Hunger strike aims at congressional cuts
March 28th, 2011
02:03 PM ET
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Hunger strike aims at congressional cuts

(CNN) Amid a delicate dance to cut the budget in Congress, agitated religious leaders in Washington said Monday that the cuts being proposed are too deep.

Food aid for people at home and abroad, mosquito nets, and Head Start preschool programs are all on the chopping block. That, many religious leaders say, has crossed a moral line. In response, they have begun a fast – a hunger strike.

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  1. MJ

    America has become a Nation of Entitlements. With the enormous multi-trillion debt we all need to make sacrifices. Let them stage a "Hunger Strike" – for what purpose does it serve? Everyone needs to cut back and live within their means.

    March 28, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    These "religious leaders" are perfectly at liberty to seek private donations to fund their various bits of do-goodery. Trying to extort support for that sort of thing from taxpayers has crossed that moral line, not to mention, in the case ofthe federal government, the Constitutional line.

    I'll support charitable causes–of my own choosing. It's absolutely inappropriate for these "religious leaders" to attempt to demand I support charities of their choosing, especially when that involves things like Head Start which has been demonstrated to have no persistent effect on kids past second grade and is thus a typical government enormous waste of money.

    March 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Better yet, cut off health insurance and all the raises (retroactively) for the congress. They are working for corporations, not us. Let them get ALL their money and health care from their campaign donations. FIRE THEM!!

    March 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I applaud the efforts of the religious leaders, but that will not stop the fascists republican regime in Washington or around the country from doing what everyone with a conscience can clearly see is morally wrong. For a party that tries so desperately to get the evangelical , they sure do alot of immorral things. They need to ask themselves: What Would Jesus Do?

    March 28, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    But I thought the GOP and conservatives had the market on Krischun morality cornered? Someone needs to remind these priests and other religius leaders that they're supposed to just go along with whatever the GOP says and then nod sagely as the GOP/conservatives explain that only through pious adherence to the religion of capitalism may economic salvation be obtained...all else, particualrly the idea of an egalitarian, equitable distribution of wealth, is heresy of the highest order. They intend to bring this entire country to its knees in order to benefit their corporate and ultra-wealthy masters. NOTHING else matters to them.

    PROSTRATE YOURSELVES BEFORE CORPORATE AMERICA OR ELSE. That's right...get ready to face Wall Street 5 times a day and bow your head to your keyboard or whatever other implement of serfdom marks your "calling."

    March 28, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Cut food and education for children but keep having trilion dollar wars, just like the right wingers drew it out and Obama is following...nice going America

    March 28, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. jsr

    Leaders from every religion should be counted and fasting. Clergy only have to see its representation @ Capital as a clear message on why ITS religion is becoming irrelevant. They lost their moral voice, conscious, and God knows

    March 28, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. geecee

    Of course, cut the social programs!! Don't worry about Corporations hoarding their cash, shipping their headquarters overseas to prevent paying taxes, let the corporations do whatever it takes to keep the economy sluggish and stagnant. After all, if the economy improves, Obama may just get re-elected and hey, the Corporations don't want him to give another term! That's what it's all about. So, cut those social programs that amount to a tiny fraction of the U.S. Budget deficit. Instead, let the Corporations get away with whatever they can to cheat this Country and it's people, feed their greedy stockholders and PRETEND that it creates jobs when THEY keep more money. Right, sure, we believe them!!!!

    March 28, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. diridi

    if the budget cuts take place on essentials any way, you go hunger....why hunger strike....GOP thugs will do it....obama, do not cut on essential things, like food, infrastructure, medicare, social security., etc.well, we are progressing, it is becoming like another third world nation....it is a progress!!!!!!,

    March 28, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. desi

    Well,I don,t understand, Evangelicals are all republicans? No womens rights, No abortion, are the reason they vote for them. They don,t need Leadership Skills,just be anti-choice,they,ll vote for it. If you don,t like severe cuts in education,Medicare,cuts to the elderly,poor,unemployed, "Don,t do "crazy things like 'Vote Gop or Tea! Simple as that? You want to protect Human Eggs,but you let people die everyday,because they have no "Insurance" ?????

