Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Beatitudes

Quoting our President, George W. Bush:

"In prayer, we open ourselves to Gods' priority, especially his charge to feed the hungry, to reach out to the poor, to bring aid to the widow or the orphan."

From his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, held the day after the House passed a budget cutting, among other things, food stamps, Medicaid, and child care assistance.

As found in the April 2006 "Sojourners" magazine.

No commentary needed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

**Playtah shakes head at the administration for the billionth time since the 2004 election**

Sheesh. You can tell a person by his actions, not his words.

Thank you for this info. I didn't know he said that.

3/30/2006 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, well, everyone knows that if you disagree with the more "progressive" viewpoint that the government should absolve the individual Christian of his/her responsibility to help the poor (and please point to the scripture which suggests this) that it means you don't want to do ANYTHING for the poor and are simply a heartless, cruel, uncaring person. Right? (punching sarcasm key)

4/06/2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was President Bush who brought the politics in to helping the poor, and then his administration did the exact opposite. So the topic (helping the poor) is not necessarily the issue, it's the fact that he just suggested support for something his administration did the opposite of. Double talk.

4/06/2006 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...And I suppose your only support for this position is....budget "cuts" which do not actually cut but rather are simply held relatively steady compared to last year without taking into account inflation or cost of living rises?

If you will view the Table (1) at this link, you will see that in 2006 Social Security was budgeted at 550, in 2007 it is budgeted at 581. In 2006 Medicare was budgeted at 338, in 2007 it is budgeted at 387. In 2006 Medicaid and SCHIP was budgeted at 198, in 2007 it is budgeted at 247. Where are the "cuts?"

Democrats would like to complain about the deficit but when the Congress passes a budget which makes an effort to hold the overall domestic discretionary spending steady without increasing it you complain that that mean, evil President is "cutting" aid to the poor. It may work for those who want to believe that the President and the Republican majority Congress are a bunch of unfeeling hypocrites but for those who actually educate themselves about the issue, they realize that there must be cuts somewhere and a cut which does nothing more than hold the spending at the same level as the previous year and does not account for inflation seems to me to be a fairly compassionate and conservative manner in which to save money as opposed to actually "cutting" the budget.

The problem with Democrats, as I see it, is that you would like to raise taxes so that you can continue to build more and more spending on entitlement and social programs, growing our government and growing the population of those who depend on our government for their sustenance exponentially.

Again, this is a disagreement over methods, not a disagreement over priorities. Rather than demonizing the President for spending too much, then demonizing the President for spending too little (a transparent attempt to demonize him regardless of what he does as meat for Bush haters) why don't you admit that this is not about hypocrisy, but about methods of implementing priorities? Would that be so hard? Or just too moderate?

Thank you.

4/07/2006 3:56 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Jacke -

Looking at the summary that you linked to I see the Presidents Proposed Budget through 2011. One of the differences in our perceptions of this might be that you believe it and I don't. I think the line for mandatory "Personal Accounts" makes pretty clear that this is all GOP wish list stuff. Most of the rest of the document supports ideals that lean to the left of center, and points to the shortcomings within the Proposed Budget.

My sense is that there needs to be more moderation in both spending and in taxing. We really need to cut the pork on both sides of the aisle and we need to stop borrowing trillions against the next purported great advancement that America will make and be able to sell to the world. If we don't start making more stuff here the future is not what any of us want and even American corporations seem to only want to make products elsewhere. Global economy? Sure, but be ready to be downsized.

It is simply amazing that the last three Democratic Presidents have left the balance sheet in better order than the last three Republicans. Not the way "Real Republicans" are supposed to be, but there are few fiscal conservatives left in that party. Your comment about the Dems "complain(ing) about the deficit" makes my statement all the more appropriate. Aren't you horrified by the deficit? The danger ahead in our governmental health and security plans?

The GOP is the party of take and run, hide, obfuscate, lie, cheat and steal. Are all the Democrats perfect? No. But I think a greater sense of community service is among the Dems than the GOP.

I don't want to raise taxes, I want to get back the give-away to the richest among us. I want to see smarter spending and honesty in purchasing. I'm about as moderate as you're going to find on the left. How far to the right do you see yourself?

And Playtah - I think Jacke is addressing you more than me anyway, pick it up here, please.

4/07/2006 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found that if someone is willing to assume who I am and what my exact viewpoints are from 2 or 3 sentences I've written, and then addresses those assumptions with sarcasm and blaming, it becomes less of a discussion, and more of a close-minded I-want-to-crush-you-not-learn-from-you type of thing.

Christian Democrat--I appreciate your thoughts on the budget.

4/10/2006 8:59 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

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4/10/2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Sorry, my previous comment had too many typos!

Playtah -

Considering that knowledge plus experience when put into practice equals wisdom, your first paragraph shows great wisdom!

Glad you are here.

4/10/2006 3:51 PM  

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