In response to this blog post, I printed out the letter below and sent it to my 2 senators and 1 congressman.
Aug 6, 2011
Representative Kevin Yoder
Cannon House Office Building, Room 214
Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE
Washington, DC 20515-1603
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Representative Yoder,
As people of faith, we are committed to fiscal responsibility and
shared sacrifice. We are also committed to resist budget cuts that
undermine the lives, dignity, and rights of poor and vulnerable people.
Therefore, we join with others to form a Circle of Protection around
programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at
home and abroad.
1. The nation needs to substantially reduce future deficits, but not at
the expense of hungry and poor people.
2. Programs focused on reducing poverty should not be cut. They should
be made as effective as possible, but not cut.
3. We urge our leaders to protect and improve poverty-focused
development and humanitarian assistance to promote a better, safer
4. National leaders must review and consider tax revenues, military
spending, and entitlements in the search for ways to share sacrifice
and cut deficits.
5. A fundamental task is to create jobs and spur economic growth.
Decent jobs at decent wages are the best path out of poverty, and
restoring growth is a powerful way to reduce deficits.
6. The budget debate has a central moral dimension. Christians are
asking how we protect "the least of these." "What would
Jesus cut?" "How do we share sacrifice?"
7. As believers, we turn to God with prayer and fasting, to ask for
guidance as our nation makes decisions about our priorities as a
8. God continues to shower our nation and the world with blessings. As
Christians, we are rooted in the love of God in Jesus.
Affirmed and signed by,
Mr. Donald Miller
31310 W 172nd Ter
Gardner, KS 66030-9202