Cuts for Me, Not for Thee
The Diocese of Providence and other religious institutions plan on preaching from the pulpit against a planned reduction in welfare spending. A plan that was passed by the General Assembly a year ago. The Interfaith Coalition wants to delay the cuts for another year, when, hopefully, the economy has rebounded. According to the Diocese of Providence’s Rev. Bernard Healy, “A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of our state leaders. The future of our children must be the first priority.”
Indeed. But sometimes, whether we like it or not, cuts have to be made. Sometimes institutions have to be consolidated, sometimes with little warning, because there aren’t enough people giving enough money to provide and maintain the same amount of services. Sacrifices are made and people adjust.
And sometimes providing our children, our future, with the same level of quality education becomes too expensive, particularly when trying to operate on reduced revenue. So schools simply have to be closed–even if with little warning. Yet, the kids can go to public or other private schools and they will adjust.
And sometimes it costs too much money to upgrade aging facilities that help the elderly, so they have to be closed, often with little warning. It’s the only fiscally responsible thing to do. The elderly move to other homes and adjust.
Now the Governor and the Legislature, faced with a fiscal crisis and after having given people a year to plan, are being chastised and asked to give just one more year. So many years have already been given.
No more. These cuts have been on the horizon and people should be more than ready to adjust. For those who don’t, I have faith that our religious institutions and our booming non-profit industry will continue to help as they can. In this, the state and its taxpayers are acting with the same sort of fiscal responsibility as exercised by the Catholic Church. No more, no less.