Thursday, December 06, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: "Cutting off Your Nose to Spite Your Face'

Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, recently wrote a great piece in the blog Think and Act Anew about the impact that the fiscal cliff would have on non-profit organizations that serve the poor and vulnerable. 

Here is an excerpt:
As discussions to address the impending “fiscal cliff” continue, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is working to ensure that policymakers are aware of how their federal spending decisions have the potential to significantly impact the more than 46 million individuals that are living in poverty in this country.

As I stated during a recent interview I had with a reporter at Time, “If we have to cut back our services, then the government is just going to have more people at their door. It really is one of those things where you cut off your nose to spite your face.”

While we realize that tough choices will be made as part of this country’s difficult economic situation, we reject the notion that those most vulnerable among us should feel the biggest impact.
Through visits with Congressional staff and letters such as this one, CCUSA has been actively calling on Congress to prioritize investment in initiatives that have proven to be efficient and effective, ensuring taxpayer dollars are being spent not on government bureaucracy, but on the people in communities across the country who continue to struggle.
Read full piece CCUSA and Fiscal Cliff

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