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Synopsis:  Program #78 - Cutting Big Government – April 28, 2013

 

Two months ago the sequester agreement resulted in a 2.4 percent, one-time cut to federal spending.  This does not override the yearly automatic budget increases of 3-7 percent.  Therefore, the government will still spend more this year than last year.  The sequester resulted in only a slight decrease to absurd yearly increases.  Even though the reduction was miniscule, Conservatives were glad for the forced budget cuts.  Federal spending is loaded with fat.   But as we should have expected, the bureaucrats are not cutting unessential federal services, but the few essential duties of government like air traffic controllers.   Program #78 discusses this political tactic called the “Washington Monument Strategy.”

 

Based on Biblical examples, what do unbelievers do when they run out of money?  Borrow and beg or tighten the belt?   The program concludes with comparing the current administration to the cost cutting practices of Calvin Coolidge.   President Coolidge was a Christian man who felt a great burden to be a good steward of the people’s money. While Coolidge was counting the number of unnecessary pencils purchased by the government, our current president is taking multimillion dollar vacations.   We have lost Christian values in government.   “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2)

 

 “And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.” (Isaiah 56:11)

 

Scriptures Referenced:  Luke 15:14; 1 Kings 14:26-27; Genesis 43:2; Isaiah 8:20-22; Deuteronomy 17:16-17; Isaiah 56:11;  Jeremiah 10:21, 223:1, 50:6; Ezekiel 34:2, 8:23; Jeremiah 3:14-15; Zechariah 11:16; John 10:11