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Disclaimer: Political Thoughts to Follow October 3, 2007

Filed under: Social Justice — furtherupfurtherin @ 1:42 pm
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21111931/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21089400/

There are two links here that you might like to read, but chances are if you have turned on a TV, read a newspaper, or surfed on-line in the past few days you are aware of both of these stories; nevertheless, I felt they were worthy of comment.

Now, I do not generally enjoy political discussions.  In my opinion, so often political discussions are simplified to a ridiculous degree so that politics and political critique are based upon a politician’s decision on a narrow range of issues.  Politics aren’t simple.  I understand that. 

But, this week our congress passed measures to continue funding for the Iraq war to the tune of 150 billion.  There is much debate circling exactly how this money will be spent; but, it will be spent. 

Today, our President plans to veto a bill that would add 35 billion in funding that would provide insurance to 4 million children.  This is a bill with large bi-partisan support. 

When the number of uninsured children in our nation continues to grow to convicting levels, shouldn’t we in the Church take notice at this?  Shouldn’t this action draw us into discussion and action? 

This post is not meant to be a comment on the war:  It is not.  I support the funding of the war.  Regardless of my position on the war itself, it would be unthinkable to not support funding of our troops who are over there, not only for their sake but for the sake of Iraqi’s as well. 

This post is meant to get us thinking about the position we are in as a country.  Maybe about the inverse priorities that seem at work in so many places.  150 billion for war and not 35 billion to ensure that children without access to health coverage gain access to health coverage? 

I am very interested to hear your responses to this.  Does this matter?  What is your response?  Is a response from God’s people called for? 

 Jim Wallis wrote an intriguing blog post surrounding this issue last week.  Check it out if you would like.  http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/an-open-letter-to-george-w-bus.html

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2 Responses to “Disclaimer: Political Thoughts to Follow”

  1. Jerry Davis Says:

    I am not suggesting the program be cut! We just need to define “poor children”. They need go back to the drawing board and come up with a bill that the president will sign that will cover “poor children”. We don’t need a bill that covers kids up to the age of 25 and incomes up to $82,000.

  2. furtherupfurtherin Says:

    Good point, it speaks to the complexity of the issue. There certainly needs to be (not just for this issue but for many others) a better definition of “poor.” For instance, the poverty level for a family of 4 is around $18,000; but a head of household would have to work 61 1/4 hours per week to make this level at minimum wage. There are certainly levels of income well above $18,000 that should be considered “poor” and would be greatly benefitted by this and other legislation.


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