Tune in to see the President’s State of the Union Address tonight. In the interest of truth, here are some things you WON’T see:
You will NOT see:
Faces of those who will be pushed aside because of the devastating and immoral cuts to the federal budget
Photos of 2,300+ U.S. coffins flown back from Iraq
A chart showing the 250% INCREASE in terrorist attacks since 2000 and the 550% increase in deaths by terrorists
Posters showing no-bid contracts for Halliburton for the rebuilding of Iraq
A ticking display showing the $400+ Billion deficit
A billionaire sitting beside the first lady, smiling broadly because of the Administration-led and Congress-passed tax cuts that benefit only a handful of ultra-wealthy
An Exxon-Mobil executive holding up a sign saying “Thank you, Mr. President and Congress for refusing to bring up price gouging – we raked in the biggest quarterly profit in the history of the world.”
“Brownie” (President Bush’s pet name for former FEMA director Mike Brown) sitting in the balcony smiling broadly beside a grateful 9th Ward New Orleans resident, proud of our government policies that put people first.
Photos of U.S. Secret prisons showing humane treatment of its detainees.
Scientists applauding the U.S. for its refusal to join in the world-wide effort to stop green-house gases, even though the U.S. is the world’s biggest polluter.
You won’t see any of this, of course. But if you want to really know the state of the union, this is it. Is there anything we can do?
Absolutely! Right now, as a matter of fact. Tomorrow, riding the media wave from the President’s speech, the House of Representatives are voting on the 2006 federal budget – the insane and immoral one – and as of right now, it may actually PASS. That would be a moral disaster. You can try and stop it by calling your Representative and urging him or her to defeat this immoral budget. Otherwise, millions of the poorest among us will be affected – through slashes in health care, student loans, food stamps, and other critical services.
CALL YOUR REP HERE: 1-800-426-8073 *
After you’re connected with a staff person from your Representative’s office, tell them:
“My name is _______________ and I live in (your town/city). I would like Representative [name] to vote NO on the budget cuts bill (S.1932). This bill will cut billions in vital services and programs, including Medicaid, SSI, foster care, child care, child support and student aid. Now that Representative [name] has had time to read and understand the full harm of this bill, I urge him/her to vote against it."
If you can't get through on that line, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or find their direct line at www.house.gov.
Please act today - because this is one scene we do NOT want to see:
A White House transfer ceremony where people on food stamps, the poor elderly, those on medicare and medicaid officially hand over their remaining pennies to the billionaire elite.
Finally, be sure to read (or listen to) our Faithful State of the Union.
The Faithful State of the Union Address is here: http://www.faithfulamerica.org.
The AUDIO version is here: http://faithfulamerica.org/podcasts/fsoupodcast.mp3
The PDF version is here: http://www.faithfulamerica.org/resources/FSOUA.pdf
One final note: Early this morning, Corretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passed away. What an inspiring legacy of service she has left for us. She was often emboldened and strengthened by the words which in her tradition – the Christian faith – have moved so many to action. Here they are, for you – whatever your faith journey – to lift your eyes and move to you take action. They are from the writer of the book of Hebrews:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith..."
Know you do not run alone! Blessings,
Vince Isner and your FaithfulAmerica.org Team
PS: Please be sure to take time to add your name to those calling for the release of the Christian Peacemaking Team members being held in Iraq. We will send ALL of those who have signed the petition to the Middle East News Agency Al Jazeera, in hopes that those holding these innocent servants will listen, and let them come home.
Here is where to sign the petition: http://ga3.org/campaign/releasehostages
*The toll-free number is provided courtesy of the American Friends
Service Committee which has launched a budget campaign,
www.saveourservices.org. AFSC welcomes groups to circulate and use the
toll-free number in support of the non-partisan budget goals towards
which PCG always works and without linking the alert to a website
soliciting donations or actions which may be used to support partisan
lobbying or work.