The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The leadership vacuum and the blame game
The president on Friday took his case of raising the debt ceiling to the people in a news conference at the White House. His statement and answers to questions were very clear: he blames Congress for running up the debt; he blames Republicans for refusing a tax increase--what he calls a "balanced approach" or "revenues"; he continued to use Social Security, and even health care, as an area where cuts needed to be made; he said he had not studied the Republican plan, yet he said "I have not seen a credible plan." These are the ramblings of a man who instead of providing sound leadership in time of a crisis, is shifting blame and dodging answers.
It is a known fact that this president, and up until last year, his Democratic-controlled Congress, operated without a budget. In doing so, he and his political party added to the national debt a record breaking $4 trillion since January 20, 2009. He has done in two years almost as much as George W Bush did in eight years (a $4.9 trillion increase). The national debt stands at $14,356,849,859,165 and is increasing at a rate of about $80,000 per minute. As an American citizen your share of the national debt is $46,542. As a taxpayer, your share of the national debt is $129,835. Where does this money come from? If you had to pay it today for our nation to survive, would you be able to? Probably not.
This is the situation in which our elected representatives have placed us. The national debt is not a difficult thing to understand. If you have a mortgage, for example, you have personal or family debt. If you buy too much of a house and too much of a car and you run up your credit cards, you will have to make payments on this debt. When you cannot afford to make these payments, something has to give. The way you probably would handle it as a family is by cutting expenses, selling off the expensive items, or get a better paying job. The White House's idea of handling it is raising the debt ceiling, which allows the government to borrow more money. The president wants to raise taxes so he can borrow more money.
Common sense implies that you cannot spend more than you have or you will be in big trouble. When billions of dollars are being spent on frivolous studies, repairing mosques, aid to terrorist groups, funding death machines like Planned Parenthood and on and on and on, Americans need to insist on the very "unbalanced" approach of good stewardship and accountability. The future of your family is at stake. Right now we have an Isaiah 59:4 situation in our country: "None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity." We as a people need to stand, speak boldly, and hold the line on accountability.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!