Let's get clear about the political realities behind the budget impasse in Washington and the government shutdown. The Tea Party is not the problem.
Nothing captures the distortions being perpetrated more than the headline of a Washington Post column by columnist Anne Applebaum. "The GOP Undermines Democracy," it reads.
And, according to President Obama, a "faction" of Republicans (read Tea Party) is holding the nation hostage to their "ideological demands." more >>
As the U.S. federal government completes its fourth day of shutdown on Friday, chaplains of the Senate and House have encouraged members of congress to work past their differences to find a resolution to their current funding disagreement over the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
Senate Chaplain Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist who opens each morning's session with a prayer, has dedicated this week's prayers to finding an end to the government shutdown. On Thursday, Black prayed that God save members of Congress and Americans "from the madness" of the shutdown.
"Have mercy upon us, oh God, and save us from the madness," Black prayed Thursday morning. "We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness, and our pride. Create in us clean hearts, oh God, and renew a right spirit within us. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable." more >>
The federal government shut down and right now House Republicans look really stupid but so do the President and Senate Democrats. None of the three want to do the jobs they were elected to do: serve at the behest of "we the people." Everyone needs to grow up and if non-essential government workers don't get paid, I don't think the President or members of Congress should either.
But I want to focus on the Republicans' antics because it's not a good look for the party. First, Senator Ted Cruz went on his defund Obamacare rant in the Senate, which did nothing to change things. The Senate passed a bill to fund the government for only six weeks, stripped of any House Obamacare defunding language, tossed it back to House Speaker John Boehner for a vote.
Enter Cruz again, the indefatigable defund hero, who riled up over 50 House Republicans who insisted on attaching Obamacare to the House's temporary government funding bill. Cheered on by Cruz, the House Republicans contorted and passed several funding bills ornamented with Obamacare delay or defund language. Before the stroke of midnight Monday, the last and final House bill rejected by the Senate included delaying Obamacare for a year and repealing the exemption from the healthcare law for members of Congress and their staff. more >>
"Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt….the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we are running up our debt." --Barack Obama
I am not the least bit concerned about the federal government shutdown. My worry is that it might open back up.
All of this could have been avoided if Washington politicians didn't have the budgeting skills of an Ole Miss frat boy. more >>
Arrogance is like a cancer. Once it lodges itself in the heart and mind, there's not much you can do as it begins to permeate the entire body with an inordinate sense of self-worth, significance, and position.
Lucifer understood this firsthand after becoming so enamored with himself he believed he was co-equal with the Creator. He lost his grandiose gig and earned a one-way ticket south to spend the rest of his days slithering around trying to entice mankind to join him in his misery.
Contemporary liberalism is headed for the same fate as it elevates itself to unnatural heights, having nowhere but downward to fall. Policies like the Affordable Care Act (Seriously?), i.e. ObamaCare, highlight the arrogance of liberals who promote themselves to a place of superiority, telling us what we need and then redefining those needs as a "right." Life is a right. Liberty is a right. Pursuit of happiness is a right. Healthcare is not a right. more >>
A fascinating article at Bloomberg.com caught my attention recently. It was the kind of article that puts the power of the Cross into focus, once again. t involves a conversation about death.
Apparently there is a new fad engulfing our culture where friends and family gather together to talk about – of all subjects – death. A project called "Let's Have Dinner and Talk about Death" is trying to start a national conversation about death and dying in this country and around the world. The project stemmed from a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) course at The University of Washington.
According to their web site, the group is made up of "everyone from oncologists, gravestone designers, palliative care experts, authors, curators, health care CEOs and artists to spark a powerful movement around facing death and planning for end of life. We're putting out a call to action for people to start a conversation with their friends or family about death- and we're giving people the tools to make it easier, more meaningful, and even fun." more >>