Both California and New Jersey empower sanctuary cities to hoard illegal aliens, defying federal law, and costing the rest of the tax-payers in those states a sizable bills towards guaranteed emergency room health care, education, and crime prevention/law enforcement. In California the demand has so overwhelmed some school districts and hospitals that those organizations have already gone out of business. In other words they are spending more money than they have, keeping "promises" they are powerless to keep, and now they've come knocking on your door asking you to pony up some more.
Meanwhile the screaming heads on television keep getting more and more indignant as they repeat the mantra, "too big to fail."
And to top it all off, we just elected a President-elect who has promised even more "stimulus" (fancy word for giving people who don't work, the money of people who do) and bailout help (doing the same sort of thing for companies who are abysmal failures) and now, if we are to believe the screaming heads, incompetent state governments of New Jersey, California, and anyone else who may want to jump in line.
The McCullough's have long been a giving family. My parents gave to ministry and charities when I was little by the dozens even though we lived in a house that was purchased for $12,000, and my dad never made as much as $50,000 a year in his whole life.
Even though I personally experienced tremendous economic set-back, job loss, financial hardship, and major struggle in 2008, somehow--by God's grace--we still were able to help build homes for those without them, feed starving children, and numbers of other things. Yet if the bailouts continue, I may not be able to continue to do these or other acts of charity, that I feel strong conviction to do.
I don't say this to flaunt anything in public, but rather as justification.
Justification to tell Washington DC to shut the faucet off. Tell everyone who comes knocking, "No!"
Explain kindly that times are excruciating, that the average worker in America is not able to give more than they already are, and show them the door.
It may make for an uncomfortable set of meetings on Capitol Hill, but across the heartland it would win hearts, minds, and possibly votes.
The enthusiastic push that seems unquenchable from irresponsible companies, politicians who want or “have” to make good on favors, and the screaming manic voices on television and radio that insist we continue this cycle of crazed insanity are pushing us all into faster centralized control and socialized governance than ever before.
And when that happens we will be neither free to provide for ourselves, nor free to be ourselves. (And this doesn’t even begin to address the issue of defending ourselves from those in today’s world who wish us harm.)
Frankly, I'd just as soon depend upon my own creative problem-solving skills to insure my situation than Barney Frank's, because at least I know that my family's well being will be the central focus of my planning.
And though this holiday may be a little thin in numbers of presents under the tree, leaving our dignity in place, and allowing us a path to self reliant solutions may give us the best reason of all to think 2009 may in fact be a better year than 2008!
Everything else... is just white noise.
And I’ve “heard” enough!