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Blog: At What Cost Will States Balance Their Budgets?

May 24, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

H.R. 1683, deceptively titled the State Flexibility Act, puts children, the elderly and disabled people in grave danger, and if passed, would leave hundreds of thousands people uninsured. Read more

Guest Blog Post: The Budget Reflects Our Values

May 20, 2011 | By Fr. John S. Rausch

Fr. John S. Rausch reminds us that, "with wealth comes power. Translated into politics, the super-rich can inordinately influence legislation and special interest tax breaks." Meanwhile, people of less means are forced "to face their own financial tsunami." Read more

Blog: Gifts for the Oil Companies

May 18, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Yesterday, the Senate made a terrible decision! They disallowed a bill which would eliminate the giving away $20 billion from the taxes we all pay. This $20 billion goes to the big five oil companies (not affecting the smaller local oil companies), which raked in over $10 billion in profits (not total revenue) in just the first three months of this year. Read more

Blog: Rep. Ryan, Medicare and the Economy

May 17, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Speaking in Chicago on Monday, May 16, Representative Paul D. Ryan touted his plan to privatize Medicare as the way to “grow the economy.”  Read more

Blog: Democrats and Republicans Agree - It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan

May 16, 2011 | By David Golemboski

Over the past two weeks, a number of members of Congress have spoken out about the war in Afghanistan, often side-by-side with colleagues from the opposite party. In Washington, D.C. This is no ordinary occurrence! Read more

Blog: A Crack in America’s Foundation

May 12, 2011 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Most of us know that the huge wealth gap between a tiny fringe of super-rich Americans and most of the rest of us has grown to historic proportions. But do we understand that this gap robs all of us? By that, I don’t mean just financially. Read more

Blog: Improving Our Workforce Policies

May 12, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Kudos to CLASP for bringing together a dynamic panel of speakers -- crossing political spectrums and administrations -- to bluntly discuss obstacles that stand in the way of common-sense workforce development policy. Read more

Blog: All Signs Point in One Direction - Out of Afghanistan

May 10, 2011 | By David Golemboski

Our faith convictions, our national economic situation, and our concern for the Afghan people all lead us to the same conclusion: it is time for the U.S. to end the war in Afghanistan and turn its attention to building up Afghan civil society through diplomacy and development. Read more

Blog: Lobbying for Human Rights and Fair Trade in Colombia

May 10, 2011 | By David Golemboski

Over the past three weeks, NETWORK and other members of the Interfaith Working Group on Trade & Investment have been making visits to congressional offices to talk about the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Read more

Taxes Off the Table?

May 06, 2011 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

This morning I read the headline “Boehner Says Only Taxes Off the Table in Debt Reduction Talks” and was once again outraged. Read more

Blog: House Budget Resolution a Dead End for Hardworking Families

Apr 28, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

The recent Republican House Budget Resolution (H Con Res 34), passed entirely with  House Republican support (235-193), is the greatest attack on safety-net protections the American people have seen in decades. Read more

Blog: Please, Stop Calling Me a Taxpayer!

Apr 18, 2011 | By Mary Georgevich

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the way we talk about citizenship in this country. Especially when it comes to taxes and citizenship. Read more

Blog: The Good News about Taxes

Apr 15, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Taxes are the means with which we all work together towards a greater good. Tax season is the perfect time to examine exactly where our federal taxes are spent. Read more

Blog: Standing Together for Economic Justice

Apr 14, 2011 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

The top 1% of our population who have amassed so much wealth over the last 30 years are totally dependent on the workers in the country for creating that wealth. Read more

Blog: We Must Speak Out Against Immoral Budget Cuts

Apr 12, 2011 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

Yesterday I participated in a press conference with Senator Mark Begich from Alaska and other faith leaders. We spoke out against the House Republican Budget proposal that will add dramatic financial burdens to the elderly, families, and children while continuing to give BIG tax give-aways to millionaire and billionaire Republican campaign contributors. Read more