Charlie Cook writes: “Don’t be surprised if the barometric pressure in Washington’s atmosphere and the blood pressures of many Beltway denizens shoot up this week. As emotional, important, and timely as the debates over immigration and gun control are, the increasing likelihood that budget sequestration will, in fact, kick in March 1 is just now starting to sink in.”
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“Meanwhile, corporate CEOs are flying to Washington to hector Congress to deal with the budget problem. Some old-time Hill experts suggest that these captains of industry would accomplish more if they fanned out across the country in an attempt to build public support for compromise, because grassroots pressure would enable more members to go along with a deal. Members need air cover back home—support that business leaders could provide, rather than tiresome lectures in Washington press conferences and at photo ops.”
I agree; we should immediately begin the mobilization of pastors and pews to contact — read tongue-lash and rail against — local Congressman and U.S. Senators to decry the immoral debt being piled on our kids and grandkids because Congress lacks the guts to make hard, painful decisions and cut spending.
Os Guinness’ A Free People’s Suicide, page 24-26:
ALL ISSUES POINT TO FREEDOM Third, sustainable freedom is urgent for America because many of the crises facing the United States have a direct bearing on freedom. The debt crisis is the most obvious. The question “What kind of a people do you think you are?” has been raised savagely by the grand financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed it. These two events were of world significance because they created the first global crisis history that was caused principally by the United States, and they raise major questions for the republic.The first concerns the link between debt and freedom; the second concerns the mounting inequities between America’s super-rich and everyone else; and the third concerns the place of money in national life when more and more of politics is “up for sale” and the United States resembles a plutocracy as much as a democracy.
The blunt fact is that America’s grand promotion of debt-leveraged consumerism has stood Max Weber’s famous thesis about the rise of capitalism on its head. It has scorned the early-American stress of hard work, savings, and delayed gratification, and turned Americans into a nation of perpetual debtors who are now chided even by the Chinese and the Indians for their irresponsibility and “addiction to debt”. The chickens are now coming home to roost, though so far most warnings have been dismissed as Chicken Little alarmism and the spending goes on. The George W. Bush administration, for example, financed the Iraq War through loans held by the Chinese rather than through taxes shouldered by the generation that declared the war. And the Obama administration has plunged the country even deeper still. Indeed, as observed in light of the Iraq and Afghan wars, the tax cuts, the Wall Street bailouts, the stimulus packages and the new health care provisions, never has one generation spent so much of its children’s wealth in such a short period and with so little to show for it.
The Supreme Court removed the Bible from public schools in 1963 — by an 8-1 majority vote. Lone dissenting Justice Potter Stewart blasted: “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”
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