As Jim Wallis of Sojourners has said in the past: the budget is a moral document. The richest 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all American households combined and yet their tax rate has fallen by about half in the past 20 years. Meanwhile, the Congressional budget proposals would increase defense spending.

There is a choice here. Mark Bittman, a food columnist for The New York Times, writes: "We can take care of the deficit and rebuild our infrastructure and strengthen our safety net by reducing military spending and eliminating corporate subsidies and tax loopholes for the rich. Or we can sink further into debt and amoral individualism by demonizing and starving the poor."

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