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Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise. Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler, in summertime it stores its food supply. At harvest time it gathers its food. Prov 6:6-8 (GW)

Author’s commentary:

Lately I have been pondering the harder sayings from the scriptures, you know the ones that you hardly ever hear preached on a Sunday morning. This article will fall under this category of the ’hard sayings’ of scripture and as such it will probably offend some who read it. Discipline is difficult to handle at any age but especially to someone who has led an undisciplined life for a long time. Having to look at ourselves critically is never easy and for that reason I suspect some will be discomforted by this article. If making some people uncomfortable brings about serious discussion on the topic at hand then, as a writer, I have achieved my aim.

On July 20th 2010 the Senate passed an unemployment extension bill which provided additional funding to states to help pay for the 99 weeks of unemployment benefits mandated earlier by federal law. Now I ask you does there ever come a time when these benefits end? 99 weeks is almost 2 years to sit idly by and pick the pocket of your neighbors. When does it become time for an individual to do whatever he or she has to do to rise up early and gather the harvest for his/herself?

In our scripture today I used the Good News translation of Proverbs 6 because it says it like it is. There is no ambiguity in this passage. It is clear, the ant, unlike humans, knows when it is time to store up food for the time when there will be none. Of course the ant does not borrow against tomorrow by eating up 30 or more years of provisions in any given year because ants can not borrow money, they have to live season to season. I fear far too many of the human species have borrowed their futures and are now finding that when the famine comes, they are unable to meet their seasonal requirements because they have already spent their storehouses by future borrowing.

Pay attention to this! You’re saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go into some city, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.” You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans.” However, you brag because you’re arrogant. All such bragging is evil. James 4:13-16 (GW)

Unemployment is a fact of life, economic downturns are as well. Thinking that you can continue to buy and sell and profit without considering the consequences is foolish and the scriptures says evil bragging. The ant does not rely upon governments or elected leadership to provide for its needs, it simply goes about doing what it knows to do, store up when there is a bounty to have plenty where there is none. Ants apparently know the economic seasons far better than humans do.

I have been in the unemployment line on more than one occasion in my lifetime. Although I do not look forward to such times I do know they are a part of life, at least in the jobs that I have held. I do understand that federal employees are employees for life, and not being a federal employee I do not have that kind of benefit. Of course when you are being supported by every taxpaying worker in the country I guess your economic downturns are not as rough as the family who is relying on only one or two wage earners.

Now before anyone throws firebombs at me I want to make myself clear. I am not opposed to helping someone out at a time of need, but I do have to wonder how long I am supposed to help a brother out who is making no effort to help himself? If 99 weeks is not long enough should we extend benefits for lets say 3 years? How about 5? The most unemployment benefits I was ever eligible for was 26 weeks. Perhaps I should reconsider working and just sit home and take money from my neighbor for almost 2 years before considering going back to work. Consider some of the remarks to the late passage of this bill:

(The bill) does NOT extend the $25/week FAC payment for new claimants. The biggest problem with this omission is that MILLIONS of Americans who have been able to find only part-time work are losing the $25/wk. The bill does include a “fix” for some part-time workers–but only for those whose weekly benefit amounts go down by $100 or 25%. The rest of us–MILLIONS OF US–are forced to open “new claims,” and as a result not only does our weekly benefit amount go down (for example by $93/wk.) but we also LOSE the $25 FAC payment!! We accepted jobs, any jobs we could find, and now we are being punished by losing the $25 FAC–while those who did not work at all will continue to get the $25 FAC!! This is so unfair!!

Really unfair is it? Since when is working considered punishment? Could it be that this person only took a job so they could continue to collect benefits rather than seeking a permanent solution to their unemployment problem? And why does it come as a surprise to them when the one who giveth also taketh away? Why are they not complaining about the government policies that brought about this economic downturn in the first place?

Out here in CA, I too was getting the maximum unemployment benefit ($450/week) but I took a low quality part time job in order to not refuse any work. Then when I had to file a new claim to get the federal extension, it only considered the low quality part time job income. So assuming the bill passes today, I’ll start getting 1/3 of what I was getting ($150/week) until I can find a job. If I had not taken the part time job, I think I would still be at the max level. No good deed goes unpunished…

See above comment as well. This person took a low paying job in order to keep receiving money for not working rather than seeking to work and not take the money. And then they say they would be better off if they did not work at all but relied upon the government (others who pay taxes) to provide them a living? What am I missing here?

