Thursday, March 14, 2024

"Money, Money, Money, Money...Money!"

The federal government has just unveiled the annual farce that is called the federal budget. And guess what? No, it's not just that they want more money. That should go without saying. What is surprising about the new budget is that it calls for over $7 trillion dollars in spending. That may not mean much to many people simply because the numbers have long ago gotten so large, that we just can't even make sense of the figure.

For a moment, however, think about that number. That is more than $3 trillion more than the highest previous budget before COVID. That budget, for fiscal year 2019, rose to just over $4 trillion in spending. One of the differences between the current proposal and that previous highest budget, is that the previous budget had a fairly large increase in defense spending. Why does that matter? Because the current budget includes a very modest increase or $9 billion (I say a "modest" increase because, although $9 billion is more than you can probably imagine, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the budget).

The lion share, by far of the current proposal goes to "social" programs. Those would be things such as social security, Medicare, food stamps, etc. This picture shows, in as clear a way as it has ever been shown, that our society, and liberals in particular, are rushing to socialize our country to an extent that it has never been done before. And, call me pessimistic, but I believe that they will largely succeed, and in not all that long a time period at that. Why? Because people want the government to continue to give them things. It is a well-known axiom that people want a free lunch. And with the current government continuing to offer them one, why wouldn't they take it?

Here's the problem, if it has not become obvious already. There is no such thing as a free lunch. During his state of the union speech this past week, President Biden continued to claim that this atrocious increase in government spending will be paid for by "corporations paying their fair share." Leaving aside the question as to whether corporations pay their fair share or not (hint, they do!), one is made to wonder if people who believe such things are truly thinking through what they believe. Sometimes we are almost forced to asked the question "were you born this dumb or did you study to become such"?

The reality, however, is that people are blinded because they have eyes that will not see and ears that will not hear. That was spoken in a spiritual context, but remember that such blindness and deafness affects all of a person's faculties and not just their spirits. Thus, they are incapable of seeing that those corporations that will be made to pay ever higher taxes, will simply pass the increasing cost of doing business on to those who buy their products. Therefore, a car will cost more, groceries will be more expensive, and going to the doctor will almost rate taking out a loan! This should be obvious, especially to those who are always decrying those "greedy corporations." If they are as greedy as liberals think, then it should not be surprising when they do the very things they are accused of doing.

What, then can we do to help solve this conundrum? Entrust ourselves, our children, and our society to the God of heaven. Pray for our nation and for our people, our families, our churches, and our institutions. Above all, remember that God is controlling everything that takes place. Biden and the other liberals are not, regardless of what they think, calling the shots. They are nothing more than an instrument in the hands of Jehovah to bring about His will. If that is the case, then why fret? Trust in the Lord for He will bring it about. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God (Psalm 43:5).

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