ELCA on the Tax Bill
I received the following November 27:
"Government is intended to serve God's purposes by limiting or countering narrow economic interests and promoting the common good. Paying taxes to enable government to carry out these and other purposes is an appropriate expression of our stewardship in society, rather than something to be avoided. Government often falls short of these responsibilities. Its policies can harm the common good and especially the most vulnerable in society."
-ELCA social statement, "Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All"
"Before Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives passed HR 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that would cut taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals. This legislation, with bi-partisan opposition, benefits corporations and the wealthy over lower and middle-income families. Similar legislation now heads to the Senate floor for debate this week.
As Lutherans evaluate these tax proposals, our social teachings encourage us to ask, 'Does this tax legislation help the poor, hungry, and vulnerable populations?' Sadly, the answer is no. Corporations and wealthy individuals will receive far more benefits in these tax plans than those living and working in poverty.
Your voice is needed today to oppose the current tax legislation and urge senators to prioritize 'the common good over narrow economic interests.'"