A person trained to think in an integrated fashion will be able to do just about any job that’s out there, given good mentoring. A person trained in only the affairs of their little box will be useful only inside that box. When we have more people than boxes you’re left with people who have no where else to go with no one who will take them.
The headline I read today was “New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste.” The opening paragraphs seemed to set the stage for the article:
Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.
The rationale for this one is to cover the employers’ mandatory contribution to the City’s “Healthy San Francisco” health-coverage system. The charge actually is levied on employers, but at least some restaurants are adding a few dollars or percentage points to each customer’s bill to cover this charge.
We also have to ask about those who are doing the taxing. They obviously believe they have the right to take your resources from you. They must believe that they can obtain some good that you, and perhaps few others, would have subsidized if left to your own devices. They must believe that they know how much they can fairly extract from you. They must believe that they have the right, if you protest, to incarcerate you and take your possessions by force if need be. In sum, they are almost indistinguishable from tyrants.
Christians should not support tyrants or adopt their methods and so become tyrants ourselves. If there is a cause we wish to support, we ought to do so from our own resources out of the free expression of our own hearts (2 Corinthians 8).
There are many people who don’t like the idea of Christianity being involved in politics. The supposition is that spiritual people shouldn’t have an interest in such trivial matters. However, if there is indeed a connection between economics and liberty and human rights, then we see that such things are not trivial at all. Nor can we hope, in the spirit of Christian compassion, that our efforts to use the government for ‘compassionate’ purposes won’t have inevitable consequences. Of all people, Christians shouldn’t be looking around with shocked expressions when the best laid plans of men go awry- for they always do.
*Flash* Today Barack Obama voted ‘Present’ on the Stimulus Bill *Flash*
Washington D.C., Today Barack Obama voted present for the stimulus bill in what he joked was a “knee jerk reaction born of habit” and proof that he was, contrary to reports, “…not a, uh, uh, um, divine being or, uh, eh, uh, uh promised Messiah, but eh, uh, a human being like the rest of you mere uh, mortals…” Reportedly, Rahm Emmanuel was quick to remind the president that he was no longer a senator and didn’t have to worry about voting at all.
Obama was heard to quip, “I didn’t have time to read the bill, either, so I guess its good I don’t have to take a position on it.” Sources close to the White House report that Obama was reminded that he would have to decide whether or not to sign the bill, and that it would be his name on it if he did, and that Obama then launched a spirited speech on how he was going to bring change to Washington until it seemed no one was paying any more attention… *Flash* Breaking *Flash*