From the Arizona Daily Star
In the aftermath of a long and drawn-out political campaign, an election and the destructive superstorm Sandy, we might all be tempted to say, “Enough!”
We cannot allow ourselves to do that. We need to stay engaged and involved as faithful citizens. Lives are quite literally at stake in this lame-duck session of Congress. While it might seem anti-climactic, this session is highly important, not just for our country as we face the possibility of the devastating budget cuts required by sequestration, but also for millions of people around the world who need the assistance of the United States to survive and to continue on their path to economic development.
Because of Congress’ failure to address our deficit concerns, U.S international assistance for the impoverished faces potential additional cuts of 8.2 percent. These lifesaving accounts currently amount to less than 1 percent of the federal budget. Deeper cuts to U.S. poverty-focused international assistance would have a negligible effect on our budgetary problems but would have an enormous impact on many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
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