The present debt-ceiling crisis reminds us of the political power of the power to tax.
Of course the budget process is captive to ideology.
Congress yesterday passed another "continuing resolution" to keep the government from shutting down next week. Now we have until the first week of April.
I wonder why this is called a "continuing resolution"? It seems to me more irresolute than resolute, not to have passed a budget yet for this year, and not to be able to agree on a budget for next year.
The Democrats had the power to pass last year's budget, but they failed to do so. I suspect that putting on paper that much spending for so many entitlements and frivolous pork projects would have meant an even greater drubbing last November than what they actually experienced.
The same is true today. There is more irresolution than resolution in these stop-gap spending measures, simply because Democratic Senators and a Democratic President do not want to concur in proposed Republican cuts, and they're not willing to stand good for what they do want to keep in the budget for themselves and their constituents.
This is leadership?
Americans deserve better than this. This budget irresolution is irresponsible and indefensible. Are there any Christians in Congress? Do they ever caucus about what the Word of God might require of them in working together to make government a servant of God for good? And if not, perhaps it's time we urged them to do so. If they cannot unite in their common faith to bring more courageous, wise, and resolute leadership to Washington, then they need to admit that their faith is not worth the baptism certificate it's written on.
This situation will not heal itself. Someone needs to propose something new, something different, something that transcends the petty interests of morally-bankrupt political parties and leads in the way of truth. He Who is making all things new is doing so through His people. If any of them are in Congress, now's the time to make their ultimate convictions known.
Additional related texts: Romans 13.1-4; Psalm 72
A conversation starter: "Wouldn't it be interesting to see what might happen if the Christians in Congress from each political party came together and suggested some altogether new and selfless way to break the budeget logjam?"
T. M. Moore