In Kansas, Brownback just signed a tax law that removes income tax for businesses, professional income, or anything that can be sheltered in a trust or partnership. The elderly, the working class, and anyone who doesn't make enough money to shelter their money will still pay income taxes. For reduced services that they need more, of course.
All this, while my Christian conservative friends pray for the ACA to be overturned and for Obama to lose his reelection bid. Obviously, for many of you here, that doesn't surprise or shock you, because as Leighton just said so eloquently, "lies for Jesus are just simply lies." I still, stupidly want to believe that my conservative Christian friends--the ones who speak glowingly of their personal relationship with someone who healed the sick and hung out with whores and lepers--would actually want policies that look after the "least of these."
But for many of them, Obama's race undoubtedly taps something they can't openly address. For others, deep down, they just don't like poor people, and assume that many of those who are homeless or ill or poor are just lazy and immoral. I wish I could say I understood that, but there is a cruelty there that is just scary. But I absolutely don't understand their sycophantic kneeling at the altar of the wealthy and powerful.
Read this from the late departed Elizabeth Edwards. In this 2008 essay, she describes meeting a single mother (apparently), seemingly employed, grabbing Edwards at a talk and telling her that she was terrified by the lump in her breast, but could not get it checked because she had no insurance.
In the landscape of the health-care debate, two very different paths lie in front of us. Which one we choose will speak volumes about who we are as a nation and what values we hold dear. Our choice will determine what we say to women like Sheila—whether we say, “We are with you. Your challenge is our challenge too, and we will help you face it,” or simply shrug and say, “Sorry, you’re on your own.” That’s the moral choice we face today and which path we walk down is up to us.My Christian friends don't want to admit it, but the people who pray to a man who healed women and lepers, are saying to people like Sheila, "you are on your own."
There is nothing Christian about that response.