It never ceases to amaze me how many people get their political opinions from bumper stickers and sound bites. This election is one of the most important in the history of our nation. It is too important to trust what others say without checking things out personally.
Both sides have economists who will support their positions. The only numbers that really matter are real world numbers. It is possible to find statistics that will support just about anything.
Someone posted a poster on my Facebook that said over the last 4 years Obama’s policies have saved the average family $3,600 over the last 4 years. He also said we would save another $2,200 next year. Obama hasn’t been in office for 4 years yet so we already know this poster has some problems. If you add what he has supposedly saved us and what he is supposed to save us next year you get $5,800.
The following are real world numbers for my family:
- Like the average person I drive about 12,000 miles per year
- The average car gets about 20 miles per gallon
- That equals 600 gallons per year
- Gas costs about $1.90 more per gallon, That makes $1,140 per year in additional fuel costs ($4,560 in 4 years)
- My medicare has gone up by $600 per year
- The first two years of Obama’s presidency there was no cost of living raise for social security (the first time in 70 years) and this has cost me at least $1500 in lost income for the last four years. It averages about $375 per year.
So, What has President Obama saved me over the last 4 years? Thus far it is costing me $2115 per year to have Obama as president. Think about that – That is a total of $8560 for his first four years. That means that I really lost $2,760 even if Obama did save me what the poster said he did. This may not seem like much, but it would pay my house payment for almost 4 months.
This doesn’t included the increase due to rising food costs, the cost of heating my home, and other things that are hard to calculate. What would a second term cost me? Frankly, I can’t afford it, and neither can most of you!
The poster goes on to say that Romney’s policies would cost me $2,000 a year. Even if this were true, which I seriously doubt, they would cost me $560 less that Mr. Obama has cost me over the last three years.
The fuzzy math used by this administration, and others, both Democrat and Republican, doesn’t work in real life. We need a president who has worked in the real world and knows how to use real math.
Although the government is not supposed to be our master, I think Colossians 4:1 deals with the issues before us in this election quite well. It says, Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”
To have a small minority of Americans paying the vast majority of the taxes. Almost half of Americans pay no federal income tax, and many of them get back an earned income credit meaning they actually pay a negative tax. Is that “just and equal?”
The Bible teaches that the laborer is worthy of his hire. This means that when someone works hard they should be able to profit from that hard work. Their wages should not be taken away from them to support those who won’t work. The Bible speaks to this very clearly. II Thessalonians 3:10 tells us, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
I know people who could work but because of the support they get from the government will not. Let me just give one example. I know one man who hurt is back on his job and cannot do the same kind of labor he once did. That does not mean he cannot work, it just means that he can’t do the kind of work he once did. He would make a great salesman because he has all of the talents necessary. In the field where he worked before there is a great need of good salesmen. He would not seek employment because he would loose about $1,300 a month in welfare even though the job would probably pay him at least $3,000 a month.
Those who need help should get help. Those who will not work should not receive help.
I have bloviated enough so let me close by saying that our nation is in real trouble and we need to know the issues and know the truth. Those who don’t study the issues shouldn’t vote.
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