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The moral consequences of cutting the budget

E.J. Dionne Jr.’s Oct. 8 op-ed column, “Our election’s moral hole,” drew much-needed attention to the absence in the presidential debate of any sense of the scope, scale and impact of the budget cuts proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R).

The moral argument is often overlooked when politicians go after such items as funding for food stamps. Meanwhile, proponents of budget-cutting conveniently neglect to put the fiscal impact of such cuts in any perspective.

We must continue to fund social programs because of the moral imperative they represent and because they speak more to our national values than do all of our warships and military planes.

Cathleen F. Gardner, Fairfax

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