“A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are,” said Representative Rob Woodall, Republican of Georgia and a member of the Budget Committee earlier this week as reported in the New York Times.
And so the House Republicans propose an increase to military, cut out the Affordable Care Act, cut food stamps, and more.
The values of the proposal are immoral - against the common good and the poor.
Not pretty, not moral, not what the US has been about.
The Vatican had a statement several years ago that said, "Armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve."
A Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower stated: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
In the midst of this the Democratic White House want to send, in the next year, one billion dollars for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador - supporting the militarization here in Honduras.
But here in Honduras the president seeks to make official a militarized police. There is already a military police that sometimes assumes the roles of a civilian police force – or works together with the civilian police force.
In addition, the budgets for health and education are inadequate. Many public health centers have hardly any medicine, despite the national government’s obligation to provide medicine several times a year.
And so I weep for the US, Honduras - and for the world.