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What happens in the halls of national government – for better or for worse – can dictate the future course of America. Along with your fellow Prayer Team members, you are to be constantly and fervently interceding for all the men and women who serve in Congress, for your military leaders in the Pentagon, and for the President of the United States, his cabinet and administration.

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Tax The Rich

Inside Washington

Old ideas resurrected in State of the Union Address

By Dave Ficere

“Tax the rich, feed the poor, 'Til there are no rich no more…”

The line from the 1971 hit song “I’d Love To Change The World” by the rock group Ten Years After served as a social commentary more than 40 years ago and still holds sway today among some.

The Associated Press headline the morning of President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20 said it all:

Obama To Call For Tax Hike On The Wealthy … will call for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and tax credits for the middle class.

In today’s politically correct parlance, politicians usually don’t blatantly say “tax the rich.” Instead, you are likely to hear the more nuanced “pay their fair share” or similar verbiage, usually involving some form of the word “fair.” True to form, President Obama used “fair” eight times in last Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Married to this concept is the idea that government is the wellspring for prosperity and fairness. The President clearly put forth this concept in last week’s address saying:

“And in fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. We set up worker protections, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the Internet – tools they needed to go as far as their effort and their dreams will take them. That’s what middle-class economics is – the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

Obama’s “Fairness Doctrine” implies that in order for people to succeed, society (progressive translation: government) must balance the scales. In reality, government more often gets in the way and hinders success, which was brilliantly articulated by former President Ronald Reagan in his first inaugural address. In it, he urged Americans to remember the achievements of the Founding Fathers and – in particular – their confidence in self-government and individual freedom;

“Our government,” he emphasized, “has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Reagan struck at the heart and soul of the Progressive-liberal mantra that society has become too complex for simple people to manage and that government by an “elite group” is superior to government of, by and for the people as the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Hand-in-hand with the idea that an elite group must govern is the concept that equality can only be achieved by government becoming the equivalent of a modern-day Robin Hood: Taking from those who have and giving to those in need above and beyond the Biblical concept of looking out for the poor who are truly needy.

The Bible never argues for the idea of confiscatory government and socialistic policies to help those in need. While “rendering unto Caesar” is encouraged, Christians are challenged to trust God and help each other – not look to the government – for their daily bread. One could argue the church’s failure to do so has given birth to the rise of big government – or has the rise of big government caused the church to forfeit its responsibility?

For more than 200 years, American prosperity has been fueled by everyday people – many with a strong faith in God. They built their own businesses, came up with new and innovative ideas or simply worked in factory assembly lines producing products. Historically, they did so free from government encumbrance. They – not the Washington elites – were responsible for the post- World War II boom that saw America rise to become the most prosperous and influential nation the world has ever seen.

America – you and me – must return to God and become “our brother’s keeper” and lessen the role of government in every aspect of life. May God raise up leaders who put Him first and understand the proper role of government as reflected by the Founding Fathers. As Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Dave Ficere writes on a wide array of topics for a wide array of media including newspapers, magazines, websites and newsletters. The owner of his own writing business, Dave is married to Patt and – along with their dog Scully – lives in Phoenix, AZ.

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