An Oasis

I’ve been a daily reader of Andrew Tobias’s blog for many years. Financial pundit, DNC Treasurer, extremely rational and thoughtful man, Tobias is often an oasis of fact-based sanity amidst an ocean of nutballs. Yesterday’s post dealt with a survey from the Christian Family Coalition:

I got an email from the Christian Family Coalition asking me to take part in a survey.  The survey question was:  Should House Republican leaders cave in to President Obama’s demands and raise the debt ceiling again?

The Christian Family Coalition?  I’m frankly not sure this is the loving way Jesus would have framed the question.  For one thing, everyone is demanding we raise the debt ceiling, not just President Obama, for the simple reason that Congress has already incurred this debt.  The alternative is for the United States to default on its commitments, wrecking its credit.  By the tone of its question, is the Christian Family Coalition saying that’s what we should do?

Apparently so.  When the results of the poll were revealed, 85.2% said, no, we should not raise the debt ceiling (and another 3.2% were “unsure”).

It seems to me that “bully pulpit” has in recent years come to take on a whole new meaning.  It’s bullies, preaching from the pulpit.  In this case, preaching on behalf of those who would cut aid to the needy in order to protect millionaires and billionaires from having to pay even one cent more in tax on dividends and capital gains than they are paying today (15%) – let alone the 28% they paid under Ronald Reagan.

85%! Given that Jesus devotes so much of his teaching to helping the poor and needy, I think the Christian Family Coalition should find a new name.

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