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How Would You Put Americans Back to Work?

First and foremost, pay no attention to the gyrations of the stock market. The nation is still hurting, and a big reason is that not enough people have been able to find work. Consider this. In December of 2007, just two years ago, there were 1.7 applicants for every available job. Last month, that number jumped to 6.1.

The House is currently trying to figure out what to do about this. Those people who elected Barack Obama and gave both the House and Senate Democratic majorities are getting antsy. That’s not a good place to be with midterm elections on the horizon. But what to do?

There are a number of proposals on the table. Some lawmakers want to see a second stimulus enacted. Trouble is, no one, least of all the White House, sems to know how many jobs were really created or maintained from the last one. You can probably count a second stimulus as DOA, at least for now.

There are calls for some type of incentive for employers to hire new people. They range from a tax credit, to government funding of health benefits, to a straight payment of up to $3000 to any employer who hires new workers. Congress backed away from these incentives when they were brought up before because they worried employers would game the system (who, those capiatins of free enterprise? Never!!!).

Still others want to see some form of government make woprk program similar to the WPA or CCC during the Great Depression. Cost would be a big impediment here. Moderate Democrats would have the same objections they had to healthcare reform. And the Republicans? Suffice to say that anything that they see as hurting President Obama, like high unemployment, is a good thing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging caution, even in the face of mounting pressure to get something done. To pay for jobs creation, some have argued for using unspent financial bailout money, while others say new fees on securities transactions would make Wall St. foot at least part of the bill.

While out and out jobs creation sounds wonderful, Democrats in both houses of Congress have to be mindful of the political minefield any proposal would have to navigate. So as the House leadership takes its time in coming up with a plan, they must also balance fiscal prudence with an urgent need to act. Fewer and fewer Americans are buying the notion of a recovery, either now or in the near future.

So what would you do to put the unemployed back to work?

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Hey Liberals! Want to be Adopted by conservative Christians?

Well, now I’ve seen and heard it all! A conservative Christian group allied with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University decided that, rather than condemning liberals like President Obama, they should adopt them instead. This is a radical change from the usual conservative Christian rhetoric about those with whom they disagree.  In addition to adoption, the Liberty Council wants its members to pray for the liberals as well.

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And who makes the list? The usual suspects, like the President, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, there are others who might now classify themselves as liberal, like California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

And what is President Obama’s sin? From the Liberty Council’s prayer initiative….

“President Obama has assembled what is arguably the most radically liberal administration in American history. His policy initiatives have favored socialism, the homosexual agenda, and the funding of infant genocide around the world. He has denied America’s Christian heritage but has openly praised Islam for its contributions to America and the world. He calls himself a ‘citizen of the world,’ a term that reflects his support of a ‘one world government.'”

So what exactly are they praying for? Do they think the President and his ilk will experience some sort of miraculous conversion? Now, just in case you think The Liberty Council’s approach heralds some new era of conservative Christian soft sell, consider that at last week’s “How to Take America Back ” conference, Obama was called “an enemy of humanity” by Arizona Cong. Trent Franks.

At that same conference, a former advisor to Mike Huckabee accused the President of staffing his administration with “professional infidels”. Sound familiar? That’s the same kind of language radical Islam uses. No matter. These folks believe they have right on their side, whatever right is.

So back to praying for liberals. At the church I attend, we pray for world leaders. When GW Bush was president, we prayed for him, as we do now for President Obama. And Qaddafi. And Ahmadinejad. And Kim Jong Il. We pray not in tongue-in-cheek humor, but because we want God to help guide their thinking and actions. At least, that’s what I’m praying for. When we pray for our Episcopal church, we include those people with whom we fundamentally disagree.

However, when the Liberty Council says they’re praying for Obama because he believes in some sort of one world government, they’re straight up lying. They also lie when they say the President has denied America’s Christian heritage. But hey, I’m nitpicking here. I guess the central question is whether there’s anything wrong with praying for liberals, since liberals do in fact pray for conservatives.

You tell me. Anything wrong with adopting a liberal?

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Is Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” Worth a Reprimand?

Before this day is done, we’ll know if the House of Representatives cares as much about decorum as the US Tennis Association.

Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress is the issue at hand. Wilson apologized, just like Serena Williams did for her outburst at the US Open. Question is, are apologies good enough?

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House Democrats apparently don’t think so, at least not some of them. Despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement last Thursday that it was time to move on, there are those who think stronger action is needed. Wilson’s colleague from South Carolina, Rep. Jim Clyburn is one of them. He believes that Wilson’s outburst is part of a larger agenda. That is, to delegitimize Obama as President.

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The congressman has a point. After all, if you can shout at a president during a speech, doesn’t that legitimize the tea parties, the birthers, the people who call Obama a Nazi?

Wasn’t Joe Wilson speaking for them? In less than a week since Wilson’s outburst, “You Lie!” t-shirts are turning up. Right wing gasbags on television and radio have turned handstands trying to kiss up to this guy.

Why? Because, like the fake controversy over Obama’s speech to school kids, Joe Wilson is the wind beneath the right’s wings. Whether he apologizes on the house floor is irrelevant to them. He’s the poster boy for all they believe about this President. Most of them wouldn’t agree with Barack Obama if he was giving the Congressional Medal of Freedom to their mama. By way of nuance, I don’t agree with everything Barack Obama does or says. Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s recent trip to New York City reminded me that his position on health care reform is a lot closer to mine than the President’s is. Ramping up troop strength in Afghanistan isn’t what I’d do if I were in his shoes. I could go on, but here’s the important part. I respect the office of the President of the United States. I did when GW Bush held it, and I do now.

The Joe Wilsons of the world apparently do not. Not at least when someone they disagree with is the most powerful person in the world. Wilson himself says one apology is enough, and that he won’t apologize a second time on the House floor. For that, a resolution of disapproval is certainly in order.

Hey, congressman, you said it in front of your colleagues, now say sorry in front of the same group. As they say in the Bronx, “Act like ya got some respect!”

What do you think? Should the House pass a resolution of disapproval against Joe Wilson?

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