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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Over the years, I've heard, read and studied a tremendous amount of information and opinions on our federal spending and debt crisis.
But I never heard anyone make quick work of the whole mess as I heard a country preacher take care of business recently.  He ran into the federal crisis head-on.  If he had been pounding a nail, it would have blasted through the other side of the board.
I know there are different religions, but I enjoyed the way he hit Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank without fear.    He called them about everything but Lucifer and he might have even been thinking that.  Most preachers shy away from any such efforts.
He gave a quick, yet certain analysis of federal spending policies and why the federal government is no longer working for most people.  "They have two sets of rules, one for the government and one for the people paying for the government," he said.
He said nearly everything Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank are doing is anti-scriptural.  I never thought of it that way before. "I can't find anything scriptural to support these trillions of dollars for wars and these social programs," he said.
In an age of having to define terms and using polite words, this small church pastor read the riot act to the federal government.  He was especially not mellowed by the fact he had gone through Homeland Security at the airport the day before and had been padded down by a security officer.
He addressed his being "felt down as a common criminal."
He told the church, "Our government is broke, yet it has the money to go all over the world sticking its nose in everyone's business and 9-11 was a boomerang to our wars in the Middle East and now the citizens again pay the price."
He added, "I don't understand how some of you people can call yourselves conservatives and blow all of this money in wars that never seem to end and bailouts for corporations."
He went on, "I'm not taking sides for either major party, because at the end of the day the are both big spenders. One is about as bad as the other."
About all federal spending problems and the huge federal debt are anti-scriptural," he said.  He noted federal subsidies that allow some people to avoid work and that avoid responsibility for paying your own way.  "I wouldn't want most of these federal programs if they were free of charge," he said. "Many of them accomplish just the opposite of what you would want."
 He quoted from the Bible about if you don't work, you can't expect to eat.
Then, he went into overdrive.
Our government is trying to be all things to all people, not just the citizens in this country, but to hundreds of millions of people in other countries who pay no taxes to us or do any work here."
Then he said something I had never thought of before.
Congress and Presidents think they are called to run the whole world."  He added, "Even Christ didn't claim he was called to everyone.  Christ left this world without solving everyone's problems or believing he was called to everyone on the planet."
He went on, "Christ told his disciples if they are not welcome someplace, to move on and find better soil to sow."  The U.S. government, he noted, thinks it has all of the wealth to travel around the globe forcing itself on countries, some of which don't want us.
"Know to whom you are assigned," he said.  "Washington believes it is assigned to the whole world to run.  That's one of the reasons we're broke."
The preacher noted with all of our problems in the U.S., out of wedlock births approaching 50 percent; brutal crimes, financial tragedies, tens of millions medicating themselves on legal and illegal drugs and alcohol, the U.S. government insists on intruding in many other countries and their business.
And boy did he tell it, agree or disagree, he knew what he believed.
"We want to tell the Islamic nations how to threat their women we we have put ours out to bid in the workplace, divorce is about 50 percent, but we want to tell others how to treat their women," he said.  "Our birthrate is way down...I don't know who is going to be paying all of these bills in the future," he said.
 He did not forget to mention the Federal Reserve Bank's "funny money" that is un-backed by anything at all.
The preacher said, "They keep increasing the amount of the money and the public has no idea how much is out there.  I understand it costs about four pennies to make a hundred dollar bill.  Now, they do a lot of this funny business by computers," he said.
"It's against scripture, he said.  "There is so much deceit in our financial system it is falling apart before our eyes," he said.
He told of going in the grocery stores and about every time he shops the size of the food containers have been reduced again and the price has also been raised.
"The good Lord only requires ten percent," he said, "But all of the taxes, hidden and otherwise are over 40 percent," he said. 
He said one of the reasons organized religion has lost so much of its influence is because millions of people are putting their faith in "the law" and "political action" instead being humble and praying for solutions.  "Some feel it is more direct to go to the government to take care of it than to ask God to deal with it," he said.
As a result, the government is trying to be all things to all people and nations and is about broke doing so.
His grand finale was this, "About anything Washington comes out for, I'm against," he said.  "They seem to do the opposite of what scripture would say to do."
I've heard many theories on economics, but this is the first time I saw it explained so simple and directly.
Some large TV mega pastors would probably not say some of these things, even if they believed them, fearing loss of their tax exempt status.
This country preacher has a church of about 40 members and he works full-time in town to make his living, so this is probably not a major worry of his.
I enjoyed his honesty and directness.  If we are going to solve our nation's economic problems, if we still can before a collapse, we will need people to speak out in an unconventional way as this preacher is doing.
The usual round table of "financial experts" has only made things much worse.