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The Tea Party's Alternate Universe

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If you want to know why the country is hurtling towards a self-inflicted economic catastrophe, look no further than the op-ed pages of this morning's Washington Post which features a column from Judson Phillips, founder and chief executive of Tea Party nation.

Phillips writes, "Unfortunately, Boehner is not listening to those who elected him and is now pushing a plan with almost nonexistent budget cuts." Actually, the Boehner plan includes cuts of nearly $1 trillion, and demands more cuts in advance of a second vote to raise the debt ceiling early next year.

Phillips writes, "There is only one way you get a debt crisis - you spend too much money." Huh? We have a debt crisis in large part because of the Bush tax cuts. If we returned tax rates to where they were the day Bill Clinton left office, or even better, where they were the day Ronald Reagan left office, there would be no crisis.

Boehner & The Bishops

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According to Politico, Speaker John Boehner does not yet have the votes to pass his plan to raise the debt ceiling, cut government spending, raise no new taxes, and leave the Pentagon budget almost completely untouched. Good.

Boehner's plan is awful, as the USCCB indicated in its letter to members of Congress. The bishops quite explicitly echoed President Obama's call for a balanced approach to the problem of the government's long-term fiscal health. "A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons," they wrote. "It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly."

The full text of the USCCB letter can be found here.

Boehner & The Bishops

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According to Politico, Speaker John Boehner does not yet have the votes to pass his plan to raise the debt ceiling, cut government spending, raise no new taxes, and leave the Pentagon budget almost completely untouched. Good.

Boehner's plan is awful, as the USCCB indicated in its letter to members of Congress. The bishops quite explicitly echoed President Obama's call for a balanced approach to the problem of the government's long-term fiscal health. "A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons," they wrote. "It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly."

The full text of the USCCB letter can be found here.

Amb. Melady on Abp Sambi's Passing

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Ambassador Thomas Melady, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See during the administration of President George H. W. Bush sent the following message to the freinds and colleagues of Archbishop Sambi:

To the Family of Archbishop Sambi,

My wife Margaret and I just learned in Santa Cruz, Spain, about the passing of Archbishop Sambi. We extend our condolences to his family and his colleagues at the Embassy of the Holy See in Washington. I have been in regular contact with him since his arrival in Washington. He soon became a dear friend; he cared for people. He was a superb Nuncio of the Holy See. He also understood the pluralistic nature of US society. His passing is a loss to both the Holy See and the United States.

Warm best wishes,

Thomas Patrick Melady
Senior Diplomat in Residence, The Institute of World Politics
Former U.S. Ambassador to
Burundi, Uganda and the Holy See
President Emeritus
Sacred Heart University

Hispanics Hit Hardest by Recession

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A recent Pew Study indicates that income disparities have grown as a result of the recession, and that Hispanics have been especially hard hit.
This is the kind of fact that President Obama and his re-election team should be focusing on like a laser beam. It touches on issues of unemployment and the pressing need for mortgage assistance. It requires government intervention.

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