From the time Obama entered office in 2009, the GOP has opposed virtually every initiative he has proposed. With little assistance and plenty of opposition, the economic collapse Obama inherited from his predecessor Bush has been substantially dealt with–ongoing job creation has continued for nearly five years. GDP is on the upswing and interest rates remain low. Housing starts are up and unemployment down. A universal health plan first proposed decades ago by Republican presidents is the law of the land but the hair on Republican heads continues to blaze. One definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing with an expectation of a different outcome. The GOP-led house has attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (popularly/unpopularly known as Obamacare) over 50 times. The act has survived court scrutiny. Now Speaker of the House, John Boehner has said he will sue the president over it. Continue reading GOP Truculence Persists
Back in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, Bush spoke of “compassionate conservatism.” Examples of such were hard to find, although in the waning days of his 2nd term, came the 2008 law that now is being conflated with the overall immigration debate–protecting children from non-contiguous countries who come here seeking protection from abuses in their countries. So what do we see from Americans in California, Texas and Arizona–perhaps New Mexico as well? Not just NIMBYism (not in my backyard) but callous calls to send thousands toddlers to teenagers back home as if they were none other than illegal border crossers intent on corrupting America with their protest. Congressmen, US senators and even the White House insist few will qualify under the law intended to protect them and want them sent home almost immediately to Guatamala, El Salvador or Honduras. Citizens block buses transporting them for processing and angrily protest their presence here. As a Buddhist, far be it from me to ask WWJD, but this all seems as far removed from Christian mercy as worshiping Satan. It is important to note, this has almost NOTHING to do with the overall immigration issue [more on that in my next post]. Continue reading Where is the Compassion on Children Crossing the Border?