Fools all around

How better to mark April Fool’s day than to note some of the world’s ongoing foolishness

Exhibit A: British politicians

Whatever its outcome, the Brexit process will leave Britain at its least governable since the Seventies… A more fundamental factor is the refusal of the political class to respond intelligently to the 2016 referendum. Instead of trying to understand and implement its result, they have treated it as an eruption of unreason that must be resisted at any cost.   Instead, by seeking to thwart the result they have deepened the estrangement of voters from the political system.

Exhibit B: U.S. politicians who won’t defend the border

Along the Texas border with Mexico – from El Paso to Eagle Pass to the Rio Grande Valley – masses of migrants have been crossing the border in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming federal holding facilities and sending local leaders and volunteers scrambling to deal with the relentless waves of people.

Border Patrol officials were on pace in March for more than 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants – the highest monthly tally in over a decade, he said. Around 90 percent of those – or 90,000 – crossed the border between legal ports of entry.

Increasingly, smugglers are bringing larger numbers of families together and delivering them across the Rio Grande, knowing they’ll overrun facilities and be released until their immigration court date, she said. Under U.S. law, Border Patrol is not supposed to hold any migrant for longer than 72 hours.

Usually, Border Patrol hands them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which can detain families for up to 20 days. But all of those facilities are overcrowded, Brown said, leading Border Patrol to skip the transfer to ICE and release migrants to shelters en masse.

“This is a system-wide collapse,” she said.

Exhibit C: U.S. voters

In El Paso, Texas, I was surprised to learn that the resounding second-choice pick of Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke fans is Bernie Sanders.  They have very little in common, but that might be irrelevant. When pressed for more specifics, hardcore Beto fans at his hometown rally couldn’t point to much. Some said they believed Beto and Bernie Sanders share good character and values. Others did not care much about the difference in economic policy (Bernie being a legitimate socialist and all, with Beto being roughly pro-free trade) when asked whether that bothered them.

That’s not to say people didn’t have their reasons for supporting O’Rourke, but the message was clear throughout: O’Rourke is the new Obama, a positive campaigner, young and new on the scene, who provides necessary contrast to the current guy in charge. He gives them the warm fuzzies. Maybe that’s all it takes. Warm fuzzies should not be underestimated.

Shauna and Joe, from Greenville, Texas, drove more than 600 miles to see O’Rourke in El Paso. Like devoted groupies, they’ll be following him to his third rally today in Austin, Texas (that’s about 570 miles across Texas over the course of nine hours).

Exhibit D: Companies more interested in “virtue signaling” than in making money

Dick’s CEO Edward Stack – with evident pressure from the media and anti-gun lobby – has embarked on an escalating series of policies to restrict the chain’s sale of guns, at one point a significant part of the company’s revenue stream. Stack went so far as to formally collaborate with the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety and to sign a letter endorsing gun control bills pending on Capitol Hill. His company even retained corporate lobbyists to press Congress for additional gun control.

Now Bloomberg’s own media outlet, Bloomberg.com, is reporting that Dick’s itself estimates the price of its anti-gun advocacy at $150 million in lost sales in 2018, or almost 2% of the company’s annual revenue.

And of course, we need to remember in our increasingly godless society, that

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is none who does good.”    Psalm 14:1

Happy Atheists’ Day!

Atheist’s Day

Over the past couple years I’ve seen several references to April 1st as Atheist’s Day.  Given that it’s scriptural, I suppose it’s worth observing!   🙂

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”  (Psalm 14:1)

Many people today (including me) lament what seems to be an overwhelming increase in foolishness, whether of the political, economic, social or moral persuasion.  We are living in times described so well by Paul in Romans.  It’s no coincidence the rise of such foolishness has been concurrent with a decrease in belief in the Creator, or a willingness to listen to —and do –what He tells us in His word.

So enjoy the prankster’s favorite day (the blog owner takes no responsibility for any use of the contents of the preceding link!).  But don’t fall for the ultimate prank: The Enemy’s desire that you believe there is no God and no divine accountability.  The best April Fools Day gags have no long-lasting consequences.  Not so with the foolishness described in Psalms – it has eternal implications!  Satan wants nothing more than to include you in his original foolishness: self-centered rebellion against our own Creator.  Thankfully, God’s provision of grace (which we just celebrated at Easter!) has made it possible for us to turn a different way.

And that’s no joke!

Abolish the %$#@ IRS!

And they wonder why we don’t trust them (or government writ large these days):

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.

I’d say it’s more than potential.  This is obstruction of justice, on top of everything else.

There is absolutely no reason to have an agency that oversees an information-intrusive fiscal fleecing of the American citizenry every April.  It’s none of Uncle Sam’s business how much I earn or how I choose to spend my money.  By making these reporting requirements, we permit social engineering via the tax code, not just revenue raising.  “Want to reduce your tax burden?” Sam asks.  “Then do things the way I want you to.”

My solution: abolish the personal income tax (it was constitutionally impermissible until the early 1900s anyway–we went more than half our history without it!).  Implement a maximum 10% national sales tax (preferably less, but no more) that excludes food, clothing, housing and medicine.  That way nobody (particularly lower-income families) is penalized for purchasing essentials.  Allowing the government to tax what is then discretionary spending seems reasonable.  Vendors would remit the sales tax to the Treasury in the same way State sales taxes are done today.  No need for an IRS mafia operation — or a politically corruptible tax code — at all!

The IRS has lost the confidence of the public, and deserves as an organization to die.  I fear this is becoming true of our government in general.  It’s time to start talking accountability, people.  More than 600 days into this IRS investigation, who’ s been held to account?  Would Joe Taxpayer get off so lightly?