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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Look at the News

Tax Policy
It seems certain Democrats from affluent districts are actually representing their constituents. Their constituents, it turns out, aren't happy with the Democratic tax plans (i.e. raising them). The Obama administration is facing growing resistance to their agenda in Democratic quarters. The White House response? The Wall Street Journal reports:
The White House defends its approach. 'The bottom line is that I think the president believes that the richest 1% of this country has had a pretty good run of it for many, many, many years," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. ("Democrats New Worry: Own Rich Districts," WSJ, Monday, July 20, page one)
That sounds like economic policy based on revenge. Anyone been to an economics class?

"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is calling on former residents displaced by Hurrican Katrina in 2005 to claim their old city addresses in next year's census, drawing criticism for trying to circumvent rules for winning federal funds...There's one problem: The mayor's plan is illegal, according to the Census Bureau. Federal law requires the Census Bureau to count all U.S. residents where they reside as of April 1, 2010, when the nationwide tally will begin." ("New Orleans Wants Ex-Residents Counted," WSJ, Monday, July 20, A5)
Why not lie for a good cause, right? Or maybe if you left your heart in New Orleans, it isn't really lying?


Sharon said...

That comment on your census is really bizarre. Can a person who has been elected mayor really have no clue about the basic requirements of a census?

When I was teaching at a boarding school in Darwin, we had to help the live-in students all fill out their own forms... it was a lot of work. Their main homes were out in small, remote Aboriginal communities. Many of these communities desperately needed (or wanted, at least) government cash for services. But that wasn't an excuse for lying about where the kids were living so that they could access a decent education.

Surely if the Mayor wants to use the census as a means of arguing for more funds to support reconstruction efforts etc, the best thing to do would be to show what impact there has been on the population and people's ability to return? He would be better off comparing numbers with the previous census. When it comes to attracting federal funds, surely New Orleans still has more to gain from financing re-financing efforts than worrying about paying for such things as library and garbage removal services for people who don't actually live there anymore.

Of course, I really know very little about American poitics. Despite your efforts to educate me, Amy!

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

"Can a person who has been elected mayor..."

Well, I think he knows full well the requirements. This is another case of a leader thinking that his cause transcends the rule of law. It is a small example of the impulse that motivates leaders to take control of the state and squash the freedoms of the people. (Okay, can you tell we are watching a documentary that covers the rise of totalitarianism? Sorry about that.)


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