03 June 2009

Some Quick Hits

1. I guess I grew up after the Glory Days of General Motors, because I have never had the romantic attachment to the company or, as people are putting it now, "what it stood for." I have also never, as a rule, liked any GM cars, and I have never owned one. Why, then, must I be forced to support the company? By what right does the federal government take my tax money and give it to GM even when I don't want their products?

2. Was it not even six months ago when we heard over and over again that GM was "too big to fail"? So the federal government gave it $30 billion in taxpayer money, with most estimating that it will be much more before all is said and done. And yet now it is being allowed to fail?

3. I heard economist Stephen Moore on the news say that by his estimate the federal government is paying $300,000 per job saved at GM. Is that worth it? Why can't we have a national discussion about whether making others bear that enormous cost is justified?

4. A recent Investor's Business Daily editorial claimed that at the end of 2008 every household in America had a debt, courtesy of the federal government, of $546,648. Half a million dollars! And that's not including the household's house, credit cards, cars, etc. The editorial also claims that in just the past year the federal government has saddled each household with an additional $55,000 in debt. In ten years, the federal government debt will be 82% of GDP. How can we continue to allow this massive debt to be heaped upon our children and grandchildren, all so that we can continue to live the good, gadget-filled life? I think it is tantamount to indentured servitude, and it is a moral crime of a high order.

Finally, on a totally different topic:

5. I am re-reading C. S. Lewis's excellent Mere Christianity, and this passage struck me in light of the recent flap about Sotomayor: "The Moral Law does not give us any grounds for thinking that God is 'good' in the sense of being indulgent, or soft, or sympathetic. There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. It tells you to do the straight thing and it does not seem to care how painful, or dangerous, or difficult it is to do. If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not Soft."

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