More on welfare than working: A design feature of Obama’s America, not a bug

Via More Americans collecting welfare than working full-time — you’d think this would be front page news and a cry for change, but Obama & Co. are getting exactly what they want.  If you aren’t familiar with the term Cloward-Piven Strategy or the philosophy of Saul Alinsky, then you really, really need to expand your media horizons.

When people see things that are obviously bad, like more people on welfare than working, they tend to think that the Leftist Obama/Democrat policies aren’t working.  But if you know how Obama, Hillary Clinton and others follow the philosophies of Cloward, Piven and Alinsky then you know that our Leftist leaders are getting exactly what they want: More dependence on government.  More crises designed to let them take more power.

If you think they are troubled by millions of people losing jobs, insurance, etc. and becoming more reliant on government then you are mistaken.  They are executing their agenda as planned.

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T.D. Jakes = prosperity gospel false teacher.  MacDonald and Driscoll = hypocrites.  Why didn’t they ask Jakes about his in the meeting where they were buying his anti-trinitarian heresy rationalizations?  Hat tip: Sola Sisters

What working at Wal-Mart taught a young conservative woman about the poor

Here are just two short anecdotes:

a) People ignoring me on their iPhones while the state paid for their food. (For those of you keeping score at home, an iPhone is at least $200, and requires a data package of at least $25 a month. If a person can spend $25+ a month so they can watch YouTube 24/7, I don’t see why they can’t spend that money on food.)

d) A man who ran a hotdog stand on the pier in Portland, Maine used to come through my line. He would always discuss his hotdog stand and encourage me to “come visit him for lunch some day.” What would he buy? Hotdogs, buns, mustard, ketchup, etc. How would he pay for it? Food stamps. Either that man really likes hotdogs, or the state is paying for his business. Not okay.

I really appreciate Pastor Foster’s ministry.

The following is DL Foster’s speech at the Jan. 17, 2012 AFTAH press conference outside the Southern Poverty Law Center, featuring African American and pro-family Christian leaders condemning the SPLC’s “hate group” politics. Foster is a pastor and the founder of Gay Christian Movement Watch, based in Atlanta:

Steve Jobs: ‘I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion’ — I’m glad he didn’t end up as one, and I’m glad I didn’t either (I was born 10 yrs. less one day before the Roe v Wade decision).  Too bad he didn’t make his views more visible while he was alive.  Or maybe he just thought it was important that he was alive but not the people who bought his goods?

How Barack Obama and other big government statists really bankroll their reelections — great video.  This image below the video explains most of it: Even if we cut 100% of non-entitlement spending (i.e., zero military, zero infrastructure, zero politicians, etc.) we don’t take in enough money to pay entitlements.  The deficit grows every year and we’ll be like Greece — only on a much larger and more devastating scale — in less time than you’d think.

Make sure you don’t support “cocaine charities”

The phrase used in Common Sense Concept » Cocaine Charity refers to charitable endeavors that enslave those you set out to help.  The intentions are good, but the long term results are bad.  From the link:

Does this prescription align with the majority of our charitable endeavors? Brian had deep respect that this Kenyan ministry served the “least of these.” But, was this charity in alignment with the biblical model of charity? Were they helping these women…

To no longer need to receive charity?

Experience the dignity of honest work?

Enjoy the blessing of providing for their children?

Know the joy of giving charitably to others?

In fairness, there are times when the only appropriate response is to freely give things away. The Haiti earthquake and supporting the disabled are examples of such. But, barring such exceptions, our long-term aim should always be to help in a way which frees recipients of the need for our charity, “so that they might help others in need” (Eph. 4:28). Well-intentioned charity devoid of this goal can lead to unhealthy dependency, it can strip parents of their God-given role as providers, and, as Brian saw in Kenya, it can lead to addiction.

Sadly, the U.S. welfare system is almost purely a “cocaine charity,” resulting in generational poverty, a counterproductive entitlement attitude and an impossible-to-sustain system.

