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BP This Week: “We Don’t Have Answers; We Do Have Christ”

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John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer mourn yet another mass shooting, this time of brothers and sisters in Christ in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Even if Christians don’t know what to say, they can offer support and hope—just like other churches in the area are doing.

John and Ed also talk about the misguided effort to kill the adoption tax credit, and the continuing fallout and revelations stemming from Harvey Weinstein scandal. How should we respond?

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How Christians can respond to this latest church shooting

    • Ed Stetzer

 

    • CNN

 

  • November 6, 2017
  • Listen to the program here.
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Paying for death ( why are we funding this group, I asked you again )

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What difference does it make to have the GOP in control of the Senate, and house

Cal Thomas asked a good question in his radio commentary today. You can listen to it here.
The question Cal asked was,”WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE TO HAVE A REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY WHEN IT IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY? NOT MUCH AS SHOWN BY THE NEW HOUSE SPENDING BILL.”
Good question Cal. This is what the spending bill is not giving us.
THE $1.1 TRILLION SPENDING BILL INCLUDES not one cent FOR THE BORDER WALL PROMISED BY President Trump. Though MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD REMAINS. THERE IS NO MONEY FOR A “DEPORTATION FORCE” PROMISED BY THE PRESIDENT.
This is an OUTRAGE!
You can read the commentary by Cal Thomas.

Good for the NFL Charges fans for rejecting higher taxes to keep their team 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t saying whether he’s optimistic that San Diego and Oakland can keep their teams, while Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay considers both franchises all but gone.
Dean Spanos of the Chargers and the Raiders’ Mark Davis weren’t talking at the NFL owners meeting Wednesday in the Dallas area. And no new specifics were revealed by Goodell a day after city and county officials in Oakland agreed to open negotiations with an investment group on a $1.3 billion plan for a new stadium.
“As you know, these issues have been going on for an awful long time,” Goodell said. “The challenges of getting stadiums built is something that we’ve worked very hard on. We have not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego. There is not a stadium proposal on the table that we think addresses the long-term issues of the clubs and the communities.”
The Chargers face a Jan. 15 deadline to decide whether to join the Rams in Los Angeles, part of a deal struck almost a year ago when owners agreed to let the Rams leave St. Louis. A Chargers-written ballot measure asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel taxes to help fund a new downtown stadium was soundly defeated last month.

( Billy’s thoughts – Years ago I was a big Chargers fan. Today I am tired of rich sports teams demanding hard earning tax payers who are paying for overpriced tickets to their games, being forced to pay to build bigger stadiums. Some might say that is the free market. Well it is also the free market that the fans reject paying more in taxes to build the stadiums. To think here in Omaha, Nebraska a guy who is running for mayor is pushing the idea of trying to get an NFL team. I don’t think the Omaha tax payers would like having to deal with stuff like this. Some of us believed we were pushed too far by the NCAA to keep the college baseball championship. We sure don’t want to deal with the over priced NFL. Read the whole story from above here.)

This is what hypocrisy looks like after today’s story about Trump paying no taxes! They should have at least mentioned it in the story.

The story is here.

Obama wants former Presidents which he soon will be one to make more money 

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should want to change the tax code to keep company’s from moving out of the USA 

company decides to move its headquarters overseas, we hear politicians criticize the move but ignore the reason they moved. The latest source of political complaints came when Johnson Controls decided to merge with Tyco. Hillary Clinton called the merger “outrageous. Bernie Sanders is calling the executives “corporate deserters.”
The editors at the Wall Street Journal once again tried to explain in simple English why companies are doing this. The politicians who denounce these companies are also the ones who have maintained the corporate tax code that is the reason for the executives to take such actions.
Tyco has U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, but the company is legally established in Cork, Ireland. Johnson Controls will now move its legal headquarters from Wisconsin to Ireland. There is a very good reason for this. The U.S. federal corporate income tax rate is 35 percent. The corporate tax rate in Ireland is 12.5 percent. Johnson Controls estimates that they will save roughly $150 million a year.

( Read the rest of this commentary and or listen to it Companies Moving Overseas )

Douglas County Board after all  votes to keep 34 percent pay raises; vote is 3-3 

Remember the folks who voted to keep this pay raise around election time. You can read the story here.

New Speaker Must Use Article One

Shortly after Congressman Paul Ryan was sworn in as Speaker of the House, he admitted to his colleagues: “The House is broken. We are not solving problems; we are adding to them. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going.” If the House is really broken, as he says, then it’s because of Congress’ consistent failure to exercise its constitutional powers. Our fundamental document, the Constitution, Article One, Section One, begins: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The rest of Article One sets forth the many powers that the framers allocated to what they thought would be the most powerful of our three branches of government.In his first act as incoming Speaker, Ryan signed a deal that was secretly negotiated by outgoing Speaker John Boehner. A key provision of that deal was to surrender Congress’s authority to “borrow money on the credit of the United States” for the remainder of President Obama’s term as President. To confirm this budget deal, Ryan had to violate the so-called Hastert rule, in which Republican leaders repeatedly promised not to advance legislation that most Republicans oppose. 

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Cal Thomas: GOP surrenders to the ‘dark side’

Republicans have their biggest congressional majority since the Civil War, but behave as if they are powerless. They live in fear of a government “shutdown” for which they believe they will be blamed by the media and by voters.
Is it any wonder Donald Trump is the leading Republican presidential candidate? This bill represents not only what people hate about Washington; it’s what they hate about the misnamed Republican “leadership.”
Voices on the right, from Rush Limbaugh to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, are calling the spending bill a “betrayal.” Voters in two previous elections put Republicans in power and increased their margins for the express purpose of reversing, or at least halting, the unpopular policies of Obama. A Democrat majority could not have done better.

( Billy’s thoughts – Read more of this spot-on column by Cal Thomas here. )