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The federal budgets offered by both President Obama and House Republicans are inadequate at upholding biblical principles, according to evangelical author and theologian Ron Sider in an interview with The Christian Post.

Sider describes some biblical principles that he believes should be used to guide the current fiscal policy debate in a new book, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget (2012). Sider is also professor of theology, holistic ministry and public policy at Palmer Seminary and founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action.

He said that neither the budget proposed by President Obama or passed by House Republicans this year are "close to being acceptable." Sider believes that the nation should achieve a balanced budget within the next five years and it should do so without cutting effective programs that help the poor

Sider described some of the biblical principles that guided his views on the federal budget:

  • We are not primarily isolated individuals, but are made for community.
  • We have some responsibility to our neighbor.
  • God is on the side of the poor.
  • Government has a role to play in overcoming poverty.

The Republican budget, also known as the "Ryan plan" after Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), is inadequate, Sider believes, because it makes too many cuts to programs for the poor, suggests tax breaks for the wealthy, and increases defense spending. (The budget would also eliminate tax deductions to raise enough revenue to offset the revenue lost from tax cuts, but it does not specify which deductions would be eliminated.)