Preserve tax credits that work for poor
The Senate recently passed the child nutrition bill, and funded it by cutting from the food-stamp program. Isn't there something wrong with this equation?
Addressing the size of the federal deficit is critical, but we should not take away from one program that low-income Americans rely on to fund another.
As Congress begins to address a series of tax cuts and tax credits set to expire this year (including tax cuts for families that earn more than $250,000), let's tell Congress to protect and strengthen key tax credits — the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit that help low-income working families make ends meet and feed their families.
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The improvements made to the EITC and the child tax credit in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are helping millions of low-income workers and their families survive in a tough economy. The loss of these improvements would push a half-million children into poverty and would be devastating at a time when one in four children live in poverty.
Reducing our country's fiscal deficit requires difficult choices, but let's not place additional burdens on the backs of people who are already struggling to feed themselves and their families. As Congress faces difficult choices in the coming weeks, let's hope it does all it can to support those who most need help.
Prophecy in action
History is "His" story. It's the story of God's sovereignty in the course of human events.
During his 2008 election campaign, while being interviewed at Messiah's College alongside Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama said he thought God was in control of history, but he couldn't quite see it or understand it. Well, he better learn real fast, since he's now one of the top linchpins in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy right before our eyes.
The president recently hosted Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations — one of the last major signs to be fulfilled before the end occurs. The Bible says Iran (or Persia) breaks this peace deal and attacks Israel, which at that time hosts a "peaceful and unsuspecting people" (Ezekiel 38:11). This means a peace deal must be in place before Iran can attack (Iran was even saber-rattling on the news that it would indeed destroy Israel).
Joining Iran in an attack is apparently Russia, coming with them from "the far north" (Ezekiel 38:15). This odd coalition is now plausible, since Russia sides with Iran, stands behind Iran's nuclear reactor and was about to give its S-300 missile defense system to fend off an Israeli first strike.
It's amazing to see "His Story" in the making.
Steroids a non-issue
Is there anyone out there who wonders, as I do, how Congress can have the time to investigate Roger Clemens and other baseball players to find out if they used steroids? Seems to me it would be better off spending its time trying to put America back to work and to find a way to fix this broken economy it helped destroy by soaking up all that money from lobbyists under the table. Yet prosecutors want to give a baseball pitcher 30 years for lying to Congress under oath.
What a double standard we have in this country. A few years ago, Bill Clinton lied under oath about an affair. He got no punishment. What's the difference? Last time I read the Constitution, it applied to every citizen. No one person was supposed to be above or below another.
Let Major League Baseball handle the steroid issue. As for Congress and the rest of our federal government, see if they can pull themselves away from the table of greed and do their jobs.
This country is on the verge of financial ruin; China will lend us only so much money. I believe I read somewhere about a government created by the people, for the people. Now it reads a government created by lobbyists, for the sake of corporate greed. What a joke.
Every time I turn on the local news, up pops a story of someone killing or mistreating a defenseless animal. Who in their right mind would drag a dog behind a car? What is wrong with people today? Was it really necessary for a dog to be shot six times for protecting his own territory, which was a fenced-in back yard the dog lived in?
I understand the officer was in pursuit of a criminal, but he was in a private yard. I am sure these people put up a fence to protect themselves and their property, and to provide a safe place for their dog to roam free and not in the street. And the family had "Beware of Dog" signs posted. What did the officer think that meant? Come on in?
I think the family needs some sort of compensation for its loss. And Kentucky needs tougher laws and stiffer penalties for cowards who hurt poor, defenseless animals who can't fight for themselves.
Republican tax cuts for the rich could be likened to clear-cutting a forest versus Democrats' selective cutting of trees with replanting of new trees to replace those cut so the forest remains healthy and strong.
When President Barack Obama took office, the economy was losing 600,000 jobs a month, much like a forest with no new growth to replace the trees cut and lost. No wonder people had little money to spend — it had been drained to the unregulated financial sector.
By 2007, 72 percent of the nation's wealth was owned by the top 10 percent of the population. The bottom half owned less than 3 percent. So, Obama wisely pushed through a stimulus bill to stop the job losses and start rebuilding the forest.
Now, the Republicans think we should return to their policies, much like clear-cutting the remaining forest. They complain that Obarna hasn't done enough to replace the forest they foolishly gave away in tax cuts.
This provides unmistakable evidence they haven't learned anything at all about the mistakes they made clear-cutting our forest and concentrating the bulk of our financial assets in the hands of the richest 2 percent. This small number of people will not buy what a vibrant middle class would, so naturally business must cut back jobs when there is less demand for all the products we could produce if only the middle class had enough money to buy them.
If the attorneys for former college basketball player Ed Davender had gone judge-shopping, they might have gotten Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine and gotten him off. Instead, he got a fair and compassionate sentence from Judge James Ishmael.