Election 2008 and the lure of money
Most news and polling sources put the economy as the top election issue this year with taxes, and healthcare costs also amongst the top running positions. Of course, both presidential campaigns are hitting it hard telling Americans how they are going to ease our financial worries. Who isn’t aware of each camps big gun financial cures aimed right at middle America.
Obama/Biden ’08 touts,
Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples. Provide generous tax cuts for low- and middle-income seniors, homeowners, the uninsured, and families sending a child to college or looking to save and accumulate wealth.
while McCain/Palin pushes,
By making the tax code more equitable and transparent, John McCain will give every family a refundable tax credit – cash towards insurance – of $5,000 (Individuals receive $2,500).
No doubt, either of these proposal looks rather appealing for our family of four and probably most average American. Both candidates are right on target. I’ve got to admit this dirty little secret; even as a clearly conservative guy, it has crossed my mind that if Barack Obama were to win the election, my family might make out pretty good under his tax plan. Yes, it was a scary moment when I found myself being lured towards the Obama/Biden side over the prospect of more money. But you know, John McCain’s plan also looks pretty appealing.
However, with money in the forefront of this election, both camps are really loading down the voters with economic proposals, tax proposals, finger pointing, information and misinformation. Right now, I find it next to impossible to choose between the candidates based on how it will effect my wallet. To my great fortune though, I am a Christian. And even though I was lured for a moment to consider how this election might impact my finances; at the behest of God’s Word, I have set aside the lure of money and will make my decisions on more important grounds.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
And with the lure of money set aside, the differences between the two presidential candidates is quite stark. I find Barack Obama praising and promoting secularism in our society, promoting love of self over love of children, and preaching the false gospel that all roads leading to God.
All are ideals and acts which seem abhorrent to leaders in the John McCain campaign. Additionally with a value driven person like Sarah Palin in the VP seat, electing John McCain could set the stage for 8 more years of moral driven leadership even beyond the 4 – 8 years of a John McCain presidency.
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