Jerry Newcombe

Terrence P. Jeffrey of reports the number of households on food stamps (23.1 million) exceeds the total number (20.6 million) of all households in the northeast U.S. (9/17/13).

Well, who is doing well in this economy? One group that is not hurting is government workers in DC. The four richest counties in the country now are in the greater DC area. (Jeffrey H. Anderson, "A River of American Money Flows to D.C." Weekly Standard, 9/23/13).

Conservatives argue that one of the reasons for the slow economic recovery is Obamacare. As of this writing, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has finished his long speech against Obamacare. Many have criticized him, but his overall message is that Obamacare is bad for the country.

Meanwhile, if Obamacare---which the Supreme Court said is constitutional as a tax (which it was not passed as, and probably would not have been passed had it been proposed as a tax)---does go into full force, the poor could well be the hardest hit.

Writing for PHARMA & HEALTHCARE (9/23/2013), Chris Conover reports, "Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four." Not only will the costs for healthcare increase, but many are already losing their jobs (or having them reduced in hours and pay) because their employers find the healthcare benefit too prohibitive.

The irksome thing about Obamacare is the way the politicians exempt themselves from it. If it’s so great for everybody else, then those in government should also have to live by it. No? Shouldn't the politicians have to swallow their own medicine? 92 percent of Americans think Congress members and their staff should not be exempt, as they currently are.

Any way you look at the numbers, we seem to be getting poorer as a nation.

Now, it's not a sin to be poor. I know some poor people who are rich in faith and joyful, and I know some rich people who are poor in faith and miserable. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, Contentment makes a poor man rich, and discontentment, a rich man poor.

But the Bible has strong warnings against laziness. The Apostle Paul says that if a man deliberately will not provide for his own family, he has denied the faith. He also says if a man will not work, then neither shall he eat. (He didn't say if he cannot work, but if he will not work. The church has always been on the forefront of helping those who cannot work.)

Our founders said that that government which governs best governs least. But our government today essentially says the opposite. The real story in all this is that while the average American is getting poorer in our time, the federal government is growing beyond reasonable bounds.

Oh, for the likes of Ronald Reagan. Perhaps, he put it best in his First Inaugural Address: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.