Budget Cuts Looming for Year 2013
By Don Flynn
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Bush's tax cuts are the problem.
WASHINGTON—An unintended consequence of the Super Committee’s failure to cut the deficit is a temporary reprieve from what is to come—massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts for the poor and the elderly.
Pundits said recipients of the governmental programs were spared the knife because they feared losing re-election.
Many of them believed that it was better to take no action before the election than to risk losing the support of many voters.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said that the big stumbling block in the Committee reaching an agreement was over extending tax cuts for the wealthy. Conversely, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) disagreed, arguing for “greater fiscal responsibility.”
The hot issue of tax cuts and other budgetary reductions and the 2012 election still cloud the near future.
Medicare and Medicaid dodged cuts for the moment, but 2012 looms as a momentous year when a beleaguered Congress may write or rewrite new laws and a national election or a Supreme Court decision could change everything.
Automatic cuts starting with $1.2 trillion are supposed to take effect as of 2013, “which means it's possible for Congress after the 2012 election to return and make changes,” Harvard economist Robert Blendon told The Spiritual Herald.
The collapse of the Super Committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, leaves in place Congress’ deal for automatic $...Read More
The decorative bulb is a strong, colorful symbol of Christmas.
BOSTON—Not so long ago, when Christmas was approaching, Americans got out the holly and ivy, put up the traditional tree, took the kids to visit Santa and grew weary of listening to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” ten times a day on the radio.
Those days are gone forever!
While Christians still love Christmas, there is a great deal of competition by a diversity of faiths and cultures who have brought their own set of holiday standards to the table.
Americans still traditionally hold to the Christmas events and church services, but they are mor...Read More
Barbara Ingram-Edmons and Rev. Dr. Luonne Rouse appeared recently at a roundtable held at District Council 37 in Manhattan.
NEW YORK—A petition campaign—aimed at urging Congress to support President Obama’s jobs legislation as well as other economic incentives for people of color—is picking up steam among churches in the New York metropolitan area.
To date, hundreds of signatures have been sent by churches of all faiths to Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality (CPRHE), which is sponsoring the campaign to obtain 25,000 signatures of churchgoers by the spring of next year.
Hugh Wyatt, chairman of the board of CPRHE, said: “While we are concerned about the...Read More