Thursday, February 5, 2009

Expanding One of Bush's Bad Ideas

According to the New York Times, President Obama issued an executive order creating
a new White House office for faith-based programs and neighborhood partnerships, building upon the initiatives started by the Bush administration to administer social services
The following quote illustrates just how big a big government liberal Obama really is.
"the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone,” Mr. Obama said. “There is a force for good greater than government.”
Obama says this, but at the same time apparently believes that even a force "greater than the government" can't get by without taxpayer money.

Whatever happened to religious organizations providing social services supported by their own funds? The government already spends an ungodly -- pun intended -- amount of money on a wide range of social services. The Bush administration decided it would be a good idea to funnel more money through religious groups. Instead of putting a stop to this nonsense, which raises various church/state issues, Obama is actually going to expand on Bush's bad idea. I guess this is more change we can believe in. 


  1. It's totally appalling. Is tax exemption not enough already? Surely if religious groups are suffering for lack of private funding, someone should take the hint that apathy is causing their natural death. And when it's put like that, it's basically just an extension of the meddling economic policies, the bailouts of Wall Street and Detroit. To put it bluntly, this shit pisses me off.

  2. FrodoSaves,

    Yeah. Maybe I shouldn't have been, but this action of Obama's actually surprised me. I seem to remember that there was significant opposition among Democrats to the whole faithbased initiative. I thought this might be one program that was quietly closed down, not expanded.

  3. No, Obama was for faith-based programs almost from day one. He seems to be faking fundamentalism from time to time as a way of defusing conservative culture war concerns.

  4. A lot of atheists seemed to think that Obama was secretly one too, and that he'd drop the Christian charade once he entered office. I don't know why it should be such a surprise that he hasn't.