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Money or Morality

Recorded on May 23, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

The federal budget isn't just about money; it's also about morality. That's what House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan told Catholic leaders in a letter.

It's common for Catholic leaders to urge that spending be maintained or increased on government programs designed to help the poor.

Ryan's letter notes that runaway government spending causes inflation that hurts the poor worse than anyone else, and that a bad economy decreases private donations to programs that assist the hungry, the sick, and the homeless. Ryan also points out that by reducing benefits to those who don't need them, his plan protects the help for those with the greatest need.

In other words, measuring compassion by the amount of government spending is a false yardstick. It's about morality—not just money—to stop Washington from pushing the next generation into bankruptcy to pay the price of today's big government.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.