Keeping in mind that these organizations are the places that help to lift people out of poverty and work to meet the emergency needs of the poor, unemployed, veterans, and those most in need of a hand up, the news from the sector is not warm and fuzzy.
The flattening in support for biomedical research as well as other research fields in the United States over the last decade is having serious consequences for American science and scientists.
The next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance -- "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" -- remember: it's a lie. A whopper of a lie.
I was born a Democrat. My father was a Democrat as was his father and my great-grandfather, too. I guess I never really questioned the values of the Democratic Party when I was a child. But I am announcing today that I have become a Republican.
Republicans never knew what their districts had gotten from the federal government. Until it was gone. Until after they'd paved it over with the sequester. Now they're stalled in an economically barren parking lot of their own creation.
This is not what Latinos had in mind when we cast our votes in record numbers last fall. Latinos across this country took to the polls to elect lawmakers who they thought would have their backs, lawmakers who were committed to fighting for policies that would improve the economy.
They cry for cuts, cuts, cuts. When the cuts happen in their districts they cry for cuts somewhere else, cuts somewhere else, cuts somewhere else.
Congress created the sequester and it is up to Congress to find a solution to this problem. We have momentum on our side. It's time to cancel the sequester.
Can responsible policies and creative thinking lead to more sustainable, diversified funding for our national parks and create revenue streams that are less affected by political cycles and ideological standoffs?
There is an economic truth -- or, as E.F. Schumacher used to say, a "meta-economic" truth -- that is bigger and deeper and, oh, so much more durable than any truth that will ever be discerned from the most expert reading of the Dow Jones tea leaves.
Ending the sequester cuts would require virtual political suicide for whichever party caved, because there really is no achievable middle-ground here, not within a million miles.
Some of the sequester's harshest cuts target programs that are critical for children who are disadvantaged or have special needs. These actions weren't unavoidable; they were concocted in the halls of Congress.
The sequestration will devastate US science research for decades by freezing American ideas while the rest of the world moves forward and gaps in the innovation pipeline would cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades.
Defense programs that would protect the United States against possible missile attacks are popular with Americans and offer an opportunity for politicians in Washington D.C. to coalesce around a platform that would make the country safer.
With this tax, we hold the Wall Street Bankers accountable, all the while making our communities stronger. And that's why we're taking action.
The average American may not be aware of how these sequester cuts will impact the air that they breathe. Perhaps, most surprising to them, would be how the affected programs that reduce air pollution will shape the state of national health for everyone.