 18, 2005

Shame on you

Just when we thought the House would do the right thing and not try to reduce deficits on the backs of the poor, they passed a budget in the wee hours of the morning that will throw working poor off Medicaid and Food Stamps, provide fewer subsidized student loans for their kids to go to college, and in a winter when heating costs have skyrocketed, will not provide additional Low Income Home Energy Assistance.

While they talk about about painful sacrifices -- which they won't personally feel -- they also want to pass a "five-year $57 billion tax cut that would more than undo the savings in the deficit-reduction measure."

It makes me think of the parable that the prophet Nathan used when he confronted King David in the Old Testament.

"In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor. The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers. But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb that he had bought...Now, the rich man received a visitor, but he would not take from his own flocks and herds to prepar a meal for the wayfarer who had come to him. Instead he took the poor man's ewe lamb and made a meal of it for his visitor." (II Samuel 12: 1-4 NAB)

Hearing that the rich man took the poor man's ewe lamb rather than take from his own flocks enraged King David -- and then made him ashamed when he realized it was he who had taken the ewe. Why does it not bring shame to Republicans to take the ewe lamb of Food Stamps rather than from the flocks of capital gains?