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I was not going to blog on this issue but the combination of Senator Warner’s concern about the debt and Senator Sanders (no relation to this blogger!) ridiculous speech on the rich forced my hand.

Let’s start with Senator Warner warning Virginians about hard times ahead.  The Times-Dispatch reports that Warner was accurate that the debt increased over three days by over $11 billion dollars.  the senator is concerned about increased debt!

“U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner says Washington must spoon out foul-tasting medicine to ease the nation’s debt.”

“The Virginia Democrat is urging the White House and congressional leaders to consider strong doses of spending cuts and tax increases brewed this fall by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.”

I’d be more impressed if Senator Warner had not voted for health care, the stimulus package, TARP.  Where was Senator Warner when his fellow Democrats were running up the debt?  He was not saying STOP.  He rather was part of the problem as far as I see it.  Senator Warner now calls for sacrifice from the American People but never from Speaker Pelosi or fellow Senator Harry Reid.  I do not want to see words; let’s see actions.

Then we turn to Senator Sanders from Vermont.  He is furious about retaining the Bush tax levels for all Americans.  here’s what he said (I am quoting and paraphrasing from a video):

“These crybabies…they are crying and crying and crying.  *  *  *  When is enough, enough?  When does greed – and greed, in my view, it’s like a sickness, it’s like an addiction..”  Senator Sanders included himself as an addict:  “We all have out share of addictions.”

Then Senator Sanders cites the US as having the “highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world…”  How do the multimillionaires live with themselves with such poverty!  It’s wanton greed!  They should go to the Bible and find out that they must share and stop being greedy.  They should pay more taxes!  Let’s keep after it as long as it takes!

Where do I start here?  Let’s start with:  “When is enough, enough?”  It’s NONE of Senator Sanders’ BUSINESS!  Let’s turn to the “addiction” of having too much money.  When did he decide that?  Again, NONE OF HIS BUSINESS!  And I am not impressed with the addiction analogy.  At least Senator Sanders admitted he is addicted to something.  He seems to be addicted to failed socialistic solutions.  Senator Sanders is addicted to encouraging envy among the American people.  the Vermont senator cites the Bible to encourage the rich to send in more tax money and stop crying about it.

But the Bible is clear about envy:  It’s a sin.  The Ten Commandments forbid coveting your neighbors house, animals, or “…any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”  Exodus 20: 17 (KJV)  And the Bible says that those who encourage others [in this case children] to sin is worthy is a greater punishment:

“It were better for a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”  Luke 17:2 (KJV)

I cannot judge Senator Sanders’ heart.  Maybe he is sincere and not just envious.  But words count.  The apparent policy of the Democratic liberals are to encourage envy and class warfare.  It’s bad policy and it is sinful.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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