    March 28, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    What are the pious GOP'ers gonna do now? If they're so religious and morally superior, how can they ignore this group of religious folks?? I guess they're not so high and mighty after all, like we didn't know that already. Everyone knows why the GOP targets these programs...they are aimed at helping the poorer population, which the GOP is not the least bit interested in helping.

    March 28, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. S. In California - Obama 2012

    NO HUNGER STRIKE NEEDED. Just throw out ALL the republicans you voted into office and the next time you vote – vote not based on anger but reality.

    March 28, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Sgt Schultz

    Cutting food aid and education are band-aids to appease the right-wing Robber Barons. Stop giving the wealthy and well-connected tax subsidies on the backs of the working class and vulnerable. What will those cuts save less than 1% of the budget? Get real...start making some REAL cuts that are more than 1% and that don't force more tax burden on the already overtaxed and exploited working class.

    March 28, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. MAC

    I am not for taxing religious institutes, but if they insist on raisng taxes on working people, that includes the rich, maybe they should be taxed. If we do not cut the budget, then we need to raise taxes. Or they can stop building these mega buildings and do more charity work. My church is simple and does great charity work.

    March 28, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Shari from Madison

    I applaud these religious leaders. The cuts the Republican's are proposing attack the poorest people while the tax cuts go to the rich, selfish egotistical upper class. The cuts attack those least able to protest. The Republican's care only for those whose beliefs, morals and lifestyles mirror their own. Anyone who doesn't swallow their garbage can just drown in the garbage. After all, the Christian God most say they believe in is a god of their own making, one who has little to do with the person, Jesus, they claim to follow.

    March 28, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We haven't heard one peep from Repubs about jobs or the budget. Republicans are so darn happy that don't have to address jobs or the budget because they can distract the American people to Libya. Americans aren't stupid because 1st the Repubs complain that Obama wasn't doing anything, then they complain he should have acted sooner, then why didn't he let us know, now he needs to explain, etc. EVERYTHING BUT JOBS AND THE BUDGET PEOPLE.

    March 28, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Mikey

    Com'on. This budget thing is a win win for the right. The rich can pay a smaller % of their disposable income than the middle class AND the dimwit childen of dimwit conservatives don't have to compete on a level playing field with a large percentage of the country, because we make the poor (disporportunately minority) go to inferior schools and live in communities with inferior resources. The American way is not to guarantee success to anyone, but to give a reasonable chance to everyone by providing a somewhat level playing field for most. The right is chipping away at what has made our country great for 200 years.

    March 28, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. harrhar

    I'm sorry, but how else did the religious conservative republican base think the republicans were going to cut the deficit? Certainly not by taxing their friends...if only people looked beyond labels and researched.

    March 28, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. DJ

    Amen! It's morally repugnant to push cuts that hurt children, elderly, and vulnerable people, all the while making sure that the rich are protected from impacts. Shows something ugly about the characters of the people who find this acceptable. And shame on the people who support them!

    March 28, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. rob

    Every group or person who receives assistance from the federal Govt will have many reasons that their programs should not be cut. There are thousands of reasons not to cut any programs. Advocacy groups and Democrats in particular will trot out "Victims" of budget cuts they will call "Draconian", "Mean Spirited", "Harmfull", "Dangerous", and of course "RADICAL". This is the plan for the left to regain power in 2012 but if they are succesful and we don't get controll of spending there won't be any money for anything accept debt repayment within 20 years.

    Nov. 2012 will be the most important election in our lifetimes. It will either mark our spiraling downward as a world and economic power or a rebirth of Americas promise and hope for the worlds future. I believe the American people will be smart enough to reject the Democrats tired playbook of class warfare and demonizing their opponents and choose candidates who will face our real crisis with real plans to fix this before its too late.

    March 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sounds to me like they need to get in contact with the "Good vs. Evil" crowd: Huckabee, Pawlenty, Sanctorum, et al and make THEM understand. A litte fasting woudln't hurt Huckabee or Babar the Elephant one bit, by the way, and may actually give them 'clarity' of thought.

    I happen to agree with these clerics, but a s a Catholic who has been to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, may I suggest that charity starts at home.... auction anyone?

    March 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |