MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

When It’s Not About the Box

February 15th, 2018 Viewed 75 times, 3 so far today

Pres. Trump’s recent budget proposal came out, and this time around it included a proposal to replace some of the SNAP money that people are getting with a box of food that’s chosen based on governmental factors:

Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it.

Glenn Thrush, NYT

While Ann Althouse wonders whether Trump is simply attempting to troll people or whether it’s a creative way to think outside the box by thinking about a box, I think it’s another persuasion play.

photo by: piropiro3

I Will Walk With Integrity – Psalm 101

February 14th, 2018 Viewed 71 times, 4 so far today

101 A Psalm of David.

1  I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.

2  I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;

3  I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.

4  A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.

5  Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.

6  I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.

7  No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue before my eyes.

8  Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the Lord.

  • English Standard Version
photo by: drumminhands

We Are One – The Story of Adam and Eve

February 12th, 2018 Viewed 80 times, 3 so far today

We are One

The Story of Adam and Eve – Genesis 1-3

In this passage we are taking a look at the first marriage—the first couple as it were.  From this study we should gain a crucial insight into what marriage was like when the people involved were sinless, and how that has changed because the introduction of sin.

Describe the creation of Adam and Eve.

Adam was created from the dust of the ground, like the animals.  However, he is the only one that is said to have had breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—he is a distinct creation.  Eve is the only person that is said to have been created not from the dust of the ground, but from Adam’s side.

What was the reason for the creation of Eve?

photo by: NH53

The Media Doesn’t Learn

February 1st, 2018 Viewed 106 times, 2 so far today

You would think that the media would learn. Instead, they just keep going. First, the tweet:

If you read that by itself, you could certainly claim that Trump is claiming that 45.6 million people watched and that he believes that it is the highest number in history. But wait!

She’s right. According to TV Ratings: Trump’s First State of the Union Address Fails to Match Obama:

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers.

So what’s the deal here? Power of positive thinking? Outright embellishment or lying? Trying to pull a fast one on the American people?

How about none of the above?

Check out this paragraph in the same article just a little above it:

Fox News topped both its cable and broadcast competition by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech, notching the highest-rated State of the Union address in the history of cable news [emphasis added]. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. Fox Business Network drew 572,000 viewers. Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo added 2 million and 1.4 million respectively. The speech was also carried live on Estrella and PBS.

If you’re not looking for lying every time you read the President, you see an alternative explanation– that Trump is referencing this statistic, not the overall number. He’s highlighting the positive in the report and ignoring the Obama numbers altogether. Well, it’s either that or an outright lie. You may believe what you wish.

And then there’s the bigger issue… Trump has everyone talking about just how many people watched his first State of the Union address. So over and over “45.6 million people watched Trump’s State of the Union!” Again, he’s the center of the news.

When will they learn?

Health Care Bill is More About Getting Something Done Than Getting it Perfect

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 1336 times, 2 so far today

One of my bosses once told me that the perfect is the enemy of the good. When it comes to our health care solution, what we have now is terrible, what Rep. Ryan is proposing is in the right direction, and the GOP has a tendency to never get things done. So when I read Politico’s article discussing Trump telling the GOP to get in line, what I hear is someone that’s trying to get wins, to get them fast, and get people united in the same direction. I also hear someone who is being tested as being a “famed negotiator” and who wants to prove that it’s not just Executive Orders that he can do, but also the stuff that has to get through Congress.

While I appreciate the argument of Rand Paul– I like the idea of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace. They should have gotten Rand and the group on board behind the scenes with a plan, but I think that getting something done (especially if you risk the tax cut and other things by not getting this done) is better than doing nothing at this point.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 1424 times, 3 so far today

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

Should Twitter and Facebook Be Treated as Utilities? No.

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1537 times, 2 so far today

While one can understand and sympathize with why Scott Adams asks this question and appreciate the uniqueness of the solution, the problem with this is that it enshrines these things as public entities and relieves competition.  Even now, alternative applications to Twitter and Facebook are under development, and with most social platforms, times can change and people can and do leave them– though I will definitely grant that adoption rates for new sites can be slow when there isn’t much of a value ad.

I believe it would be far more powerful for bigger names to leave these two platforms for a new platform and encourage their followers to move to keep up than it would be to allow these platforms to achieve some kind of protected, too-big-to-fail status.

Why Who is President Shouldn’t Matter As Much as It Does

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1380 times, 2 so far today

Eight years ago when President Obama took office, much of what was thought and is happening today was happening on the other side.  Many wondered if Pres. Bush would declare martial law and prevent Obama from taking office. There were people on the right scared of what Obama would do with the country– those that had read Alinsky and others and feared the worse.

I consoled myself, like I have done with every change in power, that the President often doesn’t get all that he wants– checks and balances help to prevent that and things in Congress are not so lopsided to let truly partisan methods through.

Then President Obama extended what President Bush had done with signing statements and executive orders.  He started legislating unopposed with the backing of the American people (so we were told) and with a republican opposition afraid of their own shadow.

Now it is the liberal’s turn to fear because that extension that Bush and Obama made is being undone and one wonders whether President Trump will take it further.  He certainly talks a lot about what he will or can do that we all know he’ll need Congressional support for– or will he?

The President of the United States was never meant to be a king, and I fear that the current culture war, in its efforts to ram through societal change that the people don’t want, have perverted the Presidency and the Judiciary in an attempt to get around the fact that it would be impossible to legislate their changes though the Congress because they are forced to make compromises and/or reflect the will of the people.  So the President takes executive action (which is great if they agree with you and terrible if they don’t) and the Judiciary makes laws by interpreting things otherwise and eventually it will all fall apart.

Who is President shouldn’t matter as much as it does.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  And so for four years non-establishment Republicans will be happy, maybe the populists will be happy, but what then?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.