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Fixing the Moral Deficit
A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget

By Ronald J. Sider

About the Book

The national deficit is certainly a crisis. But alongside it a moral deficit is exploding as well.

Some want to unjustly thrust the burden of the debt on our grandchildren. Others want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. But both plans are morally bankrupt.

There is a way—a realistic way, a moral way—to fix the deficit. We can break political gridlock with solutions that stand on a foundation of solid values and fair play. If you are tired of politics as usual that fails to operate as if people mattered, take heart in Ron Sider's balanced, practical approach. Consistent with deeply Christian principles, he offers a way forward that truly provides justice for all.

  1. Written for those who want a balanced and realistic solution to the deficit crisis that takes the importance of people into account
  2. Includes concrete proposals that can actually work
  3. Offers solutions that break political gridlock by focusing on values and fairness

Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Crisis Is Real

2. Crucial Economic Data: "Just the Facts Ma'am"
3. The Big Questions in the Debate
4. Current Proposals: Simply Not Good Enough
5. A Better Way

6. We Can Do It

Action Steps

Notes

Index

Praise for Fixing the Moral Deficit

"Ron Sider always brings together rigorous policy analysis and sound biblical principles to address political, social and economic issues. Fixing the Moral Deficit is a penetrating description of our nation's budget battle and shows how to bring a strong Christian perspective to it. It explains how our country got into a deficit crisis, why current proposals simply aren't good enough, and how we can get out of it in critical areas—including increased tax revenue and necessary spending cuts—while continuing to assist and empower poor people. He believes that Christians and other people of goodwill can work together to end the crisis in a way that is both economically sound and morally just. I agree, and commend this book to anyone who shares Ron's passion for a healthy future. Deficits are indeed moral issues, and how we resolve them is a moral issue too."
—Jim Wallis, president and CEO, Sojourners

"Thank God for this book! It gives the best survey of America's disastrous debt crisis, along with biblically based critiques of the options to resolve this crisis that are being proposed on Capitol Hill. What's more, Ron gives morally workable alternatives to these proposals."
—Tony Campolo, professor emeritus, Eastern University

"For decades, Ron Sider has been helping Christians engage the political system without compromising our primary allegiance to Jesus and his cross. For years, Ron has been exorcising the demons from Capitol Hill and the Pentagon—and he invites us all to join the charge against the principalities and powers that possess our nation and threaten our hearts. Here is Ron's most recent masterpiece on one of the most urgent issues facing this experiment we call the United States of America."
—Shane Claiborne, author and activist, www.thesimpleway.org

"I read everything Ron Sider writes because he makes me think through angles and issues that I might not consider. He'll do the same for you."
—Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life