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April 30, 2014 - 2:39 pm

After House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) sat down with the Congressional Black Caucus for a closed-door meeting today, Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) appealed to their common faith in an effort to get Ryan to view poverty in his home state.

Ryan met with the CBC to discuss race and poverty after comments he made about inner-city poverty last month and whether men in the areas were willing to work.

Clay said he told Ryan that a visit to St. Louis would show him the “devastating” effects that his Path to Prosperity budget plan would have on the city’s working class.

“Although we are of different parties, we share the same faith tradition, and hopefully, the core human values that our mother church considers to be universal matters of social and economic justice for all people,” Clay wrote in a letter that he delivered to Ryan. “Today, with an open heart, I extend a personal invitation to you, as a fellow Catholic, to come to St. Louis to experience first-hand, the devastating impact that the proposed House FY15 Republican budget would have on thousands of hard-working citizens whom I am honored to represent.”

Clay added that “a budget is a blueprint of our values…a moral roadmap of what really matters to real people.”

“I am sorry to report that in the State of Missouri, the proposed Republican FY15 budget would deprive over 13,000 low-income students of Pell Grants; leave over 3,000 at-risk children with no access to Head Start; allow over 1700 abused women to lose the protection of the STOP Violence Against Women Program; and would force almost 90,000 seniors to pay more for their medications by enlarging the Medicare Part D drug donut hole,” the congressman continued.

“Your budget would also slash federal support for cherished Catholic nonprofit institutions like the renowned St. Patrick Center which has transformed the lives of thousands of homeless citizens from dependency to independence and dignity,” Clay said. “I appeal to you as a fellow brother in faith to join me in earnest dialogue regarding our nation’s budget priorities.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"Clay added that “a budget is a blueprint of our values…a moral roadmap of what really matters to real people.”"

How moral is it to bequest future generations $17 trillion in debt?
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Clay added that “a budget is a blueprint of our values…a moral roadmap of what really matters to real people.”
No, a budget is a plan for income and expenditures. In the case of a government budget -- at any level -- it's a measure of what has been compelled from the people in taxes and how the government intends to affect our lives.
Rep. Ryan's personal values are supposed to inform his own spending.
The Constitution, with its definite responsibilities, is supposed to inform federal spending. Every dollar collected or borrowed has been diverted from another use; every dollar expended is governmental meddling in society. Both should be kept to a minimum.
Well, except for my military pension. You can raise that if you like.
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"we share the same faith tradition"

The phrase "faith tradition" is a clear sign that the speaker doesn't actually have any faith, they just play-act as if they do. First I heard it was from the Clintons, and that guideline hasn't steered me wrong yet.

BTW, Rep. Clay -- Jesus never ordered his followers to rob from others to help the poor.
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How about Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) take a good look at the horrible 'help' he and fellow democrats have given to the blighted areas in cities controlled by their party. I know logic isn't a strong suit with democrats but can someone PLEASE sit down with these dimwits and show them the cause and effect for the past 60-70 years that have lead up to what we're seeing in these large democratic enclaves?

Pretty please?

Damn Pres Johnson and his 'War on Poverty'! See what you've wrought you bastard?


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If a budget is a reflection of morals...what is the failure to even submit a budget to the American people for years?

A total absence of morals?

How about a Presidential budget so lacking in value...it has never garnered a single vote...from anyone?

Moral bankruptcy?

30 weeks ago
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I'll admit that Rep. Clay handled this better then Rev. Sharpton on his best day, not that I agree with the Representative from Missouri.
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Howdy Darkstarsf
And for that we should give credit. The usual MO has been to portray Rep. Ryan as evil incarnate.
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Because obviously if the federal government doesn't do all the moral things, the states won't, and the communities won't, and the churches -- Catholic and otherwise -- won't.

Two words, Rep. Clay: Tenth Commandment.

Oh, and THEOCRACY!!!!!1!!!!!!1!1!!!!eleventyhundredandeleventy!!!
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"Clay added that “a budget is a blueprint of our values…a moral roadmap of what really matters to real people.”"

How moral is it to bequest future generations $17 trillion in debt?
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I thought we weren't supposed to impose our morality on other people...

Someone should tell the rest of the Democrat party that Clay's mis-using the budget like this!
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We're not -- neither the negative morality of forbidding that which we do not like, but which threatens no one else, nor the positive morality of demanding gifts or even acceptance.
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Yeah, that line struck me as well. Who knew budgets were such rare containers? Moral! Now they tell us.
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