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Economics-III-3-E

04 Aug

Many of our major cities has been controlled by those who push welfare as a way of controlling the people. While they claim to be helping people, they create serious problems that create frustration and anger. Until recent welfare reform, welfare made people dependent and discouraged recipients from developing their abilities to help themselves. In addition, welfare required that the husband leave the family before they could get welfare unless he was disabled, which tore families apart. While welfare reform now puts limits on how long people can be on welfare and tries to encourage self-support, it has had to overcome three generations of families dependent on welfare. Many welfare recipients have never known anyone in their family who supported themselves and wasn’t on welfare. It is hard to overcome that. Welfare has hurt Afro Americans more than Whites because it was very difficult for Afro males to get work that paid a living wage and a higher percentage of Afro-Americans families are single parent families, so a higher percentage of them have had to depend on it. (See my series on The Value of Possessions)

 

Economics-III-C-D

04 Aug

Congress continues to fight over a second stimulus check. A stimulus check should replace lost income but many of those thrown out of work in April are getting back to work, while most people still out of work are getting unemployment. The only benefit of a second stimulus check would be to buy votes. Democrats are also continuing to push for extending the $600 bonus which just ended but it causes more harm than good. Due to the bonus, many of those getting unemployment are making two to three times what they would make if they were working and don’t want to go back to work. A lot of the money for small business loans is going unused because the employees don’t want to lose their unemployment benefits. The economy can not get back on its feet if people don’t want to return to work. Extending the bonus and giving out a second stimulus check will only prolong the economic crisis. While the government needs to help those in need during a crisis, it should not be making them dependent on the government. President Trump has been working to get people back to work and has seen record low unemployment right up to the outbreak of the epidemic but has faced continual pressure from both parties to provide stimulus checks.

 

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost-August 2

29 Jul

Special Events in the park like Church picnics give the church an enjoyable time of fellowship but can also serve as a valuable way to reach those who don’t attend church. Large community events like fireworks displays that draw crowds also provide excellent opportunities. Games and activities for adults and kids can attract those outside the group if the church is open to inviting and including them. A table with snacks or a picnic meal also may attract kids playing nearby and church kids can be encouraged to invite kids playing nearby. Church families can also invite their neighbors to come with them and members of neighborhood Bible Clubs will get a chance to meet the larger church. Be sure to have literature on hand telling about your church. As the people get to know church members, they may be willing to join in other activities the church has.

 

Schools-3-I

29 Jul

Schools are seeing an increasing drop out rate, especially among boys since they have switched from teaching children to think for themselves to learning by memorization. Children respond to challenges but schools do not challenge kids much anymore. Spelling bees and other contests appeal to children’s competitiveness and spur them to learn but are fast disappearing from our schools. Boys are increasingly turning to sports as a way to satisfy their urge to compete but sports hold very little future for all but the best athletes. For the rest, it is a dead end. As a result, an increasing number of boys are dropping out of school mentally, if not physically. Many children today are being led to accept liberal ideas because they are fed a constant diet of it in school and the media, while the church is silent and doesn’t teach them the truth. Churches need to teach children to examine both sides and make intelligent decisions rather than just following the crowd. In addition, it needs to teach Christian values they may not get at home or in school.

 

schools-3-H

29 Jul

As schools seek to deal with the epidemic, many are going to online and home study. Some have the kids in school two days and home the rest of the time or may have home study full time. Many went to that in the Spring and it was a disaster. Many kids have no place to study at home free of distractions. Parents may be working and they may have problems getting a babysitter. Churches can help out by providing a place for the kids to study. Schools may send lessons home by E-mail but students may not have computers at home to receive them. Churches can have the lessons sent to the church and it can print off the materials for the kids to study. Many schools are canceling buses and leaving many parents without transportation for their kids. Churches with buses can help with transportation. Even if schools go back to full time, many students have gotten behind and may need tutoring. Churches can provide after school study areas with volunteers available to help with homework.

 

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost-July 26

24 Jul

Movie Night-Few small towns these days have anything to draw them together. Some churches have started having movie night in the church parking lot during the summer. It isn’t as threatening as going inside and those passing who see the movie may stop to watch. Adding popcorn and drinks will increase the draw and provide a time of friendly socializing. As visitors blend with members and get to know them, and by showing family friendly films and films demonstrating the faith, people may be drawn to the church. The old movies used to show a newsreel or short film before the main film so those coming late wouldn’t miss the start of the film. By showing a short light Gospel film before the main film, such as a vege-tale film, it provides a draw for families to bring kids and introduces unbelievers to the faith.

