MInTheGap

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

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

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 931 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of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace.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 988 times, 2 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 1137 times, 1 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 1017 times, 1 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?

Should Christians Care if Christmas was December 25th?

December 8th, 2016 Viewed 1227 times, 1 so far today

christmasfamily07.jpgThe Bible is right to consider people sheep.  We do a lot of things because we have always done them.  Whether it’s where we work, our patterns for the day or the things we get involved in, there’s a combination of enjoying the familiar and not causing ripples that keeps most people from doing anything different.

This is part of the reason that I believe we have a celebration of Jesus’ birth in the middle of winter, and why it will probably never change.

Now, you could obviously start this conversation with a discussion of whether we should be celebrating His birth at all. The New Testament is devoid of decreeing any kind of celebration of days– in fact Romans 14 goes so far as to say that regarding any day better than another is something that really isn’t all the Spiritual, but a personal preference.

Marriage and the Book of Ezra

December 7th, 2016 Viewed 1088 times, 1 so far today

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There are difficult passages in the Bible– ones that, on the surface, don’t seem to square with ones we find in other places.  One of these passages is in the book of Ezra.  In Ezra 10, Ezra the priest has read the law that he found in the temple and has come across a problem– the exiles from Israel had transgressed the law of God in regards to marrying foreign women.  God wanted Israel to stay pure and only to marry other Israelites.  Some of the captives even had children with these foreign women.  What to do?

Ezra and the priests decide that all those who had married foreign wives must put them away, or divorce them.  If they had children, they should be put away as well.  This would be an arduous task, and they expected it to take some time to be pure again.

Ideas to Make Christmas Special

December 3rd, 2016 Viewed 1128 times, 1 so far today

christmas-wrapping-4.jpgHow do you make Christmas special? Two years back we were teasing the kids that we didn’t get them anything for Christmas.  That Christmas Eve we decided to hide the presents around the house and have them take turns finding them. The kids liked it so much that we did it again last year.

The point is to do something that’s unique to your family or something that you can share in.  So what are some of your traditions?

Here are some other ideas: How To Make Christmas Special for Your Kids

First There Was 4D Ultrasounds, now…

December 2nd, 2016 Viewed 1170 times, 2 so far today

Baby UltrasoundExpectant mothers may soon be able to view their unborn baby in virtual reality (VR), after the announcement of ground-breaking new scanning technology.

Scientists in Brazil have merged ultrasound images with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to build a 3D model of a baby in the womb, which can be brought to life by using a virtual reality headset.

Research has found that over half of “abortion-minded” women end up keeping their babies after seeing a scan.

Hat Tip: Christian Research Network

MInTheGap

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