As I noted about my Kenya trip, part of the mission team saw the Hope Companion project, a terrific endeavor where orphans are given practical business skills to support themselves — sort of a Junior Achievement Meets Jesus program.  It gives the kids hope and us as well, because it makes such a radical difference.  This isn’t about handouts for multiple generations, it is about making them self-sufficient.  The U.S. could learn a lot from this model.  Whether it was sewing, baking bread or planting seedlings for sale each of these youths were now able to support themselves and often others.  One boy had 7 younger siblings he could now care for instead of having to beg from others who already didn’t have enough — plus he took on care for another orphan.  That’s convicting!

Should we help others?  Of course!  But we should do so with wisdom and discernment.  The religious Left has it all wrong.  They obsessively covet the wealth of others and seek to redistribute in ways that will be bad for those they seek to help.  They love themselves and their perceived role as saviors, but real love is having the long term best interests of others at heart.

Stealing from future generations

The constant cries by the theological Left to have the government redistribute wealth are more than just annoying.  They hurt more people than they help and they mock authentic Christianity. 

It is bad enough that they would ask “Caesar” to take – by threat of force or imprisonment – from neighbor A to “give” to neighbor B and consider it charity on the part of the theological Left.  That is the opposite of common sense and what Jesus taught.  But at least then neighbor A could voice his opposition and vote against it.

To make things worse, now they are funding their “giving” solely with additional debt.  This means that the ones who will pay for this faux giving can’t vote or may not have even been born yet.  These folks have found a way to steal from people who aren’t even alive! 

They are trying to help a small amount of poor people – who by the world’s standards are actually quite blessed – even though it will continue to drive more people into poverty.  It will ultimately destroy the goose that laid the golden egg. 

Forced wealth redistribution does not alleviate poverty.  If false teachers* really wanted to help the poor they’d do things like this instead:

  1. Establish and maintain the rule of law.
  2. Focus the jurisdiction of government primarily on maintaining the rule of law, and limit its jurisdiction over the economy and the institutions of civil society.
  3. Implement a formal property system with consistent and accessible means for securing a clear title to property one owns.
  4. Encourage economic freedom.
  5. Encourage stable families and other important private institutions which mediate between the individual and the state.
  6. Encourage belief in the truth that the universe is purposeful and makes sense.
  7. Encourage the right cultural mores.
  8. Instill a proper understanding of the nature of wealth creation and poverty.
  9. Focus on cultivating your comparative advantage rather than protecting what used to be your comparative advantage.
  10. Work hard.

I would add that Junior Achievement classes are proven to help keep kids in school longer.  Also, they teach essential life skills in how to manage money. 

And if you really want to help the poor, don’t just throw money at them.  Have them do some work for it.  Give them healthy, inexpensive food like milk, oatmeal, pasta, eggs, etc. instead of food stamps that can be abused. 

Friendly reminders: 1. Conservatives give more money and even blood than Liberals.  2. Liberals fail at basic economics

* False teachers include people like Jim "the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution" Wallis and race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie

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What happens when the government pays people to have babies out-of-wedlock? – This is going to come as a big shock, but you get more of them.  Please read the Wintery Knight’s account and commentary about a man in England who is soon to have fathered 15 children out-of-wedlock with many women, and the taxpayers will be paying for all of them.  How tragic that these children will grow up without a father.  Yet the “loving” government welfare policies are the root cause.

The cycle is vicious and interwoven: Higher taxes make it harder for people to raise families themselves, incentives to stay unmarried drive up illegitimacy, a lack of fathers in the home to screen suitors and offer discipline and protection exacerbate the problem, and on and on.

People need to use some discernment and abandon these counterproductive policies.  How much more evidence do they need?

Then here’s more from Roxanne in The Cost of Single Parenthood, Continued

I’ve blogged many times on the social and psychological costs of illegitimacy – the six-fold chance of living in poverty, the nine-fold increase in the chance of being molested by a mother’s boyfriend or a stepfather than by one’s own father, the reduced chance of graduating from high school, going to college, and having a good life. 

