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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

"Sheesh, I think I'll emigrate, and stay here in cyberspace for good." -- Ancient Kung Foole Proverb by Peter McDermott
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.