Showing posts from March, 2011

Politics: Just how much is $61 billion in cuts? Another view ...

Imagine a car with a sticker price for $38,190.

One salesman says, "I'll sell it to you for $37,580. Would you buy it now?"

That is what cutting $61 billion dollars from the US Federal budget is equal to on a percentage basis on an automobile dealership lot.

Politics: Just how much is $61 billion in cuts?

The GOP has proposed $61 billion in cuts. The Democrats say that is too much. Looking at the figure suggests that both parties have their heads in the sand. Figure is from Cato Institute.

Faith: Randall Wallace at the National Prayer Breakfast

Politics: Should public-sector unions have collective bargaining rights?

At the moment, the Wisconsin public sector unions do but its Republican Governor and Republican members of the legislature want to remove that right.

Question: Do Federal workers have the right to collectively bargain?

Going to google ... many of the top website hits are people arguing with each other in blog discussion sites ...

Of sites that might be less heated and try to stick to the facts ...

It appears at the Federal level they do have some rights but national security workers appear to have limited rights according to this PolitiFact item. Excerpt:
Under the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act, all federal employees have the right to bargain collectively, but the president has the power to restrict those rights for employees working in the intelligence or national security fields.

At the state level, it appears to be the opposite in that this item posted in 2007 from the Heritage think tank seems to say that collective bargaining rights is widely available to public safety employe…

Theology: Does the Bible Support Same Sex-Marriage?

According to Prof. Robert Gagnon, no.

In his piece, he addressed the question of analogies to slavery. Excerpt:
Scripture shows no vested interest in preserving the institution of slavery but it does show a strong vested interest from Genesis to Revelation in preserving a male-female prerequisite. Unlike its treatment of the institution of slavery, Scripture treats a male-female prerequisite for sex as a pre-Fall structure.

The Bible accommodates to social systems where sometimes the only alternative to starvation is enslavement. But it clearly shows a critical edge by specifying mandatory release dates and the right of kinship buyback; requiring that Israelites not be treated as slaves; and reminding Israelites that God had redeemed them from slavery in Egypt.

Paul urged enslaved believers to use an opportunity for freedom to maximize service to God and encouraged a Christian master (Philemon) to free his slave (Onesimus).

How can changing up on the Bible’s male-female prerequisite f…

Non-profit of the Month: March 2011- Cato Institute

Tired of the talking-screaming heads on television news?

One of the places I go for thoughtful analysis of policy issues of the day is the Cato Institute.

Its a think tank in DC that often says the answer isn't a program based in DC.

From their "about" page:

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato's Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today's world of global markets and unprecedented access to more information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Non-profit of the Month: February 2011- Americares

When a disaster strikes somewhere in the world, only a handful of agencies have the size and know-how to get help in fast.

Americares is one of those organizations.

From their "about us" page:

Since our founding in 1982, AmeriCares has provided more than $10 Billion of aid to 147 countries. To accomplish these results, AmeriCares assembles product donations from the private sector, determines the most urgent needs and solicits the funding to send the aid via airlift or ocean cargo to health and welfare professionals in the indigent locations. The model is time tested, cost effective and experience driven. Historically, for each $100 donated, AmeriCares delivers more than $3,500 in emergency relief and humanitarian aid, including medicines, medical supplies, clothing, blankets and nutritional supplements.

AmeriCares has a longstanding commitment to fiscal responsibility and has consistently received high rankings from Charity Navigator for our efficiency. These ratings reflect…

Non-profit of the Month: January 2011- Union Rescue Mission and Venice Family Clinic

Starting the year off with a local flavor. I've mentioned them before but I'll mention them again because I am supporting these long time organizations that have been doing good working in the City of Angels. Hope you will do the same!

Union Rescue Mission

From their "about" page:

Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles.

We provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children, and families.

Venice Family Clinic

From their "clinic in brief" page:

Founded in 1970 in a borrowed storefront dental office, the Clinic has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. Founder Phillip Rossman, MD, and co-founder Mayer B. Davidson, MD, called upon friends and colleag…