Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget
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Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget

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The national deficit is certainly a crisis. But alongside it a moral deficit is exploding as well.

Some want to unjustly thrust the burden of the debt on our grandchildren. Others want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. But both plans are morally bankrupt.

There is a way--a realistic way, a moral way--to fix the deficit. We can break political gridlock with solu...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 171 pages
Published February 2012 by InterVarsity Press (first published January 30th 2012)
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David A.
Earlier this year I included in my Year of Overdue Books (books I should have read by now) the recently released Back to Work by President Bill Clinton. I justified its inclusion rather flimsily by deciding that getting the United States (and the world) back on its financial footing was an urgency and that those charged with the task were taking far too long. Whatever--I really just wanted to read the book. Anyway, I finished it and moved on, and a few weeks later pilfered a copy of Ron Sider's...more
The budget deficits and national debt reveal a moral deficit in our country. Most fundamentally, the problem is one of inter-generational injustice. In simpler terms, instead of leaving our children and grand-children better off, we are saddling them with a country increasingly encumbered with debt obligations. Currently that debt amounts to over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in this country. When China becomes one of our major creditors, we compromise national security. And when we pr...more
I received a copy of "Fixing the Moral Deficit: a Balanced Way to Balance the Budget" as part of the Goodread's First-Reads program. This book is short (148 pgs), easy to understand (no economics degree required), full of illustrative charts and graphs, and well-documented (nearly 20 pgs of footnotes).

Ronald Sider begins by describing the alarming debt crisis facing the United States. It must be addressed immediately if this country is to survive. He then explains the growing gap between rich,...more
George Paul
Ronald J. Sider, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2012). $15.00, 171 pages.

“America faces a historic choice,” writes Ronald J. Sider in the Introduction to Fixing the Moral Deficit. “We have a deficit crisis, a poverty crisis and a justice crisis.” The deficit crisis arises from spending more than we earn. The poverty crisis results from increasing numbers of Americans falling into the ranks of the poor even as wealth increasingly conc...more
*First Reads Won*

As shown by my rating, I liked this book. It gave an informed perspective on the various ways that are currently being tried to balance the budget and ideas about how it should be done. It also included how the budget and budget cuts shows the morals of the United States. These two are tied together intimately, but people are acting like they are separate. Also, it did not do this solely by words, but also included graphs and a plethora of sources to reconfirm the author's state...more
I received a copy of this book through the First Reads program.

Sider does a nice job of presenting the deficit problem and his case for a solution in simple terms, and does his best to stay away from defining his response through either of the major political parties. He is careful to criticize both Obama's budget proposal for 2012 and the budget actually passed by the Republican-led House of Representatives, and draws on both Democratic and Republican principles in his suggested solutions. He s...more
I received a copy of this book as part of the First Reads program.

In his newest book, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget, Ron Sider writes that there are three crises facing America today: a deficit crisis, a poverty crisis, and a justice crisis. Seen together, these three add up to a moral deficit. This short (171 pages, including notes and an index) book is his attempt at a solution.

In the brief first chapter, Sider argues that the crisis is a real one. He then argu...more
Before I read this book, I knew about our national deficit crisis as much as a 10-year-old. When I thought of the economy, I thought of “We are the 99%” and the Occupy Movement. And that’s it. Oh goodness. I’m embarrassed at my ignorance. UGH.

When something goes wrong, I just blame the economy, because it’s funny and everyone does it (OMGPEERPRESSURE).
“I’m broke and it ain’t no joke. Stupid economy.”
“I’m hungry. Stupid economy.”
“Red box rentals are up 10 cents. Stupid economy.”
“Where’s my purse...more
Jamie Pennington
Very insightful book. It lead me to rethink several of my positions and always had my brain in overtime. I did not and do not agree with all of Sider's positions but I do respect the fact that tehy are well thought out and logical conclusions. And I did change my thoughts on some of the proposals. I also became better educated on all of the news items I am hearing as a result of reading this book. I would recomend the book to anyone who plans on listening to the news between now and Nov. and any...more
A very timely read with the Presidential election around the corner. No matter your political affiliation, you will likely not agree with everything Sider says, but I found this book to be quite thought provoking and informative. It changed my views in a few areas and I've found myself discussing this book with several friends. An important read for an important time in our country's history.
Though it was an ok read, it is relevant in today's political and economic climate with some interesting suggestions on what we can do. The author tries to remain as unbiased as possible and provides information from multiple sources, including Democrats, Republicans, and other non-partisan organizations.
Jennifer Ware
My daughter won this book from to use for a school project. I'm always up for a reading adventure, so I picked it up and read it. Although not my taste in reading, it is very well done and informative. By the way, my daughter got an "A" on the project.
If you are a USA Christian, you must read this book now. He thoughtfully outlines a Biblical way out of the federal deficits and exposes the political deception by leaders of both parties. If we all followed his action plan, we could solve this crisis.
Anthony Rodriguez

Incredibly well-thought book that will make you ask questions of yourself as a Christian, no matter your political leanings. The one thing you won't e able to do is remain unmoved.
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Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is president of Evangelicals for Social Action and professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.
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