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The Black Congressional Budget No One Ever Talks About

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) (2nd L-R), U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) leave the U.S. Capitol as Congress begins its summer recess August 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. Congress is headed into its summer recess without a deal on a federal budget, paving the way for a big showdown between Republicans and Democrats and a possible government shutdown in September. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) federal budget proposal, crowded with unrealistic cuts on critical social programs, is like a scene in a bad The Lord of the Rings sequel. Long, overblown and waiting for a third act—and as unbearably outdated in its outlook on poverty as Gandalf appears in his gray beard. Yet, judging from the media noise, you might come to the conclusion that it’s the only budget proposal there is.

It's not. In fact, one of the smarter budgets to hit the Hill has gotten nary a mention. It’s the Congressional Black Caucus’ Alternative FY2015 Budget Plan (pdf).

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