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This Dad Demands Action Too!

These Senators voted for special interests, not the best interests of their families.

I don’t put much political stuff up on this blog, but this has got me so angry that I can’t keep silent about it. I hope it doesn’t cost me readers, but if it does, so be it.

But to be fair, Harry Reid should be off this list since he changed his vote for procedural reasons, as explained in this Washington Post article on arcane Senate rules from February. In short, his “no” vote allows him to file a “motion to reconsider,” and give the bill another chance. Had he voted “yes,” the bill would be dead.

It makes no sense, but neither does the filibuster in its current form. Forty five votes is not a majority in a one hundred member legislature, and yet it is enough to thwart the popular will yet again.

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What Would Jesus Cut?

An important question from Sojourners Magazine (click image to enlarge):

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asks the same question, joining other Christian leaders in calling for a “Circle of Protection around programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.”

And the soon-to-be Blessed Pope John Paul II reminds us that “You must never be content to leave (the poor and vulnerable) just the crumbs of the feast. You must take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table.”

“Like guests at your family table.” It’s not just enough to help the poor, you have to respect them. Treat them as you would treat Christ, because, if we take Our Lord at his word, they are Christ.