My problem with Obama’s SOTU Speech

They are more than a few problem with Obama speech. First I am tired of politician raising taxes on the rich under the guise of making them pay their fair share. The democrats  are moving  the goal post in defining what is a fair share. I thought the rational for raising taxes in the past was making the rich pay “fair share”. Logic says one a  tax Increase  enacted the rich should be paying their fair share.  Yet every year the Libra want to increases   taxes higher because the rich according  to their view are not paying  a fair share even after already passing a tax increase  on the rich. Second and more grievous is the money is supposed to (I don’t believe it) to help working families. like paying for child care. Wait  just a minute, there are millions middleclass workers like me who are single, or married with no children, or empty nester that will see all the pain of increasing taxes but little benefit. So what Obama  disingenuously  claims  to help  the middleclass by  assistance to only a small group of middleclass . Finally as a Christian I find the pitting of middle class against the rich a sin:

 

Exodus 20:17English Standard Version (ESV)

 

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

How  should  we act

Leviticus 19:15English Standard Version (ESV)

15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

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Merry Christmas

John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Merry Christmas to all

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Christmas Follies 2014

So start off concerning a post about the flop of a movie  Saving Christmas:  A friend  on Facebook  got it right about  the sad state of Christian  entrainment. I been bother by the state of Christian  entertainment. I listened to a lot great sacred classical music. A will be going to Bach Christmas oratorio at ST. James Lutheran. The great thing about this is not just a performance but part of a vesper service. I always wonder where are today’s evangelical Messiah, Requiem mass and Great mass in C ( my favorite Mozart piece)?  Where are our Handel, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn and even Benjamin Britten? The problem is today is the Evangelical church exchange artistic  excellence and art criticism  for pragmatism and a poorly  written chick track. As a result we have lame praise  songs and Saving Christmas.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

 

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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