Saturday, November 6, 2021

In Context: After Elections

A year ago, who expected the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal government to take a whole-of-government approach to censoring anything but words of praise for the coronavirus injection and to making everyone take said injection? When during the 2020 presidential campaign were we promised to be fired if we did not comply? Those were actions we learned to expect only after the new Administration assumed power.

In elections across the country this week, at least 10 percent of Americans voted for a different direction for the country than they did a year earlier. If we were able to reason together, the Administration would conclude the American people want less of what it is offering. However, we're not dealing with reason. We're dealing with Deuteronomy 28 madness in this country.

The Administration has now revealed more of its intent. Two days after the elections, OSHA unveiled its employer injection mandate and announced employers may require its employees to pay for the required weekly testing.

This could crush the part-time job market. Either employers would have the bureaucratic headache of dealing with testing results from a whole range of testing vendors, or employees would have to provide test results for each part-time employer. Add in employees bearing the costs of weekly testing, and many part-time jobs could quickly become not sufficiently valuable for employees to maintain. Since when does it make sense to use a day's wage each week or more to pay for the privilege of keeping a job, especially if one has two or three part-time jobs?

While Americans at the polls were trying to step on the brakes, Congress is ready to step on the gas. Yet, it's not as if they think Americans would support them more if they had already passed their big agenda items. The leader of House progressives recognizes passing trillions more in spending could cost them the election in 2022. MSNBC may sing their praises for putting money in people's pockets, but people know that means more money will end up going to the grocery store and the gas station.

The White House was literally dumbfounded this week when a reporter asked why it wouldn't give money to people who come to this country legally? It was a moment of sanity designed to stand in contrast to the insanity of giving people who come to this country illegally more money than we give to the Gold Star families of those who never get to return to this country.

The madness can also be seen in the child care debate. We need more child care so that moms can work so that they can pay for child care. If one is ready to ask, Why not just pay moms to raise their kids, in some ways Democrats are trying to do that, too, with the regular direct deposit of the Child Tax Credit.

There is no figuring out the end of the madness. There is no sense in expecting the madness to end on its own. We should not expect this Congress to heed in any way a message from the voters. We need to uphold our country and our elected and unelected officials up in prayer now as ever. The to do list is just as long as it has been with this Congress still procrastinating on its basic responsibilities (national security, government funding, monetary soundness) as it has all year.

Father, we lift our Nation up before You. We ask You to remind us anew of the teaching of Your Word that led to the Founding of this Nation in the first place. Father, send forth Your Word throughout this land to make clear Your purposes for government to punish evil and praise good, and may government officials fulfill those responsibilities fully and only.

“This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

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