Tuesday, August 02, 2011
What in God's Name?
The Republicans and the Democrats in the United States have been playing economic Russian Roulette over the debt ceiling for the past few weeks. I'm no expert on this, needless to say, but I am less than impressed by the partisan politics which seem to take precedent over the best interests of the nation.
Some religious leaders have spoken out and gathered for prayer in various communities, concerned that the poor and marginalized will bear the brunt of cutbacks, as is so often the case. It's a good thing someone is acting as a voice for the voiceless.
Meanwhile it seems that the proverbial elephant in the room is being ignored. Military spending represents about 20% of government expenditures. It's estimated that about four trillion dollars has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, making these wars more expensive than WWII for the Americans. That amount is triple what was approved, and most of it is borrowed money.
Where in God's name is the morality in all this? How can a nation which insists that its leaders profess faith of some kind, with Christians getting the inside track, reconcile what is happening?
Have you been following this drama? What is your reaction?