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Personal story segment tonight last week -- national Catholic social justice lobby called network issued a press release calling a Mitt Romney.
Spend a day it would nuns working among the poor.
-- -- from Washington sister Simone Campbell an attorney and executive director of network.
-- organization believes the federal budget cuts are gonna hurt the poor but if the economy collapses sister under sixteen trillion dollar debt load.
The -- everybody else are going to be decimated have you taken it.
That into a -- Yes we've created with our interface partners here -- faithful budget and what the faithful budget calls for.
Is reasonable revenue to pay for these responsible programs that we saw.
One of the things that many people don't realize is that Catholic sisters were on many programs in our country for low income folks.
We take some of the federal money we leverage it with donations and private contributions and create really amazing responsible programs that we -- And I don't think there's anybody arguing that -- -- Catholic Charities you're organization do amazing work.
Among the poor but let's just stick with the government here for -- -- for a minute there because you've called on governor Romney come down and that implies that you believe he doesn't -- Wouldn't care about the plight of the poor people that's the application right.
Well I think he may care but that he had that he ran last week described them as being lazy is not being in touch as I can -- might be oversimplifying.
It and but but let's just stay I'm not -- I archives so my job to defend governor Romney.
Nineteen in the early 1970s I worked in Appalachia you know Appalachia right yes they -- one of the most.
And in remains one of the most.
Devastated poorest areas in the country.
At that time unemployment was 11% in the country.
I'm sorry the poverty rate was 11%.
The poverty rate is 15%.
Is gone up 4% since nineteen so we have very well wait wait wait sister -- poverty rate is gone up 4%.
Despite 26 trillion dollars.
In government spending.
I'm means entitlement to come back that it's gone off.
So if you look at wages wages have stayed totally flat during that time understand that I'm more -- -- you.
That is more the issue because folks making minimum wage are below the poverty level.
Whereas in the seventies folks making minimum wage or above the party do you want -- guaranteed we need you is that what you want in this country.
Say well every every family gets a certain amount of money invade owner of the government gives it to woman's out -- to knock -- The issue is -- folks like I met on a recent bus trip in Milwaukee and that Billy his wife and two kids.
He is ours -- reduced he's now living below the poverty line -- -- he continues to work it is part time job.
To keep what -- we absolutely she's in your mind to that problem.
Then I believe that does food stamp program that we have as a supplement we have agreed to.
Which are both to the individual but they're also a business supplement.
Because this allows his look and you'll.
35% of the population is now on some kind of wealthier here that's up from 6%.
So we are becoming what you I guess want.
They are getting this is a trillion dollars a year going and you don't program you don't -- I would really prefer living wages but are so you want -- guaranteed wage is that what you want.
Well what twenty UY I we are asking you on the interview lawyers his job what you are very easy to -- lobbying group.
What do you lobbying for do you wanna -- -- being -- every American family of mortgage 30000 worked out to work pragmatic work pragmatic.
-- it earned income tax credit is a great program that.
Actually congress went triangle and want to tell me what I want on its money in the pockets of hard working people that are living below alternative left so if they had he had -- -- and you wanna give it to them to a certain keys that are.
My -- is people are earning it the other challenge we face is that for every job opening right now.
Therefore applicants so I believe what we have to deal with the -- by raising taxes we can't afford the bush here at tackle what it wouldn't work well sort if you raise taxes what if that makes the economy worse.
What -- unemployment -- get walloped.
President passed its constructive and that's -- -- it looks what happened.
If you really believe in free market than what we want to do -- shift money to where there's pent up demand there's pent up demand that the bottom not at the top.
And the Ryan budget -- money to the top not to the bottom.
So the Ryan budget won't do anything to stimulate the economy and I think President Obama has done going well for the poor it is almost four years in office do you think he's done well for the poor.
He's done better than Ryan at the Ryan budget would do about how how he does better -- poverty the poverty level is at the -- you know it's it's fifteen of them.
But the Hollywood is -- let me go the issues the economy and you have don't -- -- right.
Generally the president hasn't -- I -- -- I entitlement spending -- all the top all the government spending has made it worse.
Now actually it hasn't what at least fifteen minutes and says here the statue of this acts.
Well that's that's -- the -- but let's look at what's accomplished folks are working folks are engaged.
Folks are taking care of their kids and if it's because of flat wages -- it's about time we address the issue of wages.
That's what Jesus would say paid to the labor what is worth this defines us and we appreciate your good work in a very spirited debate thank you very.
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