two quick politics articles

Work = good. Throat = about the same as yesterday = meh.

The Obama Surge: Will it Last? – good short article that highlights the fact that Americans might be ready for the real change in health care Obama is proposing.

Rage in the Town of Bethlehem – more ugliness at McCain rallies. Includes this bit:

Even the opening prayer was politically charged. “O God, we are in a battle that is raging for the soul of this nation,” the preacher said. “You, O God, have raised up Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for such a time as this.” The preacher went on: “Help them, O God, to strengthen our economy, to keep our taxes and spending low . . . and grant them the privilege of being elected the next president and vice president.”

I guess God is for lower taxes and spending. Who woulda thunk it? (actually, this makes me kinda mad)

10 thoughts on “two quick politics articles”

  1. God’s got a risk tax and spend plan there. I’m an agnostic and that pisses me off. I’m all for people believing whatever they want, but to use religion as a policy justification is offensive.

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    1. Talking about abortion in a religious context is OK by me – I may disagree or whatever, but it is a moral issue. Taxes and spending: not a moral issue!

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      1. Well, the first passage is about paying taxes and how you should, and the second is about not charging interest which is out the window for pretty much everyone these days. I agree that spending on a personal level could be a moral issue, but I don’t think the government is motivated by envy…

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      2. Actually, the biblical stance against usury is pretty strong although you’re right…I think that ship has sailed off into fantasy land.

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      3. Isn’t “usury” usually interpreted to mean an outrageous amount of interest, rather than any amount of interest at all?

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      4. The idea of what’s outrageous varies by time period and circumstances though. Originally, I believe, usury meant any interest, but these days it just refers to outrageous interest since we’ve come to accept interest as acceptable due to inflation and other factors. I think dictionary.com discusses the now obsolete definition in its entry.

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  2. They’re ignoring the 2nd commandment, “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain.” Invoking His name for political purposes doesn’t seem right, yet the right does it all the time.

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