Mission: 1: Shrink the deficit without cuts to vital social programs
The powerful deficit reduction Super Committee
holds our nation’s future in its hands. Tell the committee to do the right
thing by protecting vital services at a time of great
need, especially hunger programs that feed millions here at home and around the
Congress charged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction with
identifying $1.2 to $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23, 2011.
Then Congress has until the end of the year to vote on it, up or down, without
The deficit could be reduced through a combination of spending cuts
and tax increases. But some committee members prefer to use spending cuts alone
including cuts in anti-hunger programs. When millions of Americans are facing
hardships, Congress must not cut these programs. Tell the Super Committee to
reduce the deficit through tax increases for wealthy households and
corporations, and cuts in military spending, not cuts in social programs.
Raise taxes on wealthy
households and corporations: With federal revenues lower than at any
time since 1950, deficit reduction requires additional revenue. Wealthy
households and corporations, having done very well in recent years, should pay
more in taxes.
Cut military spending: Over
the past decade, spending on the military and homeland security has risen by
more than 50%. But now with troops leaving Iraq and the Afghanistan war coming
to an end, even the House of Representative has agreed that cuts of over $1 trillion
are feasible. The Super Committee should significantly cut military
The Super Committee and Congress can shrink the deficit
without cuts in safety net program that feed hungry people such as food stamps
and unemployment insurance. Tell the
Super Committee: no cuts to social programs. Instead, raise taxes on
wealthy households and corporations, and cut military spending.
For more information
on the options for deficit reduction, see Shrinking
the Deficit – Four Options.
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