Pelosi-speak: Mandate=choice.

Speakerette of the House Nancy Pelosi says that what Congress is really offering in its health care reform bills is a “consumer option,” not a public option:

“As we’re mandating that people buy insurance we are saying to them, you have leverage, you have another choice. This is your consumer option.” To back up her point, Pelosi said that the program would be self-sustaining and benefits would be paid for by premiums, not taxpayers.

Point 1: She actually managed to say that the government would both mandate insurance and offer a choice. Translation: We will remove your choice to buy insurance and offer you a choice of which insurance to buy. Take with one hand … well, take with one hand.

Point 2: The program will be “self-sustaining” and won’t be paid by taxpayers. Uh-huh, and Social Security will only put out benefits already paid in by the beneficiaries, and so will Medicare. Taxpayers won’t be affected by this at all. Nope, no way. Move on. Nothing to see here. Uh-huh. Liberal Democrats are going to institute a massive public insurance program that won’t affect taxes. And you can set up an ice cream concession in hell, too.

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Where does it say the Torah will be abolished?

Aaron Eby of First Fruits of Zion has a great post up at ffoz.org, “The Double Standard of Abolishing Torah.” 

Working from how the U.S. Constitution would continue to function even if a U.S. president perfectly carried out its mandates, Eby argues that

Likewise, the Torah does not include any provision that one may cancel it by keeping every law.

Indeed, I’m not aware of any provision in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament that the Torah would cease to function even if somebody perfectly lived it out, as Yeshua (Jesus) did. That teaching was developed by post-apostolic Christians.

Aaron concludes:

It is hypocritical to demand that Israel’s constitution [the Torah] be abolished and replaced by a few ethical sentiments, while at the same time devoting oneself to the preservation of your secular nation’s legal framework. How can Christians keep and enforce the laws of secular governments, which are the mere products of human reasoning, while abolishing the legal system established by God? Which one is more enduring, righteous, profound, and true?

White House critique of the news media

Not since the Nixon administration have we had a White House from which something like this could come:

“We’re doing what we think is important to make sure news is covered as fairly as possible,” a White House official told POLITICO, noting how the recent ACORN scandal story started because Fox covered it “breathlessly for weeks on end.”

The source is talking, of course, about the White House’s declaration that Fox News is not a real news organization. (A friend of mine pointed out that this could be said of all TV news outlets, but I digress.)

My question is, why in the world should anyone in the White House be worried about how a news org is covering something? Where in the Constitution does it say that the federal government is responsible for how a news organization covers something?

This is something that is normally discussed in a classroom or in the media, or on the Net. In other words, by private citizens. But it’s totally inappropriate for the White House to take upon itself the role of judging the validity of a news organization. And they know it, too. Witness this give-and-take between ABC’s Jake Tapper and the White House’s Robert Gibbs.

What’s next? Movie recommendations? CD suggestions?

This is another example of Barack Obama’s unfitness to govern.

Pray for Chris Klicka of HSLDA

KlickaThe sad news about Chris Klicka, attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association, is that he might not have long to live:

Chris Klicka, HSLDA’s first full-time attorney, who has been fighting multiple sclerosis for many years, became very ill at our National Leaders Conference in Colorado last week. Chris was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs but has since been moved to hospice care.

His wife, Tracy, wrote the following this afternoon:

We want to give you an update on how Chris is doing. He is still with us, but is making a steady transition toward going home to be with our heavenly Father.

Yesterday morning, John and his daddy had a blessed reunion. He spent a long time on the bed with his dad, just resting his head on his daddy’s shoulder.

Later in the afternoon, with friends and family gathered around, we sang praises to the Lord at Chris’ request. Even in his reduced condition, he was spiritually leading us!

Chris has been a thoroughly dependable man at HSLDA (not that the others there aren’t). He has worked tirelessly to make sure homeschoolers are treated properly by governments and school districts in all 50 states. One of the reassuring things about being a member of HSLDA is that you know Chris Klicka has your back. The fact that he has had MS for so many years just makes his work even more amazing.

I pray for comfort for his family and comfort for Chris in these difficult hours. The good news is that Chris has accepted the good news and is a believer in Messiah. His departure, while sad for us, would be a time of joy for him.

If you want to send donations to Chris’ family, view here and scroll down a bit for instructions.