That passage disturbs me. It disturbs me because I don't live that way. It disturbs me because my church, as wonderful as it is, doesn't really function that way. And it disturbs me because this kind of thinking is no where to be found in the current dialog. This is a model that says "people first". It is all about the people, all people, all of whom are loved by God. Any conversations we have should be about the people.
What is better for the people? That a major corporation makes more of a profit than it already does? That it keeps to keep more of its money than it already does? Or is more important that people are fed? Clothed? Housed? What is more important? That our current health care structure, which costs too much and produces poor outcomes is protected, or that children get health care?
This is disturbing stuff to think about, but my guess is that the Jesus who gave us the beatitudes thinks that there is less moral imperative in a balanced budget, especially a balanced budget that allows the ultra-rich to stay ultra-rich at the expense of the poor, than in taking care of the the poor, the hungry, the sick.
Look at the beatitudes. Our budgets should be all about the people we see there. And that means my own personal budget, as well as the budget of my organization, my church, my state, and yes, my country.