Jazz Shaw posted an article by Angela Lash about similar problems in the polygamous Mormon community.  Physically, psychologically, and economically, polygamy is a disaster for women and children.  The economics are straightforward: men who have multiple wives and children with all of their wives cannot afford to care for them all.  Those “families” most resemble single-parent families . . .

. . .

In case no one noticed, our bodies are not designed for this situation.  The sixth-grade “birds and bees” discussion should have made it clear that there’s something about the union of exactly one man and exactly one woman that produces human life, and that union provides the best basis for raising children.  Deviating from that causes problems for children, problems for society, problems for women, and problems for every person involved except for men.  It’s almost like traditional Western values and Judeo-Christian norms provide the best protection for the weakest in our society, rather than being oppressive – in direct contradistinction to what feminists, progressives, and leftists would say.

 

What’s the Message of the Bible in One Sentence? – 25 scholars and pastors weighed in.  I didn’t give it much extra thought, but I did think of a note I put in all my hand written notes to prison ministry participants:

God adopts, completely forgives and eternally blesses everyone who repents and trusts in Jesus.

New peer-reviewed article argues for irreducible complexity in birds

Let’s take a step back and ask what counts as evidence for evolution for people who actually care about evidence.

Here’s what counts as evidence:

  1. A smooth sequence of fossils showing the gradual emergence of different body body features across a wide spectrum of body plans.Not just horses and whales, not just micro-evolution. Major changes in body structure, which properly dated fossils, from a wide range of body plans.
  2. A lab experiment that derives a new organ type or body plan from an unmodified organism, like the Lenski experiments tried to do on a smaller scale.
  3. A computer simulation that shows a string of mutations that occur on one organism that would give it a new feature or organ within a reasonable amount of time (less than 4 billion years). The mutations must be probable, and the organism must have improved functionality at each stage of its development. And a calculation would have to be done to show that each beneficial mutation would spread to the rest of the population and survive in the next generation, which is a separate question.

Do we have that evidence in the case of bird evolution (feathers and lungs)? Of course not.

Do we have that evidence in the case of evolution as a whole? Of course not.

People who embrace evolution embrace it on the basis of non-rational, non-evidence factors.

Marxist Democrat Cringes As Russian Immigrants Compare Communism to…Democrats! – The State Senator tries to rationalize it away, but you can’t deny the Russian’s awareness of the links.

Glenn on drafting women – excellent analysis on the inevitable problems.  Do you want your daughters to get drafted?  Because that is the logical conclusion of this.

Evil Health Insurance Corporations Love ObamaCare – Seems like one of the main reasons people wanted health care reform was to get back out those evil insurers – you know, the same ones who contributed to both parties and helped craft the bill.  What a shocker that they like it.  If you ran a business wouldn’t you like it if the government forced people to buy your products and services?

“Eggsploitation” nominated for Best Documentary in California Film Festival

I’ve written before about the physical harm of egg harvesting to women, not to mentionconcerns over exploitation of women as human hens. Even liberal feminists are apprehensive. So the film’s growing publicity and affirmation is welcome news.

15 Reasons the Abortion Industry is Losing Its Support – Hat tip: Robert from Facebook

Funny and effective video about pastors who twist scripture then twist it some more when called on it.  You might have to click again to watch it on YouTube (sometimes the embedding doesn’t work). Hat tip: Touch ya Neighbor Ministries

Hurry up to ensure that all waitstaff vote for McCain

money2.jpgA periodic and welcomed commenter known here as Sunday School Teacher sent this email to me.  I realized that if people did this for a week then all waiters and waitresses would vote Republican forever.

I’m kidding about actually doing this, of course, though you could share the premise with your waitstaff in a friendly hypothetical way.  Just say, “I prefer that tips go to you to recognize your hard work, so that’s what I’m going to do.  But that Obama fellow really has me thinking.  Even as a waitress you make much more than many people, so shouldn’t I eliminate the inefficient government middle man and just give your tip to someone more needy?  You know, spread the wealth around?”

