The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution commits this nation to promoting the general welfare. In faith language, we would call that the "common good." The federal budget should reflect a commitment to the common good by ensuring that the basic needs of all members of society are met.
At this time when nearly 46 million Americans are uninsured, 37 million live in poverty, one in five children lives in a household experiencing food insecurity, and unemployment remains at historically high levels, additional cuts to critical human needs programs cannot be justified. At same time, a recent report also notes that the richest 1% of the U.S. population has increased its income by 275% in the last 30 years.
Assisting our citizens who are poor, need health care or education, are unemployed, etc., should be our No. 1 priority. Instead, our local politicians like Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) prattle on about "no new taxes," even (maybe especially?) for the Newport Beach yacht club set that funds him and his campaigns.