(CNSNews.com) – While Republicans demand an end to reckless government spending, a liberal advocacy group says more than 30,000 people have joined a "rolling fast" to protest the “immoral budget cuts Republicans are pushing in Washington."
Those taking part in the hunger strike include 28 "progressive" members of Congress, MoveOn.org said.
The group, with help from the recording artist Moby, has put together a "short, powerful video," which says the Republican budget cuts will starve children and veterans.
In the video -- introduced by recording artist Moby -- one woman holds a sign saying she's fasting "so that kids and pregnant women don't have to do so."
“I’m fasting for truth because I’m fed up with lies,” says another protester.
"Feeding the rich and starving the poor is wrong," says another sign. The slogans are written on paper plates.
MoveOn.org argues that the budget compromise struck last Friday in Washington cuts "critical" programs but fails to make corporations and the rich "pay their fair share."
As a result of the fiscal 2011 budget agreement, the federal government will spend $78.5 billion less than President Obama proposed spending this year. While liberals howl about “immoral” budget cuts, some conservatives say the cuts don’t go nearly far enough (see related story).
MoveOn.org concedes that "the worst cuts and riders” didn't make it into the recent budget compromise. But, said the group, “that was the Republican plan all along -- propose the unthinkable, threaten to shut down the government, and then walk away with cuts that would have been beyond the pale just a few months ago."
The group warns that Republicans are now intent on abolishing Medicare and making far deeper cuts to education, nutrition, health care and other “essential” programs -- while giving "even bigger tax breaks" to millionaires and corporations.
MoveOn.org says Republicans -- after winning so much in the last round -- "actually have a shot at getting every last cut they want."
‘Stop spending money we don’t have’
Republicans insist the government cannot continue spending money it doesn't have. Doing so will make it harder to create jobs and get the economy back on track, House Speaker John Boehner said in a message posted Tuesday night.
Boehner pointed to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “responsible” budget plan, saying it will “spur job creation without raising taxes, stop spending money we don’t have, and lift the crushing burden of debt that threatens our children’s future.”
Boehner and other Republicans have ruled out tax increases, calling them “unacceptable and a nonstarter.”
“We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little,” Boehner said: “We have deficits because Washington spends too much. And, at a time when the American people face skyrocketing prices at the pump, energy tax hikes are a particularly bad idea."
Boehner urged President Obama to “demonstrate leadership and show American families and small businesses that he is serious about addressing Washington’s spending problem.”
The president on Wednesday afternoon will give a speech explaining how he plans to reduce the ballooning federal budget deficit. His plan reportedly includes spending cuts in the biggest government benefits programs, higher taxes on the wealthy and a reduction in defense costs.