Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Republicans and Money -- A Quick Study in Proverbs

Endorsed by the ‘Christian’ right, Republicans successfully bought the 2010 election with massive cash donations from undisclosed sources, many foreign, and a one promise campaign: extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Many of these conservative ‘Christians,’ who call the Bible inerrant, cannot actually have read the book; else they would not have contradicted themselves by voting Republican. For consider the Proverbs.

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want. --Proverbs 22:16

Extending tax relief to the wealthy at the expense of necessary services for the poor does exactly what the scriptures warn as being evil, and deleterious to the soul. Here in Florida, my local ‘Christian’ radio station, WTBN, endorsed Republican Rick Scott for Governor of Florida; and not just by implying, but by stating outright that doing so was the righteous way to cast a vote. Rick Scott is a CRIMINAL. He should be in jail for defrauding the government of 1.7 BILLION dollars; instead he’s now in CHARGE of the government.

Now that he’s taken office, here are some of the highlights of the budget proposal Scott released earlier this week. He wants to cut education by 3.3 billion dollars over two years, while increasing the amount spent on private school vouchers by 250 million dollars in 2012. He wants to cut 3 billion dollars in Medicaid spending over two years. Medicaid provides health care for the poor. He wants to cut 178 million dollars and 1800 jobs from the Department of Children and Families; and 173 million dollars and 155 jobs from the Agency for Persons With Disabilities. And what does he plan to do with all those monies saved? The corporate income tax would drop from 5.5 percent to 3 percent in 2011-2012, and be phased out completely by 2018. And many Republican governors around the country are similarly waging war on the poor on behalf of the wealthy patrons who helped install them in their offices.

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. --Proverbs 29:7

According to the inerrant Bible, Rick Scott is a wicked man. And by proxy, so are the voters on whose behalf he is acting, and who had the unashamed gall to endorse his candidacy in the name of Christ. Over at WTBN, I heard both station manager Chris Gould and morning personality Bill Carl express on air their breathless relief and exultation that the Republicans had won the election. Since Chris and Bill are so overjoyed that 'Christianity' prevailed, perhaps they should go around and explain things to those who will be directly affected by Scott’s budget. Many children would rather not go to school, and I know many of the disabled, including veterans who were maimed in the ‘pro life Christian’ president’s wars justified by lies, are fakers; layabouts who make their living waiting for the mail. Chris and Bill could approach someone in a wheelchair, and have a conversation that goes something like this (after checking to be sure his fake leg is real).

Chris or Bill, to a hypothetical one legged man in a wheelchair: “Rejoice, brother! Rick Scott is governor! Christ is victorious! Get up out of that chair!”

“Christ is going to heal me?” the one legged man replies.

“No, thanks be to God, and all praise, the corporate income tax has been eliminated, as have been the jobs of the people who’ve been caring for you!” Bill or Chris explains. “You have to fend for yourself now, so get up out of that chair!”

And from there on to a schoolyard, where they say: “Rejoice, children! Rick Scott is governor! Christ is victorious!”

“What does that mean to us?” the bewildered children reply.

“It means, thanks be to God, and all praise, the corporate income tax has been eliminated, and there’s no money to educate you, so go play!” Bill and Chris explain. “Uneducated ignoramuses are much more likely to vote Republican, so you growing up stupid means Jesus wins!”

“Cool!” they cry, running away from the school.

There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filth. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. --Proverbs 30: 12-14

And there are described the Christians of WTBN, the pharisaical, self-righteous, arch conservative hypocrites who think oppression and disregard of their less fortunate neighbors is justified by simply uttering the name Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t trade my heart for the cold black scabs that pump the icy blood through the compassionless veins of your lifeless bodies.


  1. You left me speechless, so to speak.

    If only the folks who are in most need to read this would/could.

  2. Republicans, most of whom are phony xtians, are the reason this country is in both moral and fiscal decline.

  3. Thanks for the post. I'll bookmark this.