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Just Send the Bill to Our Children . . .

Can you believe the proposed FY 2010 Federal Budget?  More than a Trillion in the red . . .  Borrowing half of what will be spent . . .  This is one of the most irresponsible acts I can remember.  This is an outrage.  If paid my credit card bills with another credit card, how long would it take before I could never dig myself out?  Not long . . . 

My total disgust with the "inside the Beltway crowd" is thoroughly bipartisan.  Both political parties and the last three presidents are complicit in this.  This kind of deficit spending is utterly immoral and indicative of what happens when the pot-smoking, tie-dye wearing hippies of my high school years have finally become the political ruling class.  We'll have double-digit unemployment for years to come, the inevitable inflation (the cruelest tax of all, especially for the poor and elderly), and much higher taxes on everything for the foreseeable future.  And your kids and mine (and their kids) will be forced to pay for all of this irresponsible spending.  Pox on both parties!!!!  Pox on congress!!!!  Click here: White House forecasts higher budget deficit - Yahoo! Finance

Since nothing upsets the "Beltway crowd" any more than to be called on the carpet for their pomposity, a little lampooning of the Washington elite is always a good thing.  My friend Pat Yamada, has some of the best political humor around on his new blog "The Disassociated Press" (DiP).  You can read Pat's news parodies here.  His latest is the "Hypochondriasis Epidemic."  Hilarious.  Click here: index

This comes as no surprise.  Men hate singing those effeminate praise songs which characterize so much of evangelical "worship."  They don't like too many flowers or liturgical dance in church either.  Funny how the church is never more irrelevant than when it tries to be relevant.  Click here: Men want 'macho' hymns, fewer flowers and less dancing in church | Mail Online

Guess what happens to the children of atheists? They grow up to be religious.  I guess most atheists are not very good at catechism.  Click here: Defectors to faith mark a growing trend | The Australian

Reader Comments (15)

"the last three presidents are complicit in this." As I recall under WJC whatever his other faults may have been we had a surplus.
May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg
I have no problem with some praise songs. There are some I can sing with gusto but in general give me the the classic hymns . I mean who doesn't feel like pumping iron and having a cold one after belting A Mighty Fortress is Our God!!
May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReg Schofield
Pastor Kim:

You are so right on, on your political commentary.

I mentioned previously, that I have always subscribed to one or two newspapers at the same time. Only recently, did I cancel my subscription to the Arizona Republic -- which isn't half as bad as the L.A. Times.

I am so happy to see all of the liberal Journo rags accross the country going out of business. A person can stay much more informed on the issues by getting on the internet.

The Journo rags (newspapers) will send three reporters to cover 10 anti Bush demonstrators, and none to cover 3,000 anti Obama demonstrators. As the Journo rags go out of business, it will level the playing field for both the liberals and the conservatives.

At least when Bush was in office, the first six years were pretty good. The stock market went from 7,000 points to over 14,000 points. And, he had a little excuse, as he was fighting terrorism. But, Obama's first stimulus package is costing the tax payers more money than all of the money that Bush spent in his entire presidency in fighting terrorism.

We drastically need to get a government that is for capitalism, less taxation, less government, less spending and very tough on crime.

The hippie generation is the worst generation in the history of the United States. (Except for the music!) It is a selfish generation, that hates any kind of authority. Is it any wonder, that the third generation of children of the hippie generation is as despicable as they are? (Unfortunately, most of the young people today lack even the basic manners. Most of them were never taught to say, "thank you, please or even excuse me.")

I believe that the United States has had its best days, and as Christians, as we wear our kingdom of man hats -- we will be entering doom and gloom, as the country finally becomes weaker and weaker, until it succumb's to it's laziness, immorality and greed.

Yes, Obama's spending will, sadly, leave our children with huge, undesrved debts.

I am warning my children, that they will need Christ, more than ever, to even have a slight chance, to survive the impending darkness that is about to befall mankind in the near future.

