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Taxpayers funding the abortion industry is not another bailout

100days We’ve seen the bailout of the banking industry; we’ve seen the bailout of the auto industry and in both cases we ask why should we taxpayers be involved. That’s a good question, and a question that I’m sure will be discussed for decades to come as the billions come due for repayment by working taxpayers.  Even the question of whether these loans are bailouts is a question that is already talked about. However, no matter what the semantics and mechanics of the solutions are, it is out of concern for the economy and those who would suffer, that I believe most people were willing to stomach the bailouts.   

On the flipside, OneNewsNow.com recently used bailout in reference to moneys that will be asked for and likely granted to pro-abortion groups by the Obama Administration.

A pro-life group in Washington has launched a campaign to oppose what it calls president-elect Barack Obama’s planned $1.5 billion "bailout" of the abortion industry.

They go on to describe the bailout.

Last week, the Obama-Biden Transition Project posted a report on its website that calls for dramatic policy reversals on abortion, including $1 billion in taxpayer money for international abortion groups like Planned Parenthood. The report, titled "Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration," also calls for a 133-percent increase in funding for the Title X program, which funds Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.

In the case of mortgage banks and the auto industry, bailout may or may not be the most correct term.  In this case of taxpayer increased funding to the abortion industry though, it is most definitely not a bailout.

LifeSiteNews.com: Many of the recommendations are about who gets government support. The pro-abortion groups not only want more money — nearly $3 billion — but they also want the government to stop funding groups who do not share their ideology. For example, notice the following four recommendations out of the many contained in the document:

• Provide $1 Billion for International Family Planning Programs

• Restore Funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) •

Increase Funding for Title X Family Planning Program to $700 million

• De-fund Abstinence-Only Programs

This program promoted by the upcoming Obama Administration is not a bailout, it is more than just money, it is our national government increasing it’s active role in the nations abortion industry.   Not only will taxpayers be asked to pay for more abortions, our lawmakers will be asked to adjust the rules that might inhibit expansion of the abortion industry.  

I’ve heard some on the left say that we export death; I know they were referring to our national defense, but with this Obama-Biden promoted program’s international element, I will finally agree with the left; we will be exporting death. 

I recommend reading the whole program yourself so here is a link to Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration and here is a word that you won’t find anywhere in the 55 page document, adoption.  Yes, the document is literally littered with words like abortion and reproductive rights, but no where did I find the word adoption. 

And why would anyone expect that they would; groups like Planned Parenthood are not in the business of adoption.  I know that may comes as a shocker to the many who believe that Planned Parenthood is all about contraception, women’s health and helping mothers make choices, but it is not. 

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This is a snapshot of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America 2006/2007 report and the columns represent figures from 2005 & 2006.  They claim in the report that “abortion services” represent only 3% of total services provided, yet I see that in 2006 they had just over 3 million clients and performed almost 300,000 abortions.  The 3% is a distraction, a hey look a bird, while the real number looks a bit more like 10% of their clientele are there for abortions.  So within one presidential term over a million kids will have died at the hand of Planned Parenthood using our tax dollars.  And that is with a pro-life Bush Administration; how will the body count look after 4 years of a pro-abortion Obama Administration.

Getting back to the A word; adoption.  I think we all realize that actual parenthood has little to do with Planned Parenthood.  If it did, then surely with clients having almost 300,000 abortions performed in 2006, many fold of this would have been referred for adoption, you know where kids are actually born and raised by parents.  But no, look at the teeny tiny small number; over 1 million pregnancy tests; almost 300,000 abortions; yet only 2,410 adoption referrals.   That token amount of adoption referrals doesn’t do anything to convince me that Planned Parenthood cares about the life of unborn children.

It is a sad statement that not only do we allow this to go on in our nation, but with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars being routed there, our government is listed as an affiliate in Planned Parenthood’s balance sheet. 

During the next 4 years I will show respect the office of the President of the United States and I will continue to let my representatives know how I wish to be represented; but I will also remain proud that I did not cast my vote for what could be the most grizzly administration in the history of this nation.

