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Diane and Jeff Gerst, Erhard, Minn., Published August 20 2012

Ryan’s budget fails moral test

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan professes to be a Catholic, yet the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops say that his budget proposal fails a “basic moral test.” NETWORK, a National Catholic Lobby, states that Ryan’s proposal would:

• Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.

• Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.

• Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 3 million off health care.

A faithful budget would:

• Provide reasonable revenue for responsible programs.

• Put Americans back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges and schools.

• Ensure that millionaires don’t pay lower tax rates than working families and that everyone pays their fair share.