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read ‘Vote Obama, I need the money.’ I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a ‘Obama 08′ tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

False teacher on Palin

The “Reverend” Chuck Currie wrote this post about Sarah Palin, which contains the lie that she “slashed” spending for teen moms when the truth was that she approved a three-fold increase.  She merely reduced the original request, which was more like a four-fold increase.  (Chuck is the false teacher who believes the opposite of Jesus on countless issues, including the teaching repeated one hundred times in the New Testament that Jesus is the only way to salvation).

Anyone in business who would call such an increase a “slash” would be rightly laughed out of the room.  Unlike the fantasy world of liberal theologians and politicians, funds are always limited and tough decisions have to be made. 

Let’s say Chuck’s church committees all ask for 400% increases in their budget, but Chuck can only afford 300%.  Then you could say he slashed giving across the board, right?

My guess is that he knew about the distortions it contained but wrote it anyway.  Even so, he refused to be corrected when someone pointed out the obvious math errors in the comments section and again after someone showed how even the recipient of the funds denied the allegations!  He stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the facts.

Here’s what Chuck said:

Sarah Palin is a hypocrite.

The Governor says that she is pro-life but that apparently only extends to fetuses in the womb.  Once babies are born and young mothers are in need the last person who they should turn to help from is Sarah Palin.

As I have written about separately, pro-lifers do much after kids are born but are under no obligation to do so.  You can protest spouse and child abuse without being obligated to marry all the women and raise all the kids to adulthood.  Still, pro-lifers do much to help with their own money and time.

What is sad but not surpising is Chuck’s concession that he doesn’t care about those in the womb.  If someone tries to crush and dismember a toddler, is Sarah Palin oppsed to that?  Yes, she opposes killing the innocent regardless of their location.  But the good reverend offers no protections to the unborn.

The New Times reports on how she cut funding recently for programs meant to help babies and young mothers:

“Our house is full, help us build a new home,” proclaims the Web site for Covenant House Alaska, a program that helps younger people, including teenage mothers. The Alaska legislature decided to allocate $5 million in building funds, but Gov. Sarah Palin cut that to $3.9 million with a line-item veto in June….

…the lost $1.1 million may delay a $22 million project to expand an emergency shelter, which is open 24 hours a day and provides food, counseling, medical care and a place to sleep for troubled youths ages 13 to 20 years old. Some teenagers later move on to transitional housing, including Passage House, which serves young mothers with babies.

The group is also banking on money from the state to help leverage private donations.

Since he is so concerned about these teens, I wonder how much of his own money Chuck donated?

John McCain and Sarah Palin want to take away a women’s right to make her own health care decisions. 

Complete the sentence, Chuck: She wants to take away a “woman’s right to make her own health care decisions” that involve destroying her unborn child.

Palin has been clear that she is opposed to sex education for teenagers. 

Another distortion on Chuck’s part, but we’ll save that for another time.

The bottom line is this:  Palin is pro-life until the child is born and then she is willing to throw that life away. 

No, here’s the real bottom line: Chuck is lying and he knows it.  He is pro-abortion and proud of it, yet calls himself a Christian pastor.  He is willing to let that life be literally destroyed and thrown away.  And he is so wrapped up in his politics that he is willing to lie to get Obama elected.

Fact: Palin approved a dramatic increase in this funding, and Chuck denies that even when corrected.  He said this in the comments section:

Palin cut funds for kids when she had a chance to make a difference. Supporting teen mothers and other young girls out of the streets is one of the most important things we can do but Palin doesn’t seem to agree.

Pathetic.

I think Obama would be a horrible President but I don’t spread lies about him.  For example, I think he misspoke recently when noting his “Muslim faith.”  I don’t think he’s a closet Muslim (I don’t think he’s a Christian, either, but that’s another topic).  But I don’t run around pushing a story that is questionable.

But keep the lies coming, “Reverend.”  More attention for Palin is great for the Republicans, especially when your accusations are so transparently false.

BTW, here’s a recent list of the lies and the truth about Palin.  Yes, the lies are spreading rapidly but I think people are onto the MSM (at least 51% appeared to be so in a poll last week) and the Obama campaign.  I think they’ll start to filter out the new lies more quickly.