And the phrase that got it all started? "Very Interesting"
Big time apologies to my younger readers...but watch anyway. Not in the library though. You might, in spite of yourself, LOL.
While the passage of ObamaCare marks a liberal triumph, its impact will play out over many years. We fought this bill so vigorously because we have studied government health care in other countries, and the results include much higher taxes, slower economic growth and worse medical care. As for the politics, the first verdict arrives in November.
Westboro's adherents argue that the First Amendment is designed to protect speech the majority may not want to hear. But [Shirley] Phelps-Roper is ambivalent, noting that man's law won't matter much when America meets divine wrath."Her destruction is imminent," she said. Laughing, she added: "And it's going to be marvelous."
Should I admit it? Part of my news diet is the website World Net Daily. The other day this commentary by Dave Welch was posted. (Linked here for your reading pleasure.) I found this very interesting fodder for myself at this time. I am trying to see the balance between self reliance and accountablity for ones' actions and taking care of each other and helping the helpless and needy. A thoughtful Christian should not find this balance easy to achieve. Mr. Welch draws a parallel between opium addiction and what he calls "O.P.M" or Other People's Money addiction. Here are some pungent paragraphs from the article:
The progression from pleasure to pain caused by imbibing something harmful that produces addiction sounds very much like the gnawing hunger and dependency on Other People's Money that has driven our nation to the edge of moral and economic bankruptcy.The real reason we have a government gone wild is the generational clamoring for local, state and federal governments to provide for us what God and the Constitution intended for us to provide for ourselves. The short-term pleasures felt by opium, alcohol, crack cocaine and taxpayer-funded "pleasure" are the traps by which we are enslaved, because they destroy rather than empower.We are well familiar with the statement by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that the problem with socialism is that sooner or later we run out of other people's money (O.P.M.).
In some states well over one-half of the workforce are on the government payroll, and Sen. Jim DeMint reminds us that government dependency is not without great cost: "More people expect government to pay the price and establish the values. This expectation has created a competing vision of America that replaces the principles of freedom with a reliance on government."The bottom line from a Judeo-Christian perspective – which is the basis for our culture, our laws and our economic system – is that by embracing government as our provider, we are rejecting God as our provider as well as the duty to work and to care for others: Abraham called the name of that place The [YHWH-jireh] LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided." (Genesis 22:14)