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[Warning... severe political cynicism follows...]
If I were a Republican congressman today…. I would do just what House Republicans did, and vote against the economic stimulus plan. I would do so because of a cold political calculation that bets on one thing: no matter what happens, or doesn’t happen, this economy is going down the tubes, so the only thing left to do is to engineer who gets the blame. Let’s see how this works logically, with those givens.
The best thing that could happen from the point of view of the minority party is for the package as a whole to pass, with the loyal opposition in lock-step against it, so that when the economy fails, the blame can fall squarely on the Democrats. However:
The worst thing that could happen from the same point of view is for their own opposition to succeed and the package to fail, because then the blame would fall just as surely on the obstructionists who got in the way of the only attempt on the table to do something big, dramatic, and immediately to try to forestall the now even-more-inevitable collapse.
So, there you have it. A policy based on an expectation of failure. Somebody tell me why I’m wrong here.
A Litany I am deeply connected with all of humanity, and with every person in particular. So long as anyone remains unloved, I am lonely. So long as anyone remains hungry, I am not satisfied. So long as anyone remains in need, I am poor. So long as anyone remains imprisoned, I am not free. [...]
Compassion Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him turn to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:6-7 (esv)
Good News How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” − Isaiah 52:7
Every day is a new day. I’ve been saying this daily for months now, on Twitter and Facebook, along with a different word of encouragement designed solely for my own benefit, but appreciated, apparently, by many others. Well, today, with the election finally in the rear-view mirror, is another new day. For about half of [...]
Thanks It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High. – Psalm 92:1
Sometimes you just have to start over. A few days ago I was upgrading this and some other websites I maintain, and something went wrong: my personal website became inaccessible. Since most of what was on the site was imports from other places that also belong to me, I did a radical thing and deleted [...]
Sometimes people take the injunction to “pray without ceasing” to mean something like, “pray often.” This makes prayer into an activity, something we do, something that is separate from the rest of our lives. And yes, there are times when devoting ourselves to prayer, to the exclusion of all else, is appropriate. But even if [...]
Invitation “For the promise is for you, and for your children, and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” — Acts 2:39
The word for spirit in Hebrew and in Greek is the same as for breath, wind, air; and in both cases we are surrounded, immersed, in this on which we actually depend for our very existence. What makes us alive is not the spirit that surrounds us, but the spirit which enters into us and [...]
Don’t Worry! So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. — Matthew 6:34
Faithfulness And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. —- Galatians 6:9