Under God

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About 9:30 last night we were nearing the end of our three hour drive home from a 4 day Thanksgiving visit with family. Winding past Alger I we heard our 5 year old’s barely recognizable, yet correct rhythm, recitation of our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance. I was happy to hear the strangulated pronunciation of “under God” included in his kindergarten practiced pledge. He and his second grade brother began to ask questions about what what indivisible and justice meant.  If it has been too long, here’s a refresher.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

I got on the net this morning to pull up the pledge and do a little home schooling, but what to my ever wondering eyes should appear, but an article about the recent death of Rev. George M. Docherty, the pastor who’s mid ’50′s sermon was the inspiration for the 1952 addition of “under God” to our nations pledge.  In 2002 Rev. Docherty, then 91 reprised his original sermon and still in this modern time, include this portion of his sermon explaining the meaning and necessity of the words “under God”

“There was something missing in this pledge,” Docherty preached yesterday, “and that which was missing was the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life. Indeed, apart from the phrase ‘the United States of America,’ this could be the pledge of any republic. In fact, I could hear little Muscovites repeat a similar pledge to their hammer-and-sickle flag with equal solemnity.”

“If we were to add the words ‘under the church,’ that would be dangerous. … It must be ‘under God’ to include the great Jewish community and the people of the Moslem faith and the myriad of denominations of Christians in the land. … What then of the honest atheist? … He cannot deny the Christian revelation and logically live by the Christian ethic, and if he denies the Christian ethic, he falls short of the American ideal of life.”

post-gazette.com also entire original sermon notes in PDF

I recommend reading his sermon notes as they are a wonderful demonstration of how religion and government in our nation were meant to interact.  In our nation, religious people can and should bring their faith along with them as they participate in our government.  Our government should bear the image of it’s people as a whole and should give credit to God who most of us still feel has blessed this nation from the beginning.

Rev. Docherty’s death was a loss for our nation, yet it should be a call for all of us to continue living our faith even as we participate in our democracy.

Which path shall we walk?

US Flag Our nation has taken one more step away from God.  We’ve been on this walk away from God and the Christian roots of our nation for several decades, so the giant step we took in the election was  not surprising.  Saddening, but not surprising.

I feel sadness that we live in a nation where so many people have devalued God so far that they are willing to elect a man who preaches false Christian doctrines, a man who sat in the pews of a hate filled church for 2 decades and a man who casually dismisses our nations Christian roots..

Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. We should acknowledge this and realize that when we’re formulating policies from the state house to the Senate floor to the White House, we’ve got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community.

Barack Obama, July 30, 2007

“Whatever we once were”  Such an odd question to come from a man who we just elected president.

No doubt we will have many challenges over the course of the next 4 years and I pray that we will meet those challenges head on and with dignity.

One of the first will be a challenge to treat Barack Obama with all the respect that we would any president of the greatest nation on earth.  I don’t want to hear anyone referring to him as not their president, just because they didn’t vote for him.  How demeaning to our nation and our people.  He will be our president come January, get used to it.

But we should also challenge our new president to rise above mere human values and conduct his administration with God given morality and ethics; the values of the Christian nation that we once were and still can be again.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Our nation still has tremendous freedom of religion.  More than most places on earth, and certainly enough for Christian values to flourish, if we really truly want that.  When it comes to immorality and dare I say, persecution of Christians, America of today has nothing on ancient Rome.  Ancient Rome, where all manner of depraved behavior was glorified and Christians were put to death for sport.  Yes that ancient Rome, where in spite the unspeakable conditions Christians were subjected to, Christianity grew, and grew, and grew, through a faith so strong that mortal death and persecution could not stop it.

Coincidentally, November 9th, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  As you pray for those around the world who are persecuted and martyred for their Christian faith, consider also a prayer for those take up God’s work in our own nation.  Better yet, become one of those people who take up His work in our nation.

