A new political statement from Nancy Pelosi: "We're trying to save life on
this planet as we know it today." A great thought -- but let's examine it, just
briefly. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), and Our Generation (OG)
advocacy groups have released a report which shows that federal legislators earn
many times more than the average full-time American worker, and are among the
highest paid legislators in the industrialized world. According to the report, members
of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000 -- which by itself puts them in the
highest-paid 5 percent of U.S. workers. But in addition, they receive job-related
benefits that put their total annual compensation at around $285,000. By contrast,
the average full-time U.S. employee earns just $50,875 annually, which puts the
legislators' income at 5.5 times larger than the average full-time American worker.
It's not strange that Ms. Pelosi -- herself one of the wealthiest members of Congress
-- wants to preserve life on this planet as she knows it today.
Just this brief comment on the long-running "debt ceiling" issue. This conflict
has brought into sharp focus the worst aspects of the petty partisan politics which all
too often attract so much media attention, and thereby obscure the true underlying
conflict between Liberals and Conservatives, between pro and anti-Christian views,
and even between pro and anti-American views. And adding to all the other factors
in the lack of agreement, is the fact that our president is seeking re-election in 2012,
and wants the nation's soaring indebtedness to become a non-issue in the mind of
the American voting public.
It is interesting -- and to us, not surprising -- that one of our Founding Fathers, more
than 220 years ago, spoke directly to this "Debt Ceiling" issue: "With respect to
future debt, would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the
constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself
can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or
within the term of 19 years." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1789.
In more recent times, political commentator Linda Chavez, writing in the New York
Post, summarized the current problem well in these words: "When the history of the
debt limit fight is written, the failure of presidential leadership will constitute a
major chapter. Once again, President Obama has proven himself lacking in the
most fundamental attribute necessary to the office he occupies: leadership. His
idea of leading his party and the American people in any crisis is to give a speech."
We would be remiss if we did not bring you "What Others Are Saying."
Dr. Michael Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team): "Calls are mounting from the
Palestinian leaders for their people to take to the streets to try to increase
pressure on Israel to make concessions ahead of the upcoming UN vote on
Palestinian statehood in September. The plan being promoted by the Obama
administration is utterly impossible for Israel to accept, yet the Jewish state
continues to be pressured to make concessions to bring a promise of peace
from those who are committed to their destruction."
Amil Imani (Iranian-American scholar): "Whereas democracy is defined as the
rule of the people, by the people, for the people, Islam is defined as the rule of
Allah, by Allah and his emissaries, for the pleasure of Allah. And when people,
out of concern for political correctness, or ignorance, describe Islam as a
religion of peace, they are, at the very least, guilty of misrepresenting it."
From Vision to America: "With runaway deficit spending driving our great
nation toward bankruptcy ... With the triple-A rating of the United States in
jeopardy for the first time in history ... Obama's rhetoric about a 'balanced
approach' and 'compromise' in the debate ... in reality means he's totally
unwilling to accept any 'deal' that does not serve his political interests and
advance his socialist tax-and-spend agenda."
Peter Goodman (Huffington Post Business Editor - a Liberal publication):
"The same Republicans who have so eagerly prosecuted the war on terror,
running up huge deficits in the process, are now behaving like the enemies
on which they have squandered so much blood and treasure. They are acting
like terrorists. Yes, Terrorists." (A sample of the Liberal view of Conservatives.)
Drew McKissick (Editor, the Conservative Outpost website): "Despite the
current spotlight on fiscal issues in Washington (and virtually every state
capital), the battle over cultural issues has by no mean gone away. In fact,
even while our government continues to spend itself into bankruptcy, the
cultural war is still very much with us."
And assuming a touch of humor is permitted . . .
From Mark Twain, 1891, considered to be "the father of American literature" --
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.
But I repeat myself."
Another of those "Q & A's" -- Q: Why is the health care plan called Obamacare,
and not called Obamacares? A: Because he doesn't.