Some of the best signs were “State of Shame,” “Stop the Cuts — No Balanced Budget on the Backs of the Poor,” and my favorite, “Zais and Haley – You Get Merit Pay, Too.”
There are two definitions of morality that fit in this context. The first is that morality relates to principles of right and wrong, and the second is that it is the code of conduct put forward by a society.
A moral budget would not cut the money a single mother with two children is expected to live on from $270 to $216 per month. I would love to see those who impose these Draconian cuts live on this pittance for one month to see what it is like.
As Dr. Lovelace so beautifully pointed out, most Medicare patients — about 70 percent are the elderly poor in nursing homes, with about 30 percent mothers and children. And they need to be able to breathe and hope. This is the state motto of South Carolina: “Dum Spiro, Spero,” meaning, “While I breathe, I hope.” A moral budget would give hope to all its citizens.