Here is my post election message:

God bless America,
Land that I love,

Now is the time to;

Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a Light from above;

Senator Obama! Let our people grow!

 m2 I watched another video that Luanne put up over Right on the Left Coast.  She challenges us to to stand “boldly for the culture of life” after we view Barack Obama proclaiming his apparent disdain for infants; those who most refer to as a blessing.  In the book of Exodus we hear of the Pharaoh and his hard heart.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron
(Ex 8:15 NIV)

Take another look at the video clip.  This time look a little closer and you’ll see a modern day example of a leader with a hardened heart.  In that clip, Senator Obama, who half the nation seems to be looking at as presidential material, refers to an unborn child as a form of punishment.  Here’s what he said in reference to sex education,

But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.

You know, most American’s, even those who may favor Sen. Obama over John McCain, refer to grandchildren as blessings, not punishment.  And their daughters pregnancy, regardless of circumstance, as a blessing.  Many American’s even refer to unborn children as blessings from God.  Stunning concept, Mr. Obama, children are a blessing from God, not a punishment. 

I’m raising little blessing of my own, and Sen. Obama, if you are elected next week, then you’ll have to give me a little more to go on if I’m going to be able to teach my boys respect for our president.   What’s the lesson for them?   We should all respect each other, unless you’re president, then you don’t have to?

Bringing this post home, I’ll refer back to Luanne’s challenge to “boldly for the culture of life.”  Here’s my standing offer to you Mr. Obama and to your daughters.  If they make a mistake, my wife and I have got them covered.  Unburden your lives of what you refer to as punishment.  We will do everything in our power to get those grand kids of yours adopted by someone who will raise them as a blessing, or we will adopt them ourselves.  We’ve adopted before and other than joking a bit here and there about kid’s being punishment, we mostly just love and enjoy them. 

So here you go Sen. Obama; here is my email wally@wallywonderswhy.com.  Enough children have died already; so please, seriously, shoot me an email.

Election 2008 and the lure of money

Most news and polling sources put the economy as the top election issue this year with taxes, and healthcare costs also amongst the top running positions.  Of course, both presidential campaigns are hitting it hard telling Americans how they are going to ease our financial worries.  Who isn’t aware of each camps big gun financial cures aimed right at middle America.

Obama/Biden ’08 touts,

  • Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples.
  • Provide generous tax cuts for low- and middle-income seniors, homeowners, the uninsured, and families sending a child to college or looking to save and accumulate wealth.
  • while McCain/Palin pushes,

    By making the tax code more equitable and transparent, John McCain will give every family a refundable tax credit – cash towards insurance – of $5,000 (Individuals receive $2,500).

    No doubt, either of these proposal looks rather appealing for our family of four and probably most average American.  Both candidates are right on target.  I’ve got to admit this dirty little secret; even as a clearly conservative guy, it has crossed my mind that if Barack Obama were to win the election, my family might make out pretty good under his tax plan.  Yes, it was a scary moment when I found myself being lured towards the Obama/Biden side over the prospect of more money.  But you know, John McCain’s plan also looks pretty appealing. 

    However, with money in the forefront of this election, both camps are really loading down the voters with economic proposals, tax proposals, finger pointing, information and misinformation.  Right now, I find it next to impossible to choose between the candidates based on how it will effect my wallet.   To my great fortune though, I am a Christian.  And even though I was lured for a moment to consider how this election might impact my finances; at the behest of God’s Word, I have set aside the lure of money and will make my decisions on more important grounds.

    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  

    Hebrews 13:5 NIV

    And with the lure of money set aside, the differences between the two presidential candidates is quite stark.   I find Barack Obama praising and promoting secularism in our society, promoting love of self over love of children, and preaching the false gospel that all roads leading to God

    All are ideals and acts which seem abhorrent to leaders in the John McCain campaign.  Additionally with a value driven person like Sarah Palin in the VP seat, electing John McCain could set the stage for 8 more years of moral driven leadership even beyond the 4 – 8 years of a John McCain presidency. 

     

    Quick chart from the

    2008 Christian Coalition’s Voters’ Guide

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