Chris Matthews gives Rick Perry a hard time for telling the truth about Social Security, yet he has admitted several times that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme that depends on forcing you to surrender your property with your odds of ever seeing your money again pretty small. Does that sound like a system that is in harmony with American principles and values?
Republicans railed against the Obama Administration’s proposal to push the national debt to more than $26 trillion and the budget to $5.7 trillion by 2021. Yet, when the time came to put their own budget on the table, the best House Republicans could produce was a proposal by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan where the debt still spirals up to $23 trillion, and the budget to $4.7 trillion. The annual deficit would only be cut to $391 billion by 2021.But why?
Terry Jeffrey has a very interesting column at TownHall today about the history of the Social Security program. Taking a trip back in time, we see that many of those who crafted the Social Security program realized at the time that it ran afoul of freedom and the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, one admits that if FDR hadn’t engaged in some brazen political intimidation of the Supreme Court, it likely never would have made it into law.
Who should be deciding what is said from America’s church pulpits? The government, or the leaders of those churches? The answer is obvious, and the U.S. Constitution agrees. So why are many of America’s pastors and churches afraid of speaking Biblical truth regarding the morality of issues and candidates in today’s society? Are we afraid of losing our tax exempt status? Would Christ’s apostles have been afraid of losing their tax exempt status? Isn’t it time even the threat of that was done away with?
Constitutionally, the federal government has no role in setting education policy, and any extension of the federal government’s role in any aspect of K-12 education is at best problematic. Studies show federal government involvement in education does not help students academically. Educating America’s youth best belongs in the hands of parents, school districts and local governments.
At this year’s 10th anniverary remembrance of 911, guest speakers at Ground Zero included President Obama, former President Bush, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Musical performances by Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor and Paul Simon provided a bittersweet score for the occasion. There was one demographic, however, that was conspicuously absent from the ceremony. Citing a lack of space and the “separation of Church and State,” Mayor Bloomberg denied religious clergy a place in the memorial service.
A key hindrance to the community of today’s church is not a weakness of the institutional church and its leadership but rather the radical individualism of its members. This is not simply a matter of concern over sporadic church attendance or mediocre participation in the church potluck dinner; the absence of visible community is a central underlying principle that undermines the witness of God’s people and opposes the redemptive mission of God!