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Salesman of the Year!

Barack Obama declared the other evening that, “It’s time for America to chart a new course.”  (Quite possibly the scariest words in American politics.)  And who wouldn’t buy what this guy is selling??? 

Obama promised affordable education and declared that a college education should be a birthright for every American!  Obama promised affordable healthcare for every American and that all of us will have the same top-of-the-line healthcare as members of Congress in four years!   Obama promised to take the record profits of big oil and “make” them reinvest in alternative energy sources and pay for pollution!  Obama promised good paying jobs for the jobless!  And for such a young man with little experience, Obama has done very well for himself in finding enough people to buy into the hype with their votes.

First, Obama does not seem to appreciate that education, especially higher education is something that should be earned through hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice.  What kind of a birthright is Obama talking about?  What kind of message does that send to slackers in high schools across America if the government will ensure that you get a college degree whether you’ve earned it or not?  How many excellent future graduates will then have their degrees discounted because the market is flooded and employers can’t determine whether these degrees represent any significant achievement?  Obama doesn’t understand that promising government-backed college education does not raise the bar, it lowers the bar for everyone.  Obama doesn’t understand that information, i.e. education,  is a commodity that students buy and that college education is an investment in yourself that shouldn’t be passed out to people who haven’t earned the privilege.

Second, Obama doesn’t appreciate the fact that compared to private sector compensation, full-time civil servants and elected officials in the Federal government typically make far less money in public service. One of the incentives to retain well-trained and competent employees and leaders is to provide an excellent healthcare incentive package.  The idea that EVERY American should be entitled to the same government healthcare benefits package is simply pandering for votes.  So, why work for the government anymore?  And more importantly, Obama’s plan cannot work well simply because healthcare services are limited and finite.  Anyone who has visited an emergency room lately already knows this.  If the government begins footing the medical bills of every American and disregarding the limited resources available and increasing the demand on our skilled medical professionals, we will be begging for the days of the 3 1/2 hour emergency room waiting experience.  Further, individuals will have less incentive to be proactive in maintaining their own health (quitting smoking for example) because medical bills will be a thing of the past.  (Well, not exactly, but I’ll get to that.)

Third, the evil “big oil” corporations.  Since when is actually making money such a problem in America?  I really don’t understand how people in cafes can complain about $3.75 per gallon gas while simultaneously paying $64.00 per gallon for their lattes with tipping to boot. Think about it.  We hear a lot about big, bad, American oil corporations and their outrageous profits, but Starbucks is making out like a bandit!  And Obama needs to brush up on corporate formation.  Last time I checked, it’s the shareholders, i.e. regular Americans, who actually own these companies and invest in them!  Obama promises to punish these oil companies for excessive profits, force them to reinvest in other energy sources and make them pay for global pollution.  So Obama’s policies will actually punish the investors, i.e. you and me!  So what’s the point in investing in stocks or mutual funds of American companies if the government is going to limit your opportutnities to amass wealth or save for retirement?  IT IS OUTRAGEOUS that Obama is going to take profits from hard-working, investing Americans and claim that he will help us and the economy by doing so. The government already rakes in billions of dollars with a “B” through corporate taxes and fuel taxes.  If you wish to revive the American economy, the answer cannot be found in punishing with EVEN MORE TAXES the very industries driving the economy in the first place.  Furthermore, Obama doesn’t explain why American oil companies should have to pay for global pollution but not other countries such as Mexico, India, and China. 

Finally, Obama promises good paying jobs (not good jobs) for the jobless–all 5% of them.  This can only mean one thing: raising the minimum wage.  If you haven’t already figured this out, artificially raising wages decreases the overall standard of living because prices rise as well.  You have “more” money, it just has less value.  So rather than raise the bar for everyone and strengthen the economy, minimum wages discount everyone’s dollar–all 100% of us.  Thanks, Barack!  So while a jobless person may find a new job, it won’t necessarily be worth it.  The taxes taken out of their pay check to fund American college educations, universal health insurance, global warming initiatives, and massive job programs won’t leave much after the bills are paid.  And any money left over won’t be worth investing in companies since profits are evil.  So Obama’s policies won’t be free at all.  All of us will pay much higher taxes, have much greater dependence on government and have less money and fewer opportunities for ourselves and our families.

So Obama really knows how to work a crowd and get people excited about “change” even though no one really seems to understand that change can be very, very, bad.  He appears to many as a political saviour, yet his policies only represent the tired old liberal ideas that have never worked.  Obama has the least experience of any Presidential candidate in modern times.  I ask you, “How is that change we can believe in?”

Vote for Obama! It’s easier than thinking! 

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The True Face of Facebook

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Do you want your underage children earning free condoms on Facebook

Facebook.com, once a creative networking site for students and alumni of Ivy League schools, is quickly degenerating into a sloppy, ad-filled Myspace cultural polluter.  This past year, changes were made that allow almost anyone to create a personal profile including kids in junior high and high school.  (More members = more advertising dollars for the people at Facebook.) 

So the question is, “Do the parents of these kids realize that Facebook is succumbing to advertising dollars with gimmicks such as free condoms?”  While the advertisers would attempt to hide behind their “safe” sex mantra, the reality is that they are just promoting MORE sex among teenagers.  And that gives a whole new meaning to social networking.

FYI Update:  “[T]een abstinence as a ‘significant and independent predictor of academic success,’ [is] associated with a 40 percent lower rate of highschool expulsion, a 50 percent lower rate of dropping out of high school, a 70 percent increase in the probability of attending or graduating from college, and a 66 percent increase in college graduation.”

Defining Love

At a Christian university I attended, I was blessed in class during the devotional time one day to hear the testimony of a fellow student who left the homosexual lifestyle by the grace of God. His most powerful remarks challenged the politically correct notion that no one should question the love that same-sex couples may have for each other. You could’ve heard a pin drop as he read God’s definition of love in I Corinthians 13:

4) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8a) Love never fails. 

He closed stating emphatically that there is NOTHING resembling true love—God’s definition of love—in the homosexual lifestyle!

And he’s right. Praise God for that testimony! But I’ll preach a step further because in our sex-crazed culture many heterosexual relationships have no idea what true, Biblical, sacrificial love is either. That’s partly why so many families are falling apart. The world needs love; God’s love. And God is calling His people to take a stand and take back and redeem the secular definitions of love, marriage and family for His glory!

If God is a God of Love…

First, “Why is there a Hell?” and second, “Why does evil happen?” (Probably the two most frequent questions.)

I suggest that God would not be a God of love without Hell. What kind of a loving god would allow the evil and the injustice in this world go unpunished? That wouldn’t be a loving god. But God loves us so much that He has created a very terrible, inescapable place to punish evil and injustice—FOREVER. 

And why does evil happen? Because evil is a mirror that shows us ourselves. It shows us who we really are. It shows us that we need God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Each of us is lost in our sinful nature. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 NKJ). God loves us enough to provide a way to be redeemed from our sinful natures through Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16 NKJ).

When tragedy strikes, remember that God loves each of us deeply. He loves us enough to avenge evil. And He loves us enough to free us from the same sinful natures that make us capable of evil. God is love. And in Him we find hope.  

Old Eli & Old Glory

Here’s irony: while attending one of America’s finest schools, three students decided to burn the American flag. What could be more American than Yale? “Old Eli” is the third oldest school of higher education in the United States and certainly one of the most prestigious. Since 1701, she’s attracted the best and brightest students in the U.S. and from around the world— that is until now evidently. I’m all for freedom of speech, but that was a really, really dumb and ungrateful gesture.