Month: March 2009

Principle: A Biblical Form of Government (Part II)

As Samuel the prophet was stepping down from his role as judge in Israel, the people demanded a change in the government’s structure. They didn’t trust Samuel’s sons to judge righteously, so they asked instead for a king. We’re told of this episode in I Samuel 8:4-22, and it is quite a remarkable account of how to destroy a God-given governmental system. The elders of Israel came to Samuel and said, “Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all… Read more »

Principle: A Biblical Form of Government (Part I)

I believe God is interested in how we govern. Since He is the Creator of all things, perhaps we ought to pay attention to what He has said about it. We must start with a defintion. What do we mean by a “form” of government? A form is a manner or system, a stated method or practice, or an appropriate arrangement of parts. What then is a Biblical form? Substitute those words for “form” and we have: A Biblical manner of system… Read more »

More on Emanuel–Could a Republican Have Survived This Report?

Freddie Mac Was Kind to Emanuel Almost immediately after I wrote yesterday’s post on Rahm Emanuel, I came across this story about him, found in the Chicago Tribune, revealing that he made $320,000 at Freddie Mac for very little work over a 14-month period. The story notes: Emanuel’s Freddie Mac involvement has been a prominent point on his political résumé, and his healthy payday from the firm has been no secret either. What is less known, however, is how little he… Read more »

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Emanuel: Ultimate Insider The man on the right is Rahm Emanuel. Most people don’t know who he is, but he’s been around for quite a while, and has a reputation for carrying out political strategy. You might call him the ultimate insider due to his ability to use the system for his advantage. Emanuel was a chief advisor to President Clinton, then became a congressman. His tactics can be described as ruthless—he accomplishes what he wants no matter how he… Read more »

How High Can You Count?

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann on the Obama budget and the deficit: President Obama is never at a loss to note that he inherited a trillion-dollar deficit.  But, for a man that’s expressed so much outrage towards this deficit, he sure is doing his best to see that it keeps growing higher and higher. On Friday, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) released its analysis of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget, finding that if enacted as is, his big spending proposals… Read more »

Clearing the Confusion

If you are a little confused by the Treasury plan revealed yesterday, let me do my best to explain it. Isn’t it great to gain an understanding of complex economic policy?

Simplistic vs. Simple

I don’t usually begin with the cartoon, but I thought this one was a wonderful lead-in. It exemplifies the simplistic ideas some people carry in their heads about how government works. “He’s president, isn’t he? So he can just make anything happen that he wants!” No, that’s called a dictatorship. The Founders set up a federal republic. It may not be as efficient. Things may not change instantly at the whim of man. But that’s the reason they set it… Read more »