Fiscal responsibility, with moral sanity
Progressive activists, including some of my Christian friends, have staged hunger strikes to dramatize their objections to proposed budget cuts in Congress that would affect the poor. I care deeply about such cuts, but I have not joined the fast.
While I admire the compassion for the poor that motivates these actions, I think this is a time for deliberative decision-making about our nation’s long-term fiscal responsibility and moral sanity rather than a moment for dramatic gestures.
I believe that we have about five years to make the structural decisions that are essential to our nation’s financial health. If we do not make these decisions ourselves, eventually our creditors will force us to make them:
- We will have to reduce the size of our military dramatically, as well as the geopolitical ambitions that lead us to spend over $700 billion a year for what is by far the largest military in the world.
To even consider doing this will require a profound conversation about our national security theology and the quasi-imperial habits that have become deeply entrenched since World War II. A huge fight will be required to change such thinking and habits, and to challenge the massive economic and bureaucratic interests that will have to be defeated. But we must have that fight.
Read the rest of this article at The Associated Baptist Press.