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Budget Cuts Should Protect the Safety Net

Marian Wright Edelman | 11/14/2012, 11:37 a.m.

I urge all of our leaders to fight for justice for children and the poor with urgency and persistence and to be guided by basic principles of fairness in the negotiations ahead: Protect children and low income families from budget cuts that threaten their survival. Invest in children's health, early childhood development, and quality education, make work pay through refundable Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, and create jobs, jobs, jobs with decent pay to help end child poverty and enable families to better prepare children for the future. Demand that the richest Americans and corporations contribute fairly and tell Congress that poor children should not be asked to subsidize tax cuts for those who do not need them. Insist that Congress be careful - and just - about what they cut.

Be careful what you cut. If our children are not ready for tomorrow, neither is America.

Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life andsuccessful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.