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·         Biden’s Cradle-to-Grave Government

His latest $1.8 trillion plan rejects the old social contract of work for benefits.

 

·         Team Biden: Never let manufactured crises go to waste

… To scare the American people into accepting his reckless spending proposals, Biden is leveraging the pandemic, which means he is framing it as still hot, raging and dangerous, while immodestly taking undeserved credit for the progress that we've made…

 

·         Samuel Alito’s Culture-War Warning

The Justices punt on California’s sanctions against Texas.

 

·         More than 400 Businesses Support ‘Equality Act’ – Showing Disdain for Life, Religious Freedom, Privacy and Safety

… In essence, this means that well-known, big businesses like Aflac, Coca-Cola, Food Lion, General Mills, Home Depot, Macy’s, Tyson Foods and Xerox care more about appeasing LGBT activists than they do about religious freedom…

 

·         The Prospects of American Religion Have Never Been Higher

Brick-and-mortar religious communities are shrinking, but digital worship is growing.

  

·         Nation needs National Day of Prayer

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

 

  

Biden’s Cradle-to-Grave Government

His latest $1.8 trillion plan rejects the old social contract of work for benefits.

 

By The Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

April 28, 2021

 

The progressive hits keep coming from the Biden Administration, and the latest is the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan introduced in broad strokes on Wednesday. It’s more accurate to call this the plan to make the middle class dependent on government from cradle to grave. The government will tell you sometime later, after you’re hooked to the state, how it will force you to pay for it.

 

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We’d call the price tag breathtaking, but by now what’s another $2 trillion? Add $2 trillion or so each for the Covid and green energy (“infrastructure”) bills, and that’s $6 trillion of new spending in 100 days. That doesn’t include the regular federal budget of more than $4 trillion a year. No worries, mate, the Federal Reserve will monetize the debt.

 

But the cost, while staggering, isn’t the only or even the biggest problem. The destructive part is the way the plan seeks to insinuate government cash and the rules that go with it into all of the major decisions of family life. The goal is to expand the entitlement state to make Americans rely on government and the political class for everything they don’t already provide.

 

The White House talking points pitch this in the smothering love of the welfare state: “making care affordable”; free medical and family leave; “free education”; two years of “universal pre-school”; “invest in the care workforce.” Subsidies and millions of new care givers, all licensed and unionized, will nurture you through the challenge of earning a living and raising a family.

 

One question to ask is: Haven’t we tried this before? What is Head Start if not government pre-school education and child care? Weren’t school lunches and the Women, Infants and Children program supposed to prevent child hunger? Food stamps, welfare checks, child-care subsidies and a supplement to earned-income, plus public housing. Weren’t all of these programs and more from previous decades supposed to end poverty?

 

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Team Biden: Never let manufactured crises go to waste

 

David Limbaugh, Opinion, Southeast Missourian

May 1, 2021

 

My major takeaway from President Biden's joint address to Congress is that he and his handlers are continuing to employ the Democrats' primary strategy from the Obama years: Never let a crisis go to waste.

 

To scare the American people into accepting his reckless spending proposals, Biden is leveraging the pandemic, which means he is framing it as still hot, raging and dangerous, while immodestly taking undeserved credit for the progress that we've made.

 

To begin, he staged an image of crisis for television viewers by having a group of entirely vaccinated people unnecessarily wear masks and socially distance, though Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers recently suggested that the six-foot rule offers no protection in indoor settings, whether or not people are vaccinated. This charade is destructive to the American psyche, which desperately needs positive images and an end to the climate of fear the White House continues to perpetuate. Limiting the audience size also allowed Biden the luxury of hand-picking a more favorable audience for his speech. Everything in this bizarre administration must be carefully orchestrated because the powers behind the scenes can't afford the titular president to go off script even slightly.

 

To set the table, Biden said we are in "extraordinary times" and invoked the word "crisis" in his opening remarks. "Tonight, I come to talk about crisis and opportunity," he said. He immediately tied the "crisis" to his plan for Big Brother to start "rebuilding the nation."

 

It's not American enterprise and ingenuity that will rebuild it, mind you, but government spending pursuant to the Democrats' command-control economic model. Just like with former President Obama's "stimulus" package, they're effectively promising "shovel-ready" jobs galore, many of them catered toward another "crisis" -- the "climate crisis." Never mind how disastrous Obama's record was on that (Solyndra). We'll see similar failures should Biden shove this monster spending package, euphemized as an "investment," through Congress via the reconciliation process.

 

Biden continually expanded the scope of the crises. "One hundred days ago, America's house was on fire," he said, and he "inherited a nation ... that was in crisis. "The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." That last claim, by the way, is manifestly false. As National Review's Philip Klein tweeted, when Biden took over, the unemployment rate was 6.3% and the economy had just experienced two consecutive quarters of strong growth. In fact, Klein noted, during the Obama-Biden years, the unemployment rate was above 6.3% for the first five years.

