Archive for January, 2009

More Entitlements – Fewer Taxpayers

Monday, January 26th, 2009

When President Obama’s economic stimulus packages are implemented, 57% of Americans will be off the tax rolls, while only 43% will be paying all of the taxes. Essentially, the 57% will be receiving a check back from the government, while the 43% will be funding entitlements for the rest of the country. Taxpayers are clearly outnumbered. My fear is that we cannot return to a godly government because over half of the country (including corporations) are already dependent upon this one. When too many become dependent upon a government-funded by too few, the system will collapse.

For more details, please see The Role of Government.

What Are Conservatives to Do?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

With the transition of power shifting back to the Democrats and President Obama, what are conservatives to do?  The answer is, “Wait.”  When the political pendulum swings as far to the left as it has, the only direction for it to move now is back to the right.  I believe this will happen by 2012, and probably during the next congressional elections of 2010.  Just as the economy cycles through periods of growth and periods of recession on a regular basis, so does politics cycle through periods of Democratic control and Republican control, usually on two-, four-, six-, or eight-year cycles.

With Obama’s unprecedented high approval ratings now, all these can do is go down.  By the time of the elections in 2010 and 2012, we will have seen the usual failed policies of a new administration, more scandals involving Cabinet members, Senators, and Congressmen, and a president that has fallen from favor among the ranks of the media.  Republicans learned some hard lessons in the 2006 and 2008 elections, so in the next two national elections, the lessons should be for the Democrats to learn.  I do want the new president to succeed.  After all, who doesn’t want to have hope of an improving economy?  However, not even the best politicians can escape the political cycle.

The Role of Government

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

What does the Bible say about the role of government?  What does the Constitution say about it?  Does our government live up to the standards of either one?  Read the article, The Role of Government, and then please feel free to provide your feedback here by clicking on the Comments link below.

Prayer for Our Country

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Dear God, thank you for preserving our freedom once again throughout 2008, in a time of war and financial crises. Thank you for those who gave their lives for us, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all other places where peace has been beset by the aggressions of dishonorable men. Ease the pain for the family members they left behind, and teach us to reach out to them in this hour of their great need.

We pray for those heroes who, both willingly and valiantly, continue to place themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. Protect them from the bullets and roadside bombs of our cowardly enemies. They tire on the battlefield of loneliness, thinking of wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters a half-world away. Comfort them and their families and friends, keeping anxiety far from them, as you bring encouragement and hope of a joyous reunion in a few short days ahead.

Father, thank you for our government and our leaders. Many are offering their services in new positions of responsibility and authority, and they need your guidance. Protect our new President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, and guide his every thought. As he is expected to acquire much wisdom in a short time, surround him with skilled advisors, and give him strength and courage to walk in Your will. When he is right, give him the fortitude to stand firmly, unwavering against his adversaries. When he is wrong, give him discernment and humility to seek godly counsel. Find none in our midst who cannot share in this prayer because of trivial differences of philosophical thought, political sentiment, or color of skin. Bring unity and harmony to the diverse people of our land.

Continue our freedom and our prosperity, and grant us peace. Cast strife, selfishness, and greed from our thoughts.  Break out hearts in compassion for those in need.  It is in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior that we present our praise, thanksgiving, and supplication to you. Amen.