The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as several dozen other leftist Catholic clergy, have decided that Jesus Christ does not approve of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s 10-year deficit reduction plan. According to these left-wing heirs to the previous generation’s Falwellian “Moral Majority,” Ryan fails to meet Jesus’ criteria “for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the jobless.”
The Wisconsin Republican is made to look frightfully evil. Only a look at the truth reveals otherwise: Ryan’s budget wants to grow government by 3 percent a year. President Obama’s budget, which presumably is God-approved by the Bishops, wants to increase the government by 4.5 percent a year. So what the lefty clergy is telling us is that adding 3 percent to federal spending a year is a really evil thing to do.
The Old Testament tells is that “a gentle answer turneth away wrath.” Not in today’s hyperspending era for pols, where any talk of lessening cradle-to-grave dependency for “Julia” turns you into a heartless cur. Is it any wonder why those worried about the deficit are pessimistic about the future. Efforts to even slow the growth of government are attacked as assaults on kindness, Christianity and morality.
The real moral of this tragedy is that when the deficit is too great to ignore and U.S. credit is as worthy as Greece’s, it’s the poor who will take the most pain.
Pols and others serious about reducing the deficit can expect such tactics from opponents, secular or otherwise. They’ll offer no serious counter-proposal that will reduce the deficits long-term and preserve Social Security, tax-funded retirement plans, or Medicare. Instead, they will describe budget-cutting as cruel, callous, Randian, unchristian, hateful … choose your adjective.
Demagoguery, or appeals to divine justice, are preferred tactics of those without facts.