The current impasse in Washington is fueled by many things, but one of the underriding issues is plainly old-fashioned greed. A powerful faction whose primary focus is cutting government spending so wealthier folk can keep more for themselves is flexing a lot of muscle.
Balancing tax cuts for the rich by shifting the burden to lower income folks or lottery addicts while opposing programs that presently or potentially make life better for the poor does not appear to be a moral issue for them.
Occasionally, when talking to my students about clear biblical injunctions to care for the poor and prophetic criticisms of those who have no qualms about exploiting them for profit, I play for them a musical satire by Craig Carothers — a song that manages to be both humorous and biting.
This seems to be a good day to post a link from YouTube.
Enjoy, if you can.
Professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and the Contributing Editor and Curriculum Writer at Good Faith Media.