From: Michael Petit
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Is this an April Fool's joke?
Date: Wed Apr 02 17:53:55 MDT 2014

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan just announced a new budget proposal.  NBC News says it would result in “deep cuts to safety net programs.”

Unfortunately, this is no joke.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.  We have made great strides in some areas but too many families are still struggling from the 2008 great recession and 30-plus years of stagnant wages.

In fact, if you work 40 hours a week and earn the minimum wage, you fall below the poverty line.

Yet, there are some people, such as the billionaire Koch brothers, who are actively opposing a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10, one that would help millions of children.

According to the Washington Post, “the political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents… 

Together, the 17 conservative groups that made up the network raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign…”

They are also working to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, which provides quality health care to millions of American children and prevents their families from going bankrupt when they fall ill!

This is what our kids are up against.  Help us fight back!

Please donate $50 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty or donate $10.10 to show your support for giving America a raise.

Either way, thanks for whatever you can give.

Michael Petit
Every Child Matters Education Fund

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