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02 February 2012 @ 02:56 pm
Ack, ptoooey! (tm Bill the Cat)  
First, the USA is a secular country and politicians should not, IMO, be using the Christian Bible as justification for anything.

Second, if they ARE going to use the Bible, could they please get their stories straight?

On the one hand, you have President Obama proposing a tax plan that would raise taxes on the wealthy: "I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'" http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72363.html

On the other hand, you have Alabama state Senator Shadrack McGill arguing against raising full-time teacher salaries: "It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach ... and these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It's just in them to do. It's the ability that God give 'em." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/shadrack-mcgill-alabama-teacher-pay-bible_n_1247765.html

At the same event, McGill explained that a 62% pay increase for part-time state legislators (from $30k to $49k) was necessary to properly reward legislators and make them less susceptible to corruption and lobbying. http://times-journal.com/news/article_16355b2a-4c64-11e1-a0b1-001871e3ce6c.html

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Stephen Harrissweh on February 2nd, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
McGill's position is consistent if you assume that no one is called to politics (it's a dirty job and people need rewards in order to do it) but people are called to teaching.

However, he's a bloody idiot 'cos reality doesn't match that assumption. And even if it did, there may not be enough people with "the calling" to meet demand.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on February 2nd, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
So... if the calling should be sufficient... why pay teachers at all?

(Note: any reason given to justify paying teachers, full stop, can also be used to justify paying them more than what they get in Alabama.)
what doesn't kill me better run: val: is everyone here on drugs? oh wait.carlyinrome on February 2nd, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)

If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach

browngirl on February 2nd, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh President Obama, why such rhetoric. *sigh*

I could but wish that Senator McGill would get scathing letters from his former teachers. Somewhere, logic is crying.
Maggiesillymagpie on February 3rd, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Because he has to make nice with the Christians to get reelected. Wouldn't want them electing some Kenyan Muslim, you know. :/
Violet Tigress: *Headdesk*violet_tigress1 on February 2nd, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Maggie: Dr. Coxsillymagpie on February 3rd, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
You can justify anything by using the Bible, if you're creative enough. It is silly, but unfortunately, that's the social climate we live in.
zemhitchhiker on February 3rd, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Matthew 13:12: For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

There you go - the bible says to tax the poor disproportionately!

Maggiesillymagpie on February 3rd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
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Peter Engdornbeast on February 3rd, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
As somebody else pointed out, Senator McGill doesn't actually have a quote from the Bible supporting him.

According to some people who know the Bible far better than I do, there is no passage in the Bible which supports his position.

President Obama, on the other hand, seems to be quoting Luke 12:48, and not as his primary decision point.
Miche: can we fix it?micheinnz on February 8th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
The Lord giveth (to the rich), and the Lord taketh away (from the poor).