Weekend Update 05-26-2012

Posted: May 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Weekend Update | 2 Comments »

Yeah, all that austerity is working wonders throughout the Eurozone. “De Nile” ain’t just a river in Egypt.

I have to wonder why any part of the 99% of Americans want to keep sending politicians to Washington who blatantly want to let Wall Street financiers gamble with what is essentially taxpayer money (or at least taxpayer guaranteed bailouts when they inevitably lose their gambles).

An interesting look at why the GOP, in particular, has ceased caring about the unemployment rate (and thus the unemployed) as a deliberate matter of policy. As they say, follow the money.

Richard Beck hits on something on which I had never really connected the dots. I’ve often had a sense of disconnect with things people in my Christian context say and do, but have never really understood why. I think this may be a significant factor. “Specifically, sin is more than skin deep. Trouble is, the main problem Protestants tend to worry about when it comes to sin isn’t the sin. It’s God’s anger over sin. Because of this Protestants aren’t really all that interested in escaping sin. They are mainly preoccupied with escaping hell. Thus, for many Protestants the answer to our “sin problem” isn’t holiness but forgiveness.”

The only real fiscal goal of Republicans in Congress is more tax cuts for their wealthy supporters (and generally for themselves as well). Screw the country and virtually everyone in it for short term gain. And it really is a short term gain as that very wealth tends to be supported by the overall health of our country. A larger piece of a smaller pie will actually end up being a net loss.


2 Comments on “Weekend Update 05-26-2012”

  1. 1 Steve Robinson said at 3:25 pm on May 26th, 2012:

    I love Richard Beck. He’s of my former Christian tradition and one of the most thoughtful and incisive thinkers I read these days.

  2. 2 Scott said at 7:23 pm on May 26th, 2012:

    I thought I had you whitelisted from the the last time you commented. Ah well. Should be now.

    I don’t recall how I stumbled across Richard’s blog, but I’ve been reading it for some years now. It’s among my favorites. I suppose you read his lengthy series on slavery to death? I thought that was a pretty impressive series. My mother is a number of things, but she has a master’s in psychology and art therapy among them. So I tend to appreciate his perspective from that direction as well.