According to SayAnythingBlog, the liberal Christian group Sojourners is working to protect government spending by asking the question of "what would Jesus cut"?
Now the question is interesting, as Roman government at Jesus' time did support some things that I don't believe have their roots in Romans 13, Genesis 9, and other passages discussing the rights and privileges of governmental leaders/kings. We don't say "bread and circuses" for no reason, after all, and it's worth noting that many of the baths and other institutions were funded from tax money, too.
That said, I'm guessing that, if pressed, Jesus would have noted that the taxpayer-funded barbarity and murders of the Circus Maximus and other stadiums were an abomination before Him, even though the Roman leaders were, after all, pagans. I'm guessing that the brothels which followed the legions around also would be seen as abominable.
Hence, it's pretty straightforward that Jesus would tell us that funding for organizations that kill children, and even run interference for child brothels (e.g. ACORN and Planned Parenthood), would be off the table.
Going further, knowing His tenderness towards the victims of high taxes, and the tax collector's promise to repay what had been overpaid, I'm guessing that He would be clearly in favor of cutting programs that duplicate spending--the $200 billion that I wrote about a few days ago.
Finally, I'm skeptical that He'd recommend large defense cuts, as He knew very well what the benefits of the Pax Romana were.
Sojourners, you're welcome. I'm glad to help.
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