I am up in the wee hours tonight, and at about 2 am I made a comment on the Speaker of the House's website about the Farm Bill and food stamps. I shared some details about my life that applied to that topic...and my view that the government better put food stamps at the top of their priority list because, even when you are homeless, food stamps keep you from being desperate and heading into crime. The Farm Bill/food stamp issue never seemed to mention that the people who were going to be deprived of assistance were "violent rapists, murderers, and pedophiles" ...people we don't need desperate for food.
Writing that comment brought back years of memories... hard times... wasted efforts... and problems with the poverty systems we have in America. When I was trying to get through it, I reasoned that GOD used taxes to force people to tithe and care for the needy. Over the years, I could see the shift in the church toward sending people to the government as a solution to their benevolence problems. I discovered endless circles of information provision, searching for help and ending up worse than when I started. As Working Together formed in my life, I began to look for better options for the future. I began to realize that the Church is going to suffer greatly in the downward spiral of prophecy.
As a nation, we have to find a budget that we can live with, one that includes help for those who have no one else to care for them -- which will become more and more people as our society becomes more damaged. Here are some of my suggestions:
The Internet is going to require a global court and police/military system to cope with rising global crimes on the Internet. Terrorism and Dictators, disasters, and other global issues will require global interventions, too. How to maintain our national freedoms in the process of international law is going to be the challenge. Sales taxes allow each level of government to be funded.
It's not like the government doesn't have access to our financial lives. They know what we make and how we make it and take our refunds until we pay it off. Policies in the debt repayment system are ridiculous. I could have finished my education and been working for more money by now. All these years of struggle have taken my school debt from $30,000 to about $150,000 (I think), and I still can't make minimum payments. It is a really stupid system. People can't even qualify for a scholarship with school loan debts in place. If I have to live on food stamps, I should be able to qualify for student aid...as long as I am in school at least part-time. My mantra is that I hope to win the lottery and pay it off before I die!
I hope we can use this budget crisis to create positive change at all levels. I am sure other American citizens have ideas on how to save money instead of waste tax dollars...maybe we need a comment page for that.
May GOD help our country to be the country we once were : strong, healthy, and brave.