To the legislators in the United States, and to the churches, who think balancing budgets at the expense of the poor is a good thing, Psalm 12, verse 5 says this (according to the Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer):
"Because the needy are oppressed,
and the poor cry out in misery,
I will rise up," says the LORD,
"and give them the help they long for."
From the psalmists lips to God's ear, since we humans are listening only to our own fears and greed.