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Just when you think you’ve heard it all in the election cycle, comes along more fuel to the fire with columnist, Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post blathering on why the Republicans lost this year’s election, and it’s all God’s fault.  She writes at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/18/AR2008111802886.html 

“Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I’m bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.  Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party.”

People have legitimate positions on all sides of these issues and we don’t have to agree with all of them, but a description of the oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is rather offensive. Socially conservative positions may not be the popular vote, but to suggest that a whole group of people leave their values behind is ludicrous.  Religion is very personal thing, but not necessarily private.  The gorilla she professes as a God problem is really the abortion issue. Obama made clear his support for the policy of federal funding and with regard to his personal life, saying that if his daughter’s made a mistake, he wouldn’t want them punished for the rest of their lives.  Did Obama learn this from Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church, The Koran, The Bible?

History will tell us of the consequence of voting for Obama and his selection of pro-abortion former U.S. senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota as his Health and Human Services Secretary. His announcement came on The Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the patroness of Catholic hospitals.  It strikes me that proposition 8 in California, was defeated by the those same socially conservative voters that elected Obama.

In his homily before the election November 3, 2008,  Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph http://whitearoundthecollar.blogspot.com/ wrote in part , ” In a country where we have made choice an absolute, we must remember that underlying every choice is a value; that flowing from every choice is a consequence; that we must give an accounting to God for what we decide.” 

“The recent election was principally decided out of concern for the economy, for the loss of jobs and homes and financial security for families, here and around the world. If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve,” said, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), voiced hope for the Obama Administration but pointed to possible obstacles to our desired unity. http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-174.shtml

Pope Benedict XVI delivered this message at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City on November 12, 2008, “Our life in this world, marked by trials and tribulations, must be inspired by the hope of heaven and the expectation of our resurrection to glory.”  http://zenit.org/article-24235?l=english 

If the abandonment of God and his public followers is the way to garner votes for the GOP, it is a sad reflection on our society.    Whether one defines themselves as Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Mormon, Muslim, Orthodox, Baptist or as she refers to the Evangelicals, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelicalism we should define ourselves in theocracy with the love of God and country and if that means wearing an armband for unborn children, then so be it.

“So while insulting G-O-D, she also insulted people like me. Like you. People who insist on infusing their faith into their politics. And that’s okay; I’d rather be in the oogedy-boogedy section of Heaven (God willing), than in the hoity-toity room of hell, where’s there possibly very little elbow room.”  http://actsoftheapostasy.blogspot.com/2008/11/rise-up-ye-oogedy-boogedy-of-god.html

“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but to lose his soul?”  

God Bless America.

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According to the NY Times, Obama is expected to announce in the next few days that he raised more than $100 million in September, a figure that would shatter fund-raising records!  Read that again, he raised $100 million is September.  September alone!

So much for our economy being in the crapper, eh?

Barrack Hussein Obama raised $100 million dollars in donations during the same time Bernanke and Bush preached about how to halt the mortgage lending crisis, and  that led to how to spend the $700 Billion dollars and reform regulatory issues.  The American public hears about how Democrats and Republicans up on Capitol Hill are coming together to work in every one’s best interest.  In a bipartisan effort, our government is trying to help support those hit the hardest in the housing slump and mortgage meltdown–to the tune of, you got it, $100 million.  Only $100 million?  

The Washington Post reports http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/02/AR2008040202293.html?nav=rss_politics   that ” Families who cannot afford to repay their home loans — the group at the heart of the mortgage meltdown — would benefit mainly from $100 million to expand foreclosure counseling services and greater latitude for local housing authorities to use tax-exempt bonds in refinancing sub-prime loans.”  You got it, Counseling.  A good talking to, to remind you to never borrow more than you can afford.  COUNSELING!

http://www.hud.gov/news/releases/pr07-144a.pdf   lists national, regional, state, and local housing counseling grantees for fiscal year 2007–all of whom presumably were in operation when sub-prime borrowers got into this current economic fiasco.  The office of HUD- Housing Urban Development provides funds for counseling, groups like, ACORN, La Raza, AARP and hundreds of others.  Isn’t that special?  ACORN?  Yep, the same ACORN that registers Mickey Mouse in an election year.  The same ACORN partly responsible for making “liar loans” .

So maybe the job of congress isn’t to bailout people who took loans they knew they could never afford in the first place but if this bill was supposed to help people stay in their homes it missed by a long shot.  The next bipartisan bill had better provide counseling for the of thousands of people who are about to be homeless.  Earmarking $100 million is like flea on a camel’s ass. 

http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/contriblimits.shtml outlines how much money an individual can contribute to a candidate.  In the case of individual donations, the amount is set at $2300.  Seems a lot of folks have money to spare and donate to a candidate while people are loosing their homes and seeing their money disappear before their eyes in the stock market.

Open Secrets http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/select.php?ind=F07 lists more than $10 million dollars in contributions from the securities industry going to Obama.  To all federal candidates for president and Congress, and to political parties, the securities and investment industries have contributed more than $101 million in the 2008 election cycle, 56 percent of it to Democrats.  Check it out! 

Goldman Sachs $739,521
University of California $697,506
Harvard University $501,489
Citigroup Inc $492,548
Google Inc $487,355
JPMorgan Chase & Co $475,112
National Amusements Inc $432,169
Microsoft Corp $429,656
UBS AG $419,550
Lehman Brothers $391,774
Wilmerhale Llp $383,024
Time Warner $375,063
Sidley Austin LLP $370,916
Skadden, Arps et al $360,409
Stanford University $341,399
Morgan Stanley $341,380
Latham & Watkins $328,879
Jones Day $309,960
University of Chicago $294,237
General Electric $290,584

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.   The money is bundled together to indicate contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. 

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/index.php?cycle=2008&type=CD shows Obama having 80 million dollars more in cash on hand while McCain has less than half that.  If you think you’ve heard everything Obama has to say, you are wrong.  He is going to spend that $80 million every imaginable way to get your vote, including the purchasing prime time network TV so he can continue to spew his platform of change.  I hope he tells us why in this crappy economy he has a better solution than providing $100 million for counselling to help people stay in their homes.  Oh that’s right, we already know Obama’s solution to economic crisis–  he’s going to spread the wealth of Joe the Plumber and everyone like him to fix it all.  Shame, shame on Obama and Congress too in appropriating our tax dollars for Counseling.

Fasten your seat belts and stay in the upright and seated position, it’s going to be a rocky ride.

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