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Vital Truths Behind Debt Ceiling Debate - Compassion or Corruption?

Monday, 16 May 2011 09:56 By Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, Truthout | Message
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Dear Truthout Community,

Today could very well go down in history as a turning point, as the US Treasury hits the debt ceiling, the US government’s legal borrowing limit.

There is a simple truth that is not discussed elsewhere in the media’s budget sideshow:

We're borrowing that money from rich Americans and corporations - instead of taxing them like we used to. As of January, over 42 percent of our debt was owned by people and institutions in the United States!

The rich and powerful in the US are perfectly happy with deficit spending - they love lending money instead of actually having to pay taxes. By conveniently avoiding this fact, the media discussion can be full of bombast and political posturing between the two parties, without ever getting to the truth.

As the right-wing forces in both parties push for social spending cuts and as "moderate" politicians cower in fear, Truthout will continue to stand with those who work to solve budget problems with logical and ethical solutions. With your help, we'll keep bringing you the powerful analysis and news that will empower a real discussion.

By supporting Truthout this month, you'll be strengthening this growing hub for the expression of a progressive morality. With your contribution, our organization will continue to stand against exploitation.

The choices are simple - we can either take care of our country and our fellow Americans with compassionate policy, or we can live in a plutocracy governed by scarcity, fear and neglect. Help us spread the message and activate this morality for our shared future.

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Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Director of Development

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

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