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  •  Inequitable Policy Will Be Judged Harshly ! (none)
    The poorest 20 percent of American workers, who earn on average $16,600 annually, will get a tax break of $250 this year, about 1½ percent of their income. That amounts to about 68 cents a day.  

    The richest 1 percent of 'workers', with average incomes of $1.1 million, will receive $78,460 in tax cuts this year. That's more than 7 percent of their income.

    I wonder how Jesus would react to such `moral clarity'?  His Gospel, being based in truth and equity, leaves little doubt to the answer.

    How many 'workers' making over 1 million dollars this year do you know that donated their $78K tax refund to the homeless and hungry?

    In my view, such inequitable policy will certainly impart a harsh judgment in God's court.

    Peace.

    Truth - Equity - Peace - That's what I've learned from Jesus The Liberal.

    by ssolice on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 01:11:08 PM PST

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    •  Individual responsibility (none)
      Governments aren't called to account for themselves in the hereafter. Individuals are. A rich man who spends his tax refund on golf vacations and private jets while his neighbors starve will clearly have quite a bit to answer for.

      On the other hand, advocating progressive positions and candidates is not necessarily enough to satisfy one's moral obligations. If I were having an argument about "Christian duty" with a religious conservative, I don't think I'd want to claim that a check to John Kerry's campaign was "better" than a check to a homeless shelter.

      I'm bringing this up because of a statistic that I vaguely remember (but can't find a reference for), indicating that red states give more per capita to charity than blue states. I'd certainly agree that the Republican party's positions are unChristian, but that doesn't mean individual red state voters are as well. Being judgmental is as dangerous for progressives as it is for conservatives.

      •  But Advocating the Destruction of the Safety Net (none)
        As the repressive conservatives do, is clearly not what Jesus had in mind. Listening to Jerry Falwell congratulate himself on having social programs at his church reminded me how far Christianity has fallen from the ideals that Jesus taught.

        Helping all through the government shows a true compassion for the neighbors that Jesus spoke of. Restricting it to your congregation or religious body is just one more example of selfishness that Jesus condemned.

        A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Emerson

        by freelunch on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 03:40:20 PM PST

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      •  Government must be accountable to its citizens - (none)
        The less this government is called to account for its actions, the more it will continue to act with impunity.

        Whenever this government is called to account for its appalling record on poverty, it tries to hide behind some lame child tax benefit or other bullshit excuse.

        The fact is nearly 36 million Americans - one in eight- now live in poverty and millions more are considered working poor.  That means many of those are HUNGRY!

        This governments actions and policies are SINFUL!

        Peace.
        Out.

        Truth - Equity - Peace - That's what I've learned from Jesus The Liberal.

        by ssolice on Wed Dec 01, 2004 at 06:10:18 AM PST

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