I hope the unemployed remember that the republicans tried to block them from getting their benefits come election time. The truth is that the economy desperately needs some stimulus right now and unemployment benefits are the most effective stimulus there is. The money gets spent immediately by the unemployed and enters the economy.

Really? I did not know that the unemployed stimulated the economy as much as the employed do? Well I could be wrong but what I have found to be the best stimulus of my economy is a good paying job. I have never found unemployment benefits a help in stimulating my economy, at the very least they kept me off the street but I never expected them to provide much economic stimulus. Since most are paying about 2/3 of what I would make if I was working.The source for all of the above is found here

Extend unemployment benefits? No thank you, I think I will look toward the ant and stay out of debt, work hard when I have work and save for the droughts that are sure to come, especially under the current leadership. Although I may be effected by their policies my life does not depend upon them, for my hope comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. I pray for the Lord’s will that I am able to work and provide for my needs without having to look to others to do so. And when I find myself in want, I shall cry out to the Lord, my ever present help in time of need. Of course we must discern the difference between wants and needs.

As King David said so eloquently: I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food. Psalms 37:25 (GW)

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

Along for the journey

Anthill: A Novel by E.O Wilson

Does GM Bailout Come with a Company Car?

As a major shareholder in the newly formed Government Motors I demand to know when I can pick up my company car. Could someone tell me which of the dealerships still in business are taking requests for company cars? Now that I am the majority stock holder in the company I would like to have as one of my perks a nice new company car and not one of them HYBRIDS either. I want one of those big old gas guzzlers that the President drives. If Ms Pelosi can fly around in a company jet, and the President can drive around in his fleet of SUV‘s then AS A MAJOR SHAREHOLDER IN GOVERNMENT motors SO CAN I.

Please make delivery of my new company car to the address you have on file in my Share HOLDERS portfolio. THANK YOU.

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The biggest bankruptcy in US history was also the fastest bankruptcy in US history. Isn’t it amazing how fast the government can move when they are motivated by a historic confiscation of private sector power and wealth?
As of this morning, American taxpayers are now the majority shareholder in the newly created Government Motors, which will build the Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick brands looking forward.
American taxpayers paid over $50 billion for 60.8% of GM. That money was used to save 66,000 American jobs. That comes to $757,575.76 per job saved. A little pricy if you ask me, but we are talking about union jobs here.
By comparison, less than 1% of the Obama-Pelosi “stimulus” package was directed at stimulating small businesses, which account for 98% of all jobs in America. But when it came time to save union jobs, Obama-Pelosi opened up the taxpayer pocketbook and coughed up a very generous $757,575.76 for each of 66,000 GM jobs saved.

Ad Campaigns

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt 5:16 (NKJV)
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The real thing.” “It brings good things to life.” “When you care enough to send the very best.” “The choice of a new generation.” “Built tough.” “Don’t leave home without it.” “It’s everywhere you want to be.” “Just do it.” “Be All that You Can Be.” “The savings place.” “Membership has it’s privileges.”

How many of these ad slogans have you heard? Can you name the products associated with these ad campaigns? What image comes to mind when you hear these slogans? And does the product advertised live up to its ad campaign? Would you recommend these products to someone else?

How did you do with naming the products? Did you get them all? If not here is the answers to the slogans in order. Coke, GE, Hallmark, Pepsi, Ford, Master Card, VISA, NIKE, the Army and finally your local church. Oh you thought your savings place was Walmart and American Express‘ membership has privileges? Okay I admit “The Savings Place” is a trademark of Walmart, and American Express did coin the phrase “Membership  has it’s privileges but in a way all these terms could be applied to the brand “Christian.”

Walmart has become known as the savings place. In fact I can pretty much guarantee that more people will enter into a local Walmart each week then will enter a local church building. We, as a culture, spend more time, effort, and resources in the pursuit of happiness and material things, then we do in the pursuit of spiritual enrichment and fulfillment. I am sure more people can identify the products being advertised above with little or no problem but when confronted with listing the 10 commandments, or reciting the beatitudes they will stumble. Perhaps one of the reasons for this lack of interest in the real SAVINGS PLACE, is the tarnished name brand. Continue reading “Ad Campaigns”

Obamanomics Illustrated

Yes folks we do have a car salesman in the white house. And yes folks he does believe that increasing the cost of doing business actually increases business. And yes folks he believes in spending more money then you have and getting less for it is also good for America. And yes folks he does believe that raising taxes will actually stimulate the economy.

Would you like tires for your car? You do know they are an added extra, that will cost you another $3000 because of the environmental impact tax to pay for their later disposal. Do we have a deal?