Monday, August 31, 2009

Federal Debt is strictly the Result of a Clueless Federal Government

Once again the President and the Congress have shown themselves to be clueless - utterly clueless. It was announced that the President asked federal employees to take one for the team so to speak by accepting a reduction in the amount of their salary increases. He announced they would be asked to accept a decrease from a 2.4% raise to a 2.0% raise.

What a magnanimous gesture on behalf of the President. He thought it would be appropriate since so many Americans were out of work and others were not receiving raises.

Congress gave themselves COLA raises. Congress also approved a hefty increase in the fund they use to pay their staffers, so they could give them raises. Now other federal employees will also get raises.

NOTE: Social Security recipients will not get COLA raises, when their highly paid Congressman will!

The federal government is out of control. The deficit IS NOT due to medical costs or other such nonsense. It is out of control because those feeding at the public trough believe it is their birthright to spend whatever they went - and in an unlimited fashion when it benefits themselves.

They further act as if we do not have a clue. It is ridiculous beyond description. Others receive raises when they are financially successful in their profession. It is called a merit raise. This organization is bankrupt and they are giving everyone a raise. The hypocrisy is beyond description.

The President and Congress scream at successful people for having corporate jets and then buy their own. They scream about high level salaries and then give themselves and their people raises when they are clearly incompetent and incapable of controlling anything they do. The debt is where it is because these decisions have been made for years and nothing has changed. They are clueless.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Billy Graham's Prayer for America

The following is a prayer reported on Paul Harvey's broadcast. It is a prayer reportedly written by Billy Graham. It certainly is a prayer all of us should pray for our country:

Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before you today to ask your forgivness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. O search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


And I would say, "Lord I agree with this prayer for me, for my state, and my country. We lift up this prauer from our hearts Lord." Amen

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

President Asks for Pastors to Comment on Healthcare

Last week, President Obama met with a group of rabbis in an effort to combat the demise of his terrible vision for changing how healthcare is delivered in the United States. He asked them to include in their sermons illustrations of how people are suffering from lack of healthcare coverage under the current way insurance and healthcare functions.

It is interesting that the President who eschewed the National Day of Prayer would ask support from people of faith for anything, but especially to support the government taking control over our lives. Such is the desperation he and his political cronies are feeling as America discovers its mistake in electing Barack Obama and rejects his liberal, government in control view of the future.

It also highlights his liberal hypocrisy. He has only asked religious leaders with a liberal bent politically. He has not reached out to the Catholic church - this despite the fact they run hospitals, hospices, senior adult homes, etc. In fact, the Catholic church has probably cared for more AIDs victims than anyone else in America through their hospices and other church programs. Democratic liberals in Washington are not reaching out to Southern Baptist pastors asking us to speak about healthcare issues in our sermons. Why? He knows that our vision differs from his at every level. In fact, our own Senators and Congressmen have not asked Southern Baptist pastors to host town hall meetings for them in Arkansas. I wonder why?

I can tell you confidently that they would scream "separation of church and state" if they were to ever hear a sermon from me or one of my friends regarding the role of government in healthcare.

For liberals such as the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Senate Majority leader, people of faith are anathema. In their misguided effort to hijack America to their twisted vision, they will even use what they disdain in order to reach their ends.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Editorial in Today's Ark-Dem Gazette

There was a fascinating editorial in today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette that is worth a read. Someone wrote in regarding one of Senator Pryor's recent votes. It appears that the evidence continues to pour in that the frustration and outrage over the way Washington treats the American public is real.

The public has been lied to and given so many disingenuous positions over time that the distrust is real and significant. It is clear that long time Senators and U.S. Representatives do not understand this fact. The outrage is far more than just the terrible policies and direction they are and have been moving the country. It is also the fact that they engage in a one-sided conversation. Their voice is the only one that matters to them. They also speak in disingenuous statements and simplistic generalities intended to cover what they are truly trying to do. When questioned by thinking people, they are offended. Offended partly because of the hubris generated by their "status"(important in their own minds only) and partly because the public is too smart to be duped by their poor excuses for arguments.

Read the editorial this morning - it's good to know our frustration is not the only frustration.