WASHINGTON — A group of Christian leaders addressed the United States budget as a moral issue, claiming that the programs which lead the federal government to go into debt constitute an "idol" for churches and people alike and hurt the poor and future generations.
"Idolatry is at the heart of this problem," Josh Good, program manager for the Values & Capitalism initiative at the American Enterprise Institute, declared in a Thursday panel discussion hosted by The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "We need to be careful, it seems to me, about centrally planned solutions that originate here," Good urged. He encouraged people and government "to push solutions out to more local levels where people who are relationally connected to the poor can lead the way."
Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, declared that "essentially, what we're dealing with on the national debt is an externality where the benefit is in the present and the cost is for someone else in the future." Richards insisted that it is always wrong to saddle future generations with debt in order to get a short benefit in the present. He argued for a non-governmental safety net, in order to avoid national debt and achieve more effective charity. more >>
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would move ahead with his "year of action" agenda without waiting for Congress to pass legislation.
"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward," he told reporters before a meeting with his Cabinet.
Obama described 2014 as a "year of action" at last month's end of the year press conference. Since then, the phrase has emerged as a theme for the White House. His Jan. 11 weekly address, for instance, was titled, "Ensuring 2014 is a Year of Action to Grow the Economy." more >>
Remember the old children's song, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage?" Once, it was more than a song, it was a universal recognition of how most families come into being. But now, a new tune is being sung, and it is decidedly off-key.
A paper is about to released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows a major change in our culture. The Center reports that for the first time in over the last ten years, "shotgun cohabitations" outdistance "shotgun marriages." Translated, it means once, when a couple conceived a child out-of-wedlock, they would marry to save face and remove the stigma of illegitimacy. Now, they simply move in together, and skip the wedding.
Data from the government's National Survey of Family Growth states that from 2006 to 2010, 18 percent of all single, pregnant women chose to move in with the baby's father, compared to 5.3 percent who opted for marriage when a child was conceived. In the 1990's, almost 25 percent of couples that conceived before marriage would wed. During that same period, out-of-wedlock cohabiting births have grown from 11 to 24 percent. more >>
Young people's struggles and anxieties are not new, and their failure to get married or find a life-long job in their early 20s is no reason for their parents and grandparents to judge them, says historian Jon Grinspan.
"Their plight seems so 21st century: the unstable careers, the confusion of technologies, the delayed romance, parenthood and maturity," but "many of the same concerns and challenges faced the children of the Industrial Revolution, as the booms and busts of America's wild 19th century tore apart the accepted order," Grinspan wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. In the piece, he told stories of 20-somethings still living with parents and waiting for love, and how they dealt with their problems in the 1800s.
"For rootless 20-somethings, each national shock felt intimate, rattling their love lives and careers," the historian wrote. more >>
Susan G. Komen suffered a 22 percent drop in donations last year, which may have been due to the controversy it recently had regarding its monetary ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.
A spokeswoman for the breast cancer awareness organization acknowledged a strong decline in donations, according to the Associated Press.
"Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions - including donations and corporate sponsorships - dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013," reported the AP. more >>
Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it.
Take the recent study by National Media Research Planning and Placement suggesting there might be a link between Republicans, Democrats and the type of alcohol they prefer. The study seems to be nothing more than an amusing diversion at best. Seems a better analysis would include having bartenders use the information to do some predictive analysis about which patrons are more likely to pay for their own drinks as opposed to those who might try to get their drinks for free.
Or how about the new study which will probably make the rounds on late night comedy shows from The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science which found that felons favored Democrats six-to-one in three states which allow felons to vote, post incarceration, according to the Washington Examiner. more >>