I just thank the Lord for His means of Grace, and the great Christian books that we can read, learn and seek comfort in.
May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
It's good to see Riddleblog hall of famer Reg back among us! (He is in the Hall, along with George, John Y and Zrim.)
May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
Macho Hymn: Thine Be the Glory (Words: Edmond Budry, 1884, tr. Richard Holy, 1923; Music GF Handel, taken from Judas Maccabeus, 1747 -- Trinity Hymnal 274) see or

Macho Psalms: (ALL of them, but especially Psalm 47 and Psalm 76) see Trinity Hymnal, also The Book of Psalms for Singing

This music makes my day! :-)
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdb
Just a couple of more things on Obama and politics:

According to the Obama administration, if you 1. own a gun, 2. are pro life, 3. are a Christian, you are being watched as a potential terrorist!

If you demonstrate against conservative causes, you are exercising your right for freedom of speech. If you are demonstrating against global warming (a big money rip off), high taxation and big government, you are unpatriotic, a threat, and a potential terrorist.

Dr. James Dobson and many other Christians, have brought on a lot of this for themselves. It is O.K. to be an active Christian in politics, but keep God and the ten commandments out of it. (Please, please, fools, study the two kingdoms.)

I like Sarah Palin, among others, but please keep God out of it. Understand this; the more that Christians stick God's name in politics, the more they are inviting the politicians to come into our churches and to tell us what we may, or may not preach. (Ouch!) Luther says, "the Devil's brew"!)

Have mercy. Oh how stupid and dunce these people are!
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd

I waaay prefer Tina Fey to Sarah Palin, but not because Sarah practices withcraft (sorry, Bill Mahar, I'm no Constantinian), but because Tina has the looks and killer sense of humor. I bet Tina prefers macho hymns and Sarah likes praise choruses. Plus, Sarah's politics are lame-o.

P.S. I'm a Christian and I'm pro-states' rights, not life. What kind of terrorist does that make me?
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
A Question. You state "At least when Bush was in office, the first six years were pretty good. The stock market went from 7,000 points to over 14,000 points. And, he had a little excuse, as he was fighting terrorism. "
Let's summarize, in W's first six years he 1) started an unnecessary and costly (lives and dollars) war (Iraq) for no good reason and based on lies; 2) Dramatically increased the power of the executive and the federal government to intern even citizens (e.g., Padilla) without trial or recouse, (reminds me of the old saying, "first they came for the communists and I did nothing since I wasn't a communist, then they came for ..... etc, etc. until they came for me and nobody was left to protest) 3) Engaged in massive illegal domestic surveilance, 4) Blew through a surplus and caused massive deficits, 5) politicized the justice department illegally, 6) deregiulated beyond reason, 7) authorized and encouraged torture as a policy (BTW, the poll that said white evangelicals had the highest level of support for torture drove me to my knees), etc. etc.

Moreover, W played Christians for suckers to get elected ("Jesus is my favorite philosopher) without doing a darn effective thing to actually reduce abortions-I suspect he preferred having the issue active for political expediancy purposes. He used his faux-Christian rhetoric to fool many naive believers, just like the average TBN televangelist. (The Democrats helped by nominating repugnant losers)

Obama is not my cup of tea, although I voted for him in reaction to McCain's selection of Palin. Palin is Bush without the brains...'nuff said.

I think that rather than fervent conservativism, what this country needs is a return to middle of the road, sensible, bipartisan ploitics, with less decibels, phony outrage and gotcha politcs, much like the vanishing conservative Democrats and the vanished liberal Republicans of yore .

Finally, I agree with Zrim, the problem with Roe v. Wade is that it Federalized and made a constitutional right out of what should have been decided politically on a state by state basis. (Much as will happen/is happening with gay marriage. It should be up to the electorate in each state, not imposed by the judiciary.)

Anyway, sorry for my diatribe. I just do not think being a Christian equals being a conservative. I also think we should not turn a blind eye to the shortcomings of politicians just because they claim to be Christians and conservative. In the end they just love power, like all pols.
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg

I don't usually touch the abortion issue. I also don't mind having state rights on it either. I feel that when Christians get involved in it, it leads them to moralize the Gospel. Most of the time, Lutherans and the Reformed can deal much more effectively with this issue, because they have a Biblical view of the two kingdoms.

