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Ryan budget represents the height of irresponsibility

Marc H. Morial | 4/21/2014, 10:22 a.m.
“Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to ...

I would expect that Ryan would be more conscious of the critical need to accomplish this, especially as this year’s State of Black America report and the new Black-White Metropolitan Equality Index finds that three of the five least equal cities in America for unemployment and two of the five least equal cities for income are in his home state of Wisconsin (Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Madison; and Milwaukee and Minneapolis, respectively). With an equality index of 23.8 percent (on a 100-point scale), Madison ranked at the bottom for Black-White unemployment (18.5 percent vs. 4.4 percent). With an equality index of 40.3 percent, Minneapolis ranked at the bottom for Black-White median household income ($28,784 vs. $71,376).

The night before King’s April 4, 1968, assassination, he said: “The question is not, if I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me? The question is, if I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them? … Let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”

We can start now by stopping the Ryan budget – and even more importantly, stopping its budget-cutting fever that threatens the economic health and recovery of our nation.

Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.