I turned off the cable news today at about 11 a.m. Not enough Xanax in the house to have it on all day. Here’s a list of my personal news-inspired stressors:
1. On at least five different occasions I heard anchors say some version of, “While democrats fight to pass the measure, republicans continue to oppose any stimulus.”
Please can someone tell the talking heads that the debate is about what kind of stimulus, not who is for or against stimulus. Normally I have low expectation of cable news readers, but as we debate my children’s financial future, the details seem worth getting right.
2. With the amount we are spending, we could eliminate 90% of current mortgages.
3. Or build 20 new nuclear power plants, or give everyone who buys a home in 2009 a $20,000 tax break…
4. According to Geithner, we are going to “try some things we have not tried before.” I’m praying for you big time, Tim!
5. Mike Huckabee thinks the bill is anti-religious because it can’t be used to “…modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities—used for sectarian instruction, religious worship…or a school or department of divinity; or in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission.”
Worst yet, the whole process does not feel very much like the “new era of politics” exactly when we need that era. All that to ask this simple questions:
What part should Christians, especially leaders, play in the stimulus package debate?
Avoid, advocate, engage, moderate, spiritualize?