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It should come as no surprise that Jim Wallis, social activist and self-described Christian Evangelical preacher, is not very happy with Obama’s surrender on the issue of keeping low tax rates for America’s wealthiest citizens. What many people probably don’t realize is that Wallis is not the only Evangelical that disagrees with the socio-economic agenda of the Religious Right, who have long been supporters of trickle down economics. In today’s Huffington Post he attacks the upside down socialism that has been saddling America for the past 25 years while pointing out the fallacy behind the Republican’s strongest argument for extending the lower rates:
…most of the people who will be keeping their tax cuts are not job creators. After all, how many jobs will the Goldman Sachs traders create, or the hedge fund gamblers, or the celebrities who dominate our lives? Almost none. On the contrary, they have been the “job destroyers,” having wrecked this economy and the lives of so many people.
They are already getting richer because of our taxpayer bailout, and now we’re giving them more tax breaks and estate tax bonanzas. There is socialism in America, but it’s only for the rich. Risk has been socialized for some of the very richest people in the country, and then, the “free market” pain is distributed to all the rest.
Our national economic philosophy is clearly now to reward the casino gamblers on Wall Street and to leave the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup — hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers. More tax breaks and benefits for the very wealthiest people in America is not only bad economics and bad policy; it is fundamentally immoral. In a letter to the president signed by over 100 religious leaders, we said just that.
So far, they haven’t listened.
Wallis and many other Christians believe that, if this is the Christian Nation that the conservatives are saying it is, then it is the nation’s obligation to look out for those who are not as fortunate as the rest of us. As some as they say in their letter to the President:
Extending the Bush tax cuts for the most fortunate while ending unemployment benefits and cutting back services for the poor does not reflect the values of faithful Americans. For that reason, we urge you to let tax cuts for the most fortunate expire as scheduled at the end of the year.
Man, it’s really tough getting a handle on this President. Is he Woodrow Wilson incarnate, or Ronald Reagan?
The Right wing thinks he is an anti-American, quasi-Christian (or maybe-Muslim) pseudo-intellectual who is hell-bent on forcing his national socialist agenda upon the United States, impoverishing it enough so that it will easily comply with the demands of a European-led New World Order. The deadliest of democracy’s enemies: a Progressive.
The Left wing believes he is a cowardly, vacillating Quisling, a pawn of the Republicans, who has arrogantly ignored his Democratic base by caving in to conservative congressional demands, kowtowing to Wall Street and perpetuating the policies of the Bush era. In short: he is no Progressive.
How can Limbaugh, Savage, Beck and the Teavangelistas label Obama a Progressive/Socialist who must be defeated in 2012 while Schultz, Rhodes, Miller and the Young Turks are questioning the wisdom of supporting him for another term?
I guess this shouldn’t be very surprising, when our only political choices are between two extremes. Or at least, that’s the way the politicians and pundits present things, particularly with this last election. Any moderates need not apply for office. We will accuse you of lacking ideals and convictions and you will likely lose the primary.
So, is Obama feeling this liberal heat for being a moderate: willing to negotiate terms with Republicans, just so that something might get done, even if it is something less than what he would have hoped? Are the Democrats really the liberal extremists the conservatives paint them ? And are the conservatives so intoxicated with political righteousness that it is impossible for them to see anyone on the left as something other than a Marxist demon?
Because the conservatives sure are unaware of any presidential diplomacy, any sense that Obama might be more of a centrist than a leftist. They crow about the victory of Republican ideals over Democratic snake oil, ignoring the fact that this victory would not have been possible without a Presidential willingness to play ball. The debate over whether or not to extend Bush the tax cuts and restore lapsing unemployment benefits could have stalled over political principles, presenting us with the worst case scenario – increased taxes on the middle class along with a loss of their jobless benefits.
It’s no wonder that so few politicians present themselves as thoughtful, reasonable people, willing to listen to both sides of the issue and take both sides seriously. Moderates raise the ire of both political parties. Besides that, the subtleties of post partisanship, the idea that both sides have good ideas and that the best practice is one that is not slavishly devoted to any one ideology, is lost on today’s voters. . Everything is a matter of black or white, left or right. And that’s how we like our Presidents.
…and then I fell asleep.
Sorry, but I thought it was all political smoke. No real substance. Exaggerations and repetitious spankings. Typical jousting tournament between two knights armed with sound bites. But, based on style and gravitas I have to give Biden the nod. You betcha.
A recent Gallup poll has come up with some pretty unsurprising news: McCain leads Obama with regular white church goers where as Obama takes the lead with whites who attend church infrequently or not at all.
Now, I am probably going to vote for McCain in November. And his choice of Palin does not sway me one way or the other. I like Obama, but I think his vision might come with too expensive a price tag. But honestly, if he won, it wouldn’t be the end of the world for me.
The funny thing is, that 5 years ago, when I was NEVER attending church, I wouldn’t have voted for Obama if he was the last man (or woman) in the country. Not because he is black but because he is a ‘liberal’. Attending church has definitely made me less ‘conservative’. I seem to have fallen out of step with the majority of white church-going voters. Huh.
The Brits must think this election is funny. So do I. I couldn’t help it, these pictures made me laugh. Follow the link to some English photo humor, made at our nation’s expense. Sore losers.
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