As Americans start to feel the effects of the on-going stalemate in Washington, many have wondered about the decisions directing which aspects of the government are shut down during a "government shutdown." Who decides and on what basis the approximate 17 percent of the government that is put on hold? One would presume the importance of the service and the necessity of funding would guide the process. But a press release from John Schlageter, General Counsel for Archdiocese for the U.S. Military, indicates other motivations are at work.
Schalageter reports that non-active-duty priests are barred from engaging in any ministerial activity - even if they serve on a volunteer basis. Not only is their work deemed "non-essential" so as to place them on furlough, but "non-authorized" so as to ban them from ministering on base.
Because of shortages of active-duty chaplains, at over 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries and 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S., contract chaplains serve American troops. The shortage is particularly felt among Roman Catholic service members, who make up over 25 percent of the military. more >>
We are over a week into the government shutdown; shouldn't we be looting Target for a flat screen TV by now? Why haven't you joined a marauding street gang?
Two things have become apparent: how little we need most of government, and how spiteful public servants can be when they do not get their funding.
A turning point in this game of government shutdown brinksmanship happened last week when "our" petulant government went to great lengths to shut down open air memorials in order to intimidate us from ever cutting its funding. more >>
"For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth. Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares." Jeremiah 9:21 NLT
America, not only do our children not play in the streets, they shoot each other in the classrooms. Don't think that anyone is safe just because some of us can afford gated mansions, armored cars, private schools and the like. None of us are exempt from the times, including the looming shut down.
Tragically, some of our government leaders are using scare tactics to numb our consciences, to instill fear in us and turn our hearts away from genuine justice. more >>
Seven of America's top banks were given a score and ranked on a number of key areas related to human slavery in a report by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, with Goldman Sachs receiving the highest, most favorable score, and Wells Fargo coming in at last place.
The ranking is featured in ICCR's annual report titled "Breaking the Bonds: Modern Day Strategies to Counter Modern Day Slavery," a copy of which was obtained by The Christian Post.
"The enslavement of approximately 12 million women, 3 million men and 6 million children into forced labor or sexual activity is a chilling reminder of how the power of greed can poison our world. Not surprisingly some corporations are unwitting participants in this troubling practice," ICCR Chair David Foster writes in the report. more >>
The Democrats are chanting that Republicans must fully fund Obamacare because it is the law of the land, passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. Therefore, they say, it must be obeyed and can't be altered by Republicans who want to defund it.
That argument is both wrong and hypocritical. Any federal law can be changed, repealed, amended or defunded by our legislative branch of government, Congress.
The Republican House wants to deal with the controversial huge "continuing resolution" bill in separate pieces, giving the OK to worthwhile federal spending purposes while leaving others (like Obamacare) without funds. Obama refuses to negotiate and demands a "clean" (blank-check) bill; his position is all or nothing-at-all. more >>
Reasonable people compromise - unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable -- than compromise.
The GOP has its share of problems, but one thing is absolute: Republicans made reasonable effort to pass legislation intended to keep non-partisan government agency programs running. All they asked for in return was to delay implementation of Obamacare, the Democrat Party's illegitimate lovechild that nobody wants.
Sometimes it's best to walk away. Sir Winston Churchill once so poetically quipped: "In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might." The GOP offered Democrats an easy out…a way to save face…even raise Obama's approval numbers. But sadly, and to the country's detriment, Democrats don't understand the art and value of compromise, let alone engage in it. more >>