 

Upping the ante, Biden breathlessly reported that 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and child care centers have lead in their pipes, "including in drinking water, a clear and present danger to our children's health." But these problems are nothing his proposed beneficent American Jobs Plan can't solve.

 

Ratcheting up the projected atmosphere of crisis and laying a further foundation for the public to accept his Big Brothership, he said that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was "the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War." Sane Twitter properly refuted this lie, noting that Biden conveniently forgot the Senate bombing of 1983. Mollie Hemingway cited the "deadly Summer of Rage with its attacks on the WH and federal court buildings, four presidential assassinations, another five assassination attempts, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11."

 

But, thanks to Biden's messianic magic, he boasted, "America is on the move again, turning peril into possibility, crisis to opportunity, setback into strength." Notice how those three word pairings are designed to accentuate the gravity of the alleged crises -- "peril," "crisis," "setback" -- and the indispensability of big Biden government to rescue us -- "possibility," "opportunity" and "strength." Further milking that theme, he said that the government was able to "rescue" American households through his American Rescue Plan -- the government's distribution of checks (printed money).

 

Grossly taking personal credit, Biden stressed that "We're also providing rental assistance," and patronizingly added, "you all" -- his fellow Big Brotherites in Congress -- "know this, but the American people -- I want to make sure they understand." Thank you, Generous Joe. He added that his friendly feds kept people from being evicted from their homes, provided loans to small businesses and enrolled 800,000 Americans in the Affordable Care Act because he "established the special sign-up period to do that."

 

Incidentally, the federal government's main accomplishment in turning the corner on COVID-19 -- Operation Warp Speed -- was initiated by former President Donald Trump and involved a robust partnership with private businesses and industry to produce vaccines. Yet Biden took credit for the vaccines and ungraciously offered no praise to Trump, all while pretending to project a bipartisan spirit.

 

Biden audaciously claimed that America on his watch is choosing "hope over fear, truth over lies and light over darkness." Precisely wrong. He is perpetuating fear -- keep those masks whether or not you're vaccinated, or even outside, or even in schools, where there's minimal risk -- and spreading lies so the darkness of these manufactured crises swallows the light and optimistic spirit of the American people. The actual crises we face are mostly created by the Democrats' war on cops, opening of the borders, pandemic fearmongering, fanning the flames of race, undermining confidence in America's founding (canceling Trump's 1776 commission and resurrecting the America-hating 1619 Project) and trying to spend us into irreversible bankruptcy.

 

Throughout the speech, Biden hammered the message that our crises are multifaceted and existential -- and the only remedy is his government and its limitless trillions of rescue dollars.

 

To paraphrase our ludicrously labeled "unity president," I realize conservatives "know this," but let's hope a significant portion of the other half of America understands the full implications of this madness.

 

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney who resides in Cape Girardeau.

 

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Samuel Alito’s Culture-War Warning

The Justices punt on California’s sanctions against Texas.

 

By The Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

April 29, 2021

 

Remember when you were told that a Supreme Court with six Republican-appointed Justices would consistently favor conservative outcomes? Well, this week the Justices sided with California against Texas and 19 other mostly red states in declining to hear a challenge to progressive cultural imperialism.

 

In 2017 a California law went into effect instructing the Attorney General to blacklist states with less progressive policies on gay rights, transgender policy or religious liberty. Texas was identified because it does not compel religious child-welfare organizations to place children with same-sex parents if that violates their conscience.

 

The California law bars the use of public funds for travel to any of the 12 states on the list. Texas explained in its petition last year that at least two academic conferences in Houston were disrupted as students and scholars from California’s public universities couldn’t get funding. Politicians have had to use campaign funds rather than state dollars to travel to cities like Nashville in boycotted Tennessee.

 

Texas said such travel restrictions violate the Commerce Clause, which limits the ability of states to discriminate economically against their peers. It asked the Justices to invoke their original jurisdiction to block California’s economic coercion.

 

The Justices on Monday turned Texas down, but Justice Samuel Alito, in a dissent joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, argued that the Court should settle more such disputes. He explained that states treating other states as essentially hostile foreign powers could undermine the bargain that makes the Constitution work...

 

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More than 400 Businesses Support ‘Equality Act’ – Showing Disdain for Life, Religious Freedom, Privacy and Safety

 

by Jeff Johnston, The Daily Citizen

Apr 29, 2021

 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT activist group, announced that more than 400 major U.S. corporations have signed onto its “Business Coalition for the Equality Act.”