I also don't feel that you have to be a conservative to be a Christian. My main point is to keep God, the Bible and the 10 commandments out of politics.

If Christians are pushing James Dobson's agenda, they leave themselves open to having the politicians getting involved in our churches, and what we can or cannot preach, etc. Lesson 101: If you let the government in, they will own your a..! It is not Biblical, nor is it worth the headache.

The instant that Obama, Bush, Palin, Biden, or any of them, start quoting (or usually miss quoting the Bible), Christians should tell them to shut up. We don't give a damn what their views of God are, just run the country!

I can be just as happy with a Mitt Romney, as with any other conservative. I just don't want to be labeled a potential terrorist, because I choose to own a gun, or if I am a Christian. Translation: The government just wants to have more control over our lives.

Ironically, the liberals will blame these five things for everything that goes wrong: 1) a Jew, 2) a Christian, 3) a white person, 4) Bush and 5) Rush! It is hilarious.

Again, if you choose to vote for Obama, or anyone else, please do so. You are still a Christian. But, leave God's name out of it. (And, I know that you do leave God's name out of it.)

During the last election, one of my fellow store managers (a liberal atheist -- although St. Paul says that there is no such thing), brought up to me how Palin claims that God told her that we are in a Holy war with the Muslims. I explained to him, that Palin was an idiot for saying such a stupid thing.

Comments like this, (and all of the politicians say stuff like this) do not belong in the political arena. And Christians become laughingstocks when they utter such things.
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
You and I agree on far more than I had at first believed. I agree we should keep the gov't/pols and the church separate. The church is/should be pure and the leaders of this world tend to corrupt it if they can lay claim to it. I always find this quote a helpful reminder of what my focus should be vis a vis the world and vis a vis the church.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral peopleC10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you.

ps. I voted for Obama as the (in my opinion) least objectionable choice, however I too would prefer a less profligate spender and a more moderate/middle of the road agenda. I fear 4 years from now we will be in never never land at this rate. Unfortunately the Republicans are in a self-destructive quest to move ever more to the right and therefore any balance they might provide is likely to decrease not increase.
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg

The problem with the current Republican party, is that some of them are straying more to the center -- like some of the democrats.

They need to get back to their main platform, ala, a Ronald Reagan style of government. ("Government is not the solution, but the problem.")

Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to be doing a great job in his state. He actually refused stimulus money, because there were too many strings attached.

He has taken a welfare state, and made it much more self sufficient. Although, he may be hard to look at, he may be a good candidate for the future.

I feel that it would behoove the Republican party to refrain from such comments as, "God this, or God told me that", and stick with the issues of running the country.

Again, I could care less about what Hannity, Rush or any of the politicians think about God. Romney is a Mormon, and he could conceivably run the country as well as anyone.
May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
My wife and I lived in the Seattle area for a few years. After visiting a church, I came up with words for one of their praise songs:
"Wonder bread music,
Soft, light and sweet.
Wonder bread music,
without any meat..."
This the first place where I've ran into the description of "Effeminate Praise Songs." It is appropriate.

We also have attended a traditionally conservative Baptist church where for along time the only religious symbol you could find was the cross on the pulpit. When they started the "banner ministry", it gave the auditorium a little Catholic atmosphere. ;)
May 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjaxdagger
This little "Wonder bread" ditty is a classic! I'm thinking of having T-shirts screened with the words on them.

Also, don't be too hard on those Baptists for the cross on the pulpit. I've been in an OPC church recently that had absolutely nothing behind the pulpit (and lecturn) except for a table with communion ware and a plain brick wall. After the service one of the members who greeted us even remarked about what a great thing to have nothing up there (by way of distraction, apparently) except for that brick wall. Go figure...
May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
So thats what Pat does in his spare time at the office!
May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B.
I think many of today's church's use music to fill in the pews. They forget that we have church to worship God. I'll take traditiona lHYMNS any day of the week.

Our goverment spends more than they need to. We all well be paying for it or many years to come. I wish we could vote for a freze in spending. That well never happan, but one could dream.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiminator

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