From reading the papers and listening to the news, we are hearing about budget cuts, shorter school years, reduced services, and more budget cuts. Seniors are competing with kids, healthcare is competing with transportation, and the hungry are competing with people with disabilities. The most vulnerable are vying for pieces of a pie that will never feed us all!
But that’s the shell game! We follow the holes in the budget and see that they don’t add up, but we don’t see that the wealth exists in our state, if not in our state’s budget! The real problem is that we are not sharing the responsibility for taking care of our needs. Instead we are trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and most vulnerable in Oregon who are exactly the same folks who have been hardest hit by the economic crisis.Read More