 

In essence, this means that well-known, big businesses like Aflac, Coca-Cola, Food Lion, General Mills, Home Depot, Macy’s, Tyson Foods and Xerox care more about appeasing LGBT activists than they do about religious freedom.

 

It means that Bank of America, Chobani, Facebook, Kellogg, Mattel, Pepsi, Target and UPS are more concerned about being “woke” than about protecting privacy and safety in restrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms.

 

It means that Albertsons, Capital One, Domino’s, Hershey, Nestlé, Pinterest, Smucker’s and Walt Disney believe that abortion should be a protected “civil right.”

 

There are more companies that support this radical, detrimental agenda. You can read the whole list of 416 companies, here.

 

HRC President David Alphonso said, “We are seeing growing support from business leaders because they understand that the Equality Act is good for their employees, good for their businesses and good for our country.”

 

As previously reported by The Daily Citizen, the erroneously named “Equality Act,” H.R. 5, adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, threatening key issues of concern for Christians.

 

“Sexual orientation” is very subjective, referring to numerous changeable aspects of a person, including sexual and romantic thoughts, feelings, attractions, experiences, behaviors and identity. “Gender identity” refers to how people think about themselves as male or female, some combination of the two, or neither. According to gender idealogues, an infinite number of “genders” exist.

 

The Equality Act elevates these characteristics to the same level as race, religion, and sex. The act goes so far as to redefine “sex,” which meant being male or female back in 1964, to include: “a sex stereotype; pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; sexual orientation or gender identity; and sex characteristics, including intersex traits.”

 

“Pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition” includes abortion. Adding this language to nondiscrimination laws means health care providers and health insurance would have to provide abortions – or risk lawsuits for being discriminatory.

 

The act has already passed the House, by a vote of 224 to 206...

 

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The Prospects of American Religion Have Never Been Higher

Brick-and-mortar religious communities are shrinking, but digital worship is growing.

 

By Ari Lamm, Opinion, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

April 29, 2021

 

A recent Gallup poll included some grim news: Less than 50% of Americans belong to a religious community such as a church or a synagogue, the lowest since the organization began asking the question in 1937. As an Orthodox rabbi, I might feel gloomy about the future of my profession. But the prospects of American religion have never been brighter.

 

This isn’t solely a testament of faith. When the Pew Research Center asked Americans in 2012 to describe their feelings about spirituality, only 19% said they felt any spiritual stirrings. Five years later, that number rose to 27%—even as the number of Americans who defined themselves as neither spiritual nor religious remained largely unchanged. While more Americans yearn for more spiritual connections, fewer feel comfortable finding them in traditional settings.

 

This isn’t news for those of us who have dedicated our lives to the rabbinate or priesthood. The reasons for the decline in synagogue and church attendance range from the changing nature of cities to competition with digital communication. Congregating with others in a physical space is a cornerstone of most faiths—I happily do it three times daily—but there’s much more to religion than sitting quietly on a wooden bench and listening to a sermon.

 

Seen this way, the new Gallup survey should be read not as an obituary but an opportunity. Religion is ripe for disruption, to borrow a term from Silicon Valley: Plenty of Americans still love the product—just not its current platform. Nimble individuals and organizations have a chance to create communities of faith every bit as vibrant and meaningful as those that once huddled in brick-and-mortar buildings. How this is to be done is perhaps the most important question for American civic life in the coming decades.

 

People attend religious services because they want a spot of religion. Yet worshipers hear too much about climate change, systemic racism and transgender rights and not enough about Abraham, Sarah and Isaac or Luke, Matthew and John. Treating religion like the Academy Awards or the National Basketball Association—which also don’t draw the same attention they used to—has left Americans suspicious about traditional faith. This can be rectified by focusing on what business-school types call the core offering...

 

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Nation needs National Day of Prayer

 

Darlene Stern For Agri-View

via AgUpdate - May 1, 2021

 

David Ruis in the 1990s wrote a song entitled “There Must Be More” that resonates in the heart of everyone, especially these days.

 

“Lord I groan, Lord I kneel;

 

I’m cryin’ out for something real;

 

’Cause I know deep in my soul;

 

There must be more.

 

Lord I’m tired, yes I’m weak;

 

I need your power to work in me;

 

But I can’t let go, I keep hangin’ on;

 

There must be more.”

 

We all feel that way. There must be more to life than what we are experiencing. There must be more to God than what we’ve been taught and believe. If the Word of God in the Bible is the essence of God and a roadmap for our lives, then something is missing because we’re not living the Great Commission.

 

The National Day of Prayer was instituted in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The event is observed the first Thursday of May every year to acknowledge and celebrate the understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible. There’s a new focus each year, but always under the umbrella of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

 

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

Perhaps the verse that precedes could be considered most appropriate this year...

 

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