Quote of the Day – October 22, 2012
While claims and counterclaims swirl bewilderingly in political ads, something unusual has happened. More than 1,900 organizations nationwide, representing millions of people, have come together in support of four principles to guide our nation on a responsible path. Under the heading Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All, these groups have signed a letter to Congress urging that any budget plan (1) protect low-income and vulnerable people; (2) promote job creation to strengthen the economy; (3) increase revenues from fair sources, and (4) seek responsible savings by targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and elsewhere.
The groups signing the letter are united in believing that cutting WIC nutrition aid to 750,000 young children and pregnant women, reducing reading and math help to 1.8 million low-income school children, or ending job training for 413,000 adults and youth would be irresponsible and wasteful. We cannot rebuild our economy if neither today’s nor tomorrow’s workers are prepared to contribute. Placing babies and toddlers at risk for the health and developmental problems that too often accompany poor nutrition is wrong. It is also wrong to leave retirees shivering as 734,000 fewer households receive home heating assistance. The SAVE for All letter’s signers believe these choices are shameful because they are needless; we are a nation wealthy enough to have alternatives. -Excerpted from Deborah Weinstein’s article “Congress still has time to get it right”, originally published on Politico.