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On May 30, the Virginia Senate passed a fiscally irresponsible and immoral budget approved earlier by the House of Delegates. Budgeted expenses are projected to grow from their present $51.8 billion in 2018 to $57.0 and $58.9 billion in 2019 and 2020, single year increases of 11% and 14% respectively over present spending levels. A large part of this increase comes from an approximately $3.6 billion per year expansion in Medicaid program spending, with an accompanying false claim of moral compassion to promote the need for same. Some of this program’s expansion is to be financed by a new $600 million tax on the hospitals receiving program expenditures in return for providing Medicaid healthcare services. This article looks closer at the spending increase and compassion claim.

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In doing research for my next book, I’ve been reading some post-modernist views of society. While they have many differences of opinion, one thing they all seem to agree on is a society needs to be moral to succeed. Morality is defined simply as righteous behavior. There is one very large problem with a society’s need for morality and the secularism inherent in post-modernism, God is the only source of morality. Secular societies never work as within them man turns toward himself and away from God. It doesn’t matter whether the secularist denies God outright or in some way elevates man to a point where he can justify doing whatever he wishes, the result is the same.

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Remember when talking about school safety meant cross-walks and crossing guards? Today’s talk on improving school safety centers on reducing the number of school campus shootings. The chart below displays the number of shootings, and resulting deaths and injuries, by decade from 1930 to March, 2018. A shooting in this data is defined as the discharge of a weapon on school grounds.

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Posted in: Education
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Another tragedy occurred yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, in Florida. First my prayers and condolences go out to those effected including school personnel, children, their parents, families, and neighbors. And I also include the shooter and his family. They need our prayers as well. We may never understand why this shooting happened, but in some ways understanding why it happened doesn’t really matter. It was an act of hate - evil.

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We hear today there is a new truth to follow, and we must become enlightened to do it. We must discover who we are to transform ourselves. Unfortunately, this new knowledge is often a lie, a deception designed to ensnare each of us. A lie because it is based on who we think we are; relying on our own devices to determine our character. It’s all about us.

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Christmas is a time to reflect on our blessings, and this year is no exception. For the first time in a decade, things are beginning to head in a good direction, but there is still much work to do. The 2016 election was only a reprieve, it was the beginning of the real work and not the end of it.

 

Things are Getting Better ...

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Posted in: Governance
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This article continues the discussion started in Part I, using the areas of education, poverty, and healthcare as examples. More detail on the first two topics can be found in Collectivism and Charity: The Great Deception.



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Living in the Land of Lies discussed some progressive principles, how they impact society and differ from our founding ideas. Progressive ideas are not limited to any particular political party. This article draws from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, a platform steeped in progressive ideas representing man’s enlightenment of himself. Man turned toward man, or man and man alone.

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Posted in: Governance
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My heart goes out to those at the recent Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. My prayers are with you, your families, the first responders, and medical personnel who assisted those who were wounded. It was truly a calamity, but as we’ll see in a bit there were also some very hopeful moments in the midst of the tragedy.

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This article examines our governance, specifically its guiding principles. This article is not party specific. It doesn’t matter whether you have a ‘D’, ‘I’, or ‘R’ after your name. One’s ideology and derived principles are what matter, and today’s ideological buzz word is ‘progressive.’ People holding progressive ideas exist in both major parties, and are outlined below. Later, we’ll review portions of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform for its underlying principles, not picking on that particular partybut today’s Democratic party is largely controlled by communists and socialists. Their platform provides all the evidence needed to see where they actually stand, regardless of what they say.

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Posted in: Governance
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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.