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Archive for 11 July 2011
America, the Europe of the West?
Last night, President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional leaders failed to reach agreement on a deal to raise the nation’s debt limit. Meanwhile, it has been more than 800 days since the U.S. Senate passed a budget, liberals in Washington are pushing for higher taxes, unemployment is soaring, the deficit keeps growing, and America is careening toward an economic future as the Europe of the West.
That’s a future of crippling debt, spending, and permanently high unemployment that some in Congress are trying to avoid. On Saturday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) pulled the plug on a debt ceiling increase that would have raised taxes in exchange for reductions in spending. It was the right move. Tax increases are the last thing America needs as it struggles with 9.2 percent unemployment and stagnant job growth.
But America’s dismal economic reality–and the policy of taxing and spending–are facts of life the Obama Administration would like America to accept, along with their explanation of why growth has been so slow to date.
Congressman Charles Rangel , D-NY, doesn’t know exactly what Jesus would say about the debt crisis, but he thinks religious leaders should be a part of the conversation.
“It is a moral question. So I am surprised that we don’t hear from the rabbis and the priests and the ministers and the imams. This is their business, not just politicians’,” he told Fox News on Sunday.
A moral question? How about “render unto Caesar”? Honestly, don’t think Mr Rangel is acquainted with the same Jesus I know. While He may have eaten dinner with prostitutes and tax collectors, I don’t think the message could be construed as Him approving of their life choices. The idea was to come away a changed person, and to leave those sins behind. Perhaps Mr Rangal should dig a big deeper into whatever version of Bible he might have sitting around, gathering dust. If those religious leaders are actually Bible based, and not the liberalized ‘social justice’ horse manure types, then what they should tell him is that stealing is still a sin, and stealing the future of our children due to the out of control spending habits of Congress is a sin too, and they need to repent! Not continue their ridiculous theft of the future. Destroying America through reckless social policies, and government greed won’t look too good on their resume’ when they get to the Pearly Gates!
Rangel insists, “If the sky, the economic sky was to fall the very rich in this country would not feel any pain at all.”
But when pressed on exactly what that higher power would say about America’s money problems, he replied “I don’t know what Jesus or Moses or anyone would say. But, the issues are so morally clear…we are our brothers keepers.”
Yeah…WE! Not the government! It is OUR personal responsibility to help those less fortunate. Passing on the responsibility to the government is a personal failure! And we, as a nation, have failed miserably by allowing the government to take hard earned money to use for failed social policies, creating an entitlement mentality which has ruined several generations. NO! You are NOT entitled to my money to pay for your health care. NO! You are not entitled to receive a ‘retirement supplement’! You ARE entitled to do your best throughout your life to prepare for the time when you will retire from work, and live your remaining years on YOUR own dime. The “rich” in this country are the ones who create and provide the jobs that will enable you to provide for your own waning years!
Rangel summed up his argument by saying, “You know all of this is biblical… If you read your bibles and you read the spiritual scriptures you will see that clearly that Jesus would have something to say about this debate.”
No, actually Mr Rangal, He would not! And if YOU read YOUR Bible and spiritual scriptures, YOU would be aware of that fact!