money where our mouth is

On last week’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Tavis Smiley suggested that a nation’s “budgets are moral documents. And when we see what you put on the table, we know then what you really believe.”

What do we value? What do we consider most important? What do we consider expendable?

Some of those answers are found in the graph below (click on image to enlarge), put together by the folks at the Center for American Progress, which details the social service programs that could have been paid for by the various specific tax breaks that were granted to the wealthiest among us.

If we agree with Tavis Smiley, then these cuts, to both the taxes owed by our most financially secure citizens, and to the programs that provide the safety net commonly referred to as economic opportunity, or even economic equality, to our most economically burdened citizens, is a graph that expresses our nation’s morals today.

Read ’em and weep, as the saying goes.

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