President Obama today signed into law the budget supplement to cover the costs of governing for the next several months - $410 billion, including 9,000 earmarks and, at a time when everybody else is cutting budgets, an 8% increase across the board. The President said the bill was essential because "we can't have Congress bogged down" at this crucial time. I should hope not: there's so much more money to be spent. Speaker Pelosi is gearing up for another near-trillion stimulus package; then there's health care, education, energy, and more infrastructure; and, of course, the auto makers; and even public broadcasting is begging for another $307 million right now, just to keep Sesame Street on the air. Are we spending our way to recovery or buying future political power? More money, no matter how much more, will not repair the moral decay of greed and irresponsibility that plunged the nation into recession in the first place. It's clear President Obama knows how to spend; what remains to be seen is whether he can spur the nation on to more responsible living. Mr. Obama promised to hold people accountable, to make them be responsible for their actions; yet he keeps throwing more money at the people who lost the nation's wealth in the first place. Here's a suggestion, Mr. President: declare a moratorium on more money until Congress and your cabinet and advisers come up with some plans and programs to initiate the moral overhaul our spent economy and fearful nation require. You promised; it's time to deliver. We don't need more money. We need you to remember that the faith in Jesus you profess demands that you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness for yourselfl and the nation. If you will, the spending and recovery will take care of themselves.
T. M. Moore