On Blood Money, and Those Who Accept It…

I’m very sorry it’s been so long between posts.  Between the new job, the recent move, Wall Street being mauled by a herd of wild bears, and the election, I’ve been busy.

I try not to talk too much about politics on this blog, but it’s only natural during an election year.  Most disturbing to me, working in a Catholic school as I do, is the number of coworkers who seemed to so easily sell their vote to Obama as soon as the economy turned.  I’m staunchly, unapologetically pro-life, and the senseless slaughter of 1.4 to 2.1 million babies a year is the greatest social justice issue of our generation, and in magnitude represents an evil greater than no other this country has ever faced (with the possible exception of slavery).

Given that the next president will likely choose 1-2 supreme court justices, and therefore determine the course of the abortion issue for the next decade or more, it remains the most important issue of this election.

For that reason, as I’ve unabashadly informed my students (without mentioning who exactly I’m voting for), I will never vote for a pro-choice candidate for president.  McCain is far from the ideal pro-life vote, with his irrational support of unproven embryonic stem cell research, but he’s nowhere near the disaster that Obama would be (who’d roll back every advance we’ve made, and didn’t even support measures like the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act”–a measure even Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy passed).

For a Catholic, who knows and values the sanctity of innocent babies–who are members of the Body of Christ–to sell your vote out of economic self-interest is an extreme act of betrayal.  In fact, I think it puts many Catholics (including some I consider friends) in the same company  as someone else who sold the body of Christ “for the (economic) good of the nation”…  His name was Judas Iscariot*.

*I’m mindful of alternate theories that suggest ways for the betrayal of Judas to be less dastardly, including the sympathetic view that he fully expected Christ to manifest his awesome power, shatter his bonds, and overthrow the Romans.  Even those accounts that paint Judas as not-quite-evil acknowledge that his good intentions were tragically misguided, and so I find even in this interpretation a fitting metaphor for the misguided,  but-not-quite evil (and not-quite-scientifically literate) Catholic supporter of Obama.

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Fear

I thought of naming this post, “Jim Cramer is an Asshat,” but realized most people won’t know who I’m talking about (FYI, he’s that ‘Mad Money’ investment guy who helped spook tons of people on the market this week).

I can’t avoid talking about the financial crisis our country is facing, or from reminding people that herd mentality can only get us in worse trouble.  If I had some more disposable income (alas, the price of being a Catholic schoolteacher), I’d be seriously looking to make some major investments prior to the election.  Buy low, sell high.  Soon it’s going to be time to buy low.

Also thought I’d comment on a load of BS that came spouting out of the mouth of Obama a few minutes ago in this second presidential debate.  He said “earmarks” accounted for only $18 billion in the federal budget.  Please. Medicare is wasting $70 billion a year and he expects us to believe the total federal budget only has $18 billion in earmarks? 

I’ve heard some say there is almost $180 billion worth of extra pork in the “Bailout Bill” (which has done nothing to improve the markets over the last three days).  That’s right, $180 billion on top of the $700 billion.  Big government helped get us in this mess in the first place, and big government doesn’t have the power to get us out.  The historical evidence bears this out; the banking crises in Japan and Mexico (and several other nations) were prolonged and worsened when the government bought bad debt.

The greatness of America rests upon the ingenuity and hard work of the common woman and man.  We live in the most prosperous and generous country in the world in spite of the idiocy of our elected leaders, not because of them.