The Progressive Budget: A Duty to the Poor

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October 04, 2012 AT 4:20 PM
Also referred to as "The People's Budget," or "The Budget 4 All," the U. S. House of Representatives Progressive Caucus budget would balance the nation's budget in 10 years, mostly through defense cuts and tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. The Progressive Caucus consists of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 75 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and aims to "give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society." In an interview conducted during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Ellison explains how the budget works and why he feels it's the most moral way to solve the country's formidable economic woes. "The Budget 4 All is based on not only fiscally sound principles, but also morally sound principles because we do believe, to whom much is given, much is expected," Ellison, a Muslim, said. "We do believe that we have a duty to the poor. We do believe that we need to make sure that the workman is paid for his hire. And it is the kind of thing that people, who have a faith orientation, no matter what particular religious group they come from, will recognize." For more information on the budget plan, visit Washington Post: How would economists rate the budget?