Seek the common good

By Charles Kwuelum

Every February, the president releases his budget request. The request for 2017 is $4.1 trillion. Budgets reflect our values as a nation, and the U.S. likes to think of itself as the world’s most generous country.

But will the budget help to overcome extreme poverty around the world? Unfortunately, this year’s budget would reduce funding for several poverty-focused development-assistance accounts. Already, less than 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget goes to international development activities, including food assistance, global health programs and international disaster assistance.

These proposed cuts are being made at a time of unrest and suffering, from Syria to Nigeria, South Sudan and Burundi. About 125 million people are devastated by wars, violent conflicts and natural disasters like drought and famine. More than 60 million have been forced from their homes. Women and children are affected the most…

Read the full article at Mennonite World Review.

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