Posted by Daniel Moran
A group of Catholic nuns that garnered international attention for their “Nuns on the Bus” tour invited Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to spend time with them so they could show him the needs of struggling families. They did this in response to a recent attack ad from the Romney campaign that attacked social welfare programmes, calling them “demeaning.”
One of the nuns said, “Recent advertisements and statements from the campaign of Governor Romney demonize families in poverty and reflect woeful ignorance about the challenges faced by tens of millions of American families in these tough economic times. We are all God’s children and equal in God’s eyes.” She went on to say, “Efforts to divide us by class or score political points at the expense of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters reveal the worst side of our country’s politics.”
The same group of nuns have also criticised the proposed budget by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) which would cut government spending to social programmes that help low-income families, among other terrible conservative ideas, in a way to reduce the deficit. It also proposes not cutting defense spending as much as was agreed upon after the debt ceiling crisis last year. Of course, it does not call for an increase in revenue of some kind, such as, I don’t know, letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire for just the top two percent of earner which would bring in over $800 billion (yes, billion) over the next ten years (more than enough to pay for all of “Obamacare”).
Another sister from the group explained their stance by saying, “Paul Ryan has claimed to be a faithful Catholic, and I have no reason to suspect that that isn’t accurate. What we do know, and what the bishops agree with us on, is that the document, the budget that he wrote, is not a moral document. It is not a faithful budget. It is not consistent with the Catholic social teachings. He may claim one thing, but it is clearly in opposition to what we believe.”
I’m going to do something I’ve never done in my life: I’m going to agree with a bunch of nuns.
No. Seriously. I agree with every word they have said (except the parts about God and stuff). Mitt Romney does not and cannot understand what regular people are going through, and Paul Ryan’s proposed budget would go against almost everything Jesus taught about helping the poor and unfortunate. Aside from the Jesus thing, the Ryan budget is just a bad idea. I don’t care if it goes against the teachings of some guy who had a bestseller. It’s just a bad idea to cut funding that millions of American rely upon to survive.
I wonder if these nuns will get a lot of media attention and then Republicans decide to yank out from under them any tax exemptions they may have (which I have no idea if they do), because they are getting involved in politics. When it doesn’t benefit them, then Republicans are all for separation of church and state.