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Sister Campbell: Ryan budget ‘antithetical to either scripture or sanity’

By Eric W. Dolan on August 13, 2012
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Sister Simone Campbell, a Catholic nun and executive director of NETWORK, on Monday blasted Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his budget plan.

“It’s totally antithetical to either scripture or sanity,” she told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. “We know the saying that if you want to keep doing the same thing over and over but expect a different result it is insanity. This idea that giving more tax cuts will create jobs, it hasn’t been true for the last ten years, it won’t work now. Really, the way to create or stimulate this economy is to shift money to where there is pent up demand… Where there is pent up demand is not at the top, it is at the bottom.”

Campbell said NETWORK had worked with Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups to develop a “faithful budget” as an alternative to Ryan’s budget plan.

“A number of organizations, including Bread for the World, has never had a position of taxes before, but has taken a position in favor of increasing revenue” rather that slashing spending on domestic programs, she explained.

Campbell noted that the Church was “in consensus around the immorality of the budget itself.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who represent all of the U.S. bishops on key issues, have claimed that cuts in Ryan’s budget plan are “unjustified and wrong” because they would hurt the poor while protecting the wealthy.

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