 

Voting-2-V

24 Jul

2-V People vote according to their values whether they consciously think about it or not. I find it hard to figure out why people trust their life to someone trying to force taxpayers to pay for the killing of babies and allow doctors to kill those who they do not feel are worth keeping alive, rather than someone fighting to protect unborn babies. I find it hard to believe that someone who believes in justice would vote for someone who openly ignores the Supreme Court, the Constitution, the laws of the land, and the rights of American citizens and makes laws from the court bench in violation of the Constitution over someone who has openly fought to root out corruption and restore the integrity of our courts by appointing judges who have dedicated themselves to obey the Constitution and the laws of the land. I find it hard to believe that people believe that electing officials who will take away their guns so they can’t protect themselves and defunding our police will promote peace and tranquility in our cities. New York City and Chicago, as well as California, and other States controlled by liberals have shown what taking guns from innocent citizens and tying the hands of the police will do. Those areas have seen an explosion of violence and lawlessness. I find it hard to figure out why people feel that education will improve if you teach students unsubstantiated theories without question and expect them to obey without consequences for violating the rights of others over education that teaches kids to look at both sides of the question and decide on the best course of action and to teach children that actions have consequences. I find it hard to believe that people will feel more confident that their vote will be counted if they vote for someone who voted to strip away all safeguards that protect our voting system, as the very first bill they passed after gaining control of the House. Fortunately, it was voted down in the Senate, but it will be passed if liberals gain control of the Senate as well. Fraud is already widespread in areas controlled by liberals who have already removed those safeguards at the State and local level. Do we want that fraud extended nationwide? When you vote in November, you will not only be voting for the candidate, you will be voting for the bills he will pass in Congress, if he is elected. By voting for him, you are accepting responsibility for the bills he will pass, because you helped elect him.

 
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Voting-1-Q

20 Jul

Google can easily identify voter preference from surveys and has been experimenting with sending hidden messages to Democratic voters urging them to vote. From the results of their testing during the primaries, they estimate they can turn out up to one million or more additional Democratic voters in November. That could be enough to tip a close election. The message is flashed so fast that while the mind registers the message, it does not register that it saw it. In college, in the late 1960’s, I saw a report on early studies done in movie theaters that demonstrated that showing a single frame containing a picture of popcorn or pop just before intermission would boost their sales of that item dramatically, yet patrons were unaware that they had seen the picture. Who knows what ads that Google or other media are using that people are not aware of.

 
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Voting-1-P

20 Jul

Democrats are pushing for nationwide voting by mail and have already instituted it in a number of States they control. While they claim it is due to the threat of the coronavirus, they were pushing it long before the epidemic appeared. Mail-in ballots do not allow any way to verify if the person voting is who they say they are. A political party could simply print additional ballots and substitute their own for those they intercepted. One mail worker has already been indicted for intercepting and withholding ballots and it is fairly easy since ballots are easily identified. It was not known whether it would have changed the results of the primary or not but it could have. New Jersey reported that one out of ten mail-in ballots received were labeled questionable. California reported that a large number of mail-in ballots were not returned but did not investigate to see whether they were lost, stolen, or simply not returned. Joe Biden has been pushing the narrative that there is likely to be interference in this year’s election but has not said anything about possible voter fraud.

 
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Eighth Sunday of Pentecost-July 19

16 Jul

Visiting homebound-As the government has developed home care services for those elderly who can no longer take care of themselves, more of those who need a little help each morning getting bathed and dressed, but can take care of themselves after that, have been able to stay in their own homes instead of going into a nursing home. The result has saved the government a great deal as home care usually costs only 1/2 to 1/3 of nursing home care and has enabled many to stay in their homes, however it also tends to isolate them. Workers come in daily but must complete their work and move on to the next client so they can not stay and visit. Many elderly confined to their own homes do not see anyone besides the care givers and medical personnel and could use someone who is willing to come and spend time talking to them. The elderly often appreciate visits by children who are well behaved and teens because they may have grandchildren but have never seen them because they live at a great distance and the children and teens often enjoy visiting the elderly who have the time to sit and talk with them or play games with them, because their parents often don’t.