We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Finally, nice and warm this morning for a change from VT. 16 F here in NYC. That's global warming for you. Funny how it can feel colder without any wind, and the air itself feels frozen into a lifeless stillness. That's why I never bought into that wind chill nonsense.
Obama's vagueness about the federal role comes at a moment when clarity is especially needed. Our government is about to become bigger, more powerful and more expensive in order to deal with a sprawling economic crisis. Washington will take on responsibilities it hasn't shouldered in 75 years, such as directly alleviating unemployment and perhaps nationalizing banks. Many who would ordinarily reject such interventions on principle can justify them as misery relief, Keynesian stimulus or emergency management. But some see in the expansion something further-reaching—a redefinition of the government's relationship to markets transcending the current crisis.
I, like manu others have worked hard all my life and done the things that a man,parent and husband is supposed to do...yet I am punished and the profligate rewarded....but I'll carry on doing the right thing because thats what we do...isn't it?
Well, the fall in assest prices means that home prices every need to be around one-half their peaks and that the appropriate value for the Dow is around 8500, or less. This plays out as substantial reductions in pensions and tax revenues. Social unrest will surely follow: re Iceland.
I read the piece by Stein yesterday and I was surprised by his compassion for a friend who clearly played a central role in her own financial problems. Moreover, the fact that the friend had been living a very comfortable lifestyle with other people taking care of her was off-putting.
But, what quickly came to mind as I examined my own reactions to this was Mathew 5 43-48. Though this passage discusses love of enemies, I think it is applicable to those we deem morally culpable for their own problems. We can show compassion even though we recognize their failures. This is what we ask God to do for us, so we must extend this to others. That is why the passage ends with "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Living the way of the kingdom on earth doesn't always make sense in earthly terms. Gentle correction is fine, but I can overlook it when someone chooses love.
Didn't Gahndi say, "I consider western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ's Christianity." There was a reason Jews dropped the vowels when they wrote the name of God, but many became pharisaical forsaking the purpose for the practice. This must be why Jesus declares, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
I don't believe the whole of Chistianity can be judged by the perfomance of its adherents, but I understand Gahndi's sentiment. Christians have a reputation for shooting the wounded--much of which is earned in my experience--but this should not be a reflection on Christ. His work is the point of the parable of the Good Samaritan, rather at odds with what is often seen in the church.
An aside: Last week, watching O'Reilly on Fox next door, O'Reilly made a statement about never getting emails from Nepal. As my wife is currently in Nepal I thought this was a wonderful coincidence. I had her email him (this weekend) from Katmandu. Her name is Dawn. Odds are a little better than winning Powerball, but not by much, that the email would be read. But let me know if you happen to watch it and it's read.
Now you'll pardon me; I'm off for a wee nip of the pure. (The Glenlivet 18).