Party Like It’s 1861

oflagI read a report that Obama’s Inauguration luncheon will hearken back to days of yore. As in, the days that “yore” government began to take on powers not delegated to it. That’s right, Obama will have a luncheon in the spirit of the “Great Emancipator”.

The foods served will include favorites of Abraham Lincoln (or ones that recall some of Lincoln’s favorite foods) such as a “Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)”. The appetizer will be a seafood stew in puff pastry to recall to mind Lincoln’s love of seafood. Other side dishes will recall those enjoyed by Lincoln when he was a child in Indiana. Dessert will be apple cinnamon sponge cake in honor of Lincoln’s love for apples (no, not the computers). Besides the food there will be other nods to Father Abraham. You have all doubtless heard how Obama will be sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible. To top it all off “A New Birth of Freedom”, a line from the Gettyburg address, will be the theme of the inauguration.

As soon as I heard about this I knew I wanted to blog about it. I quickly typed out a post and had it all ready to go. However it was rather harsh so I decided to restate my concerns. But in a nutshell the original post explained how Lincoln was not the Moses that everyone makes him out to be. Saving the Union was all he cared about. He simply did not want to go down in history as the President on whose watch the United States, the great experiment, went down the tubes. I mean, can you blame him?

But the real thing I want to point out about the Obama inauguration (and by extension, all inaugurations) is the over-the-top pomp and hullabaloo. Have you seen the figures on what this whole “celebration” will cost? I believe I heard the word “millions” in there somewhere. Most of it is privately funded.  But now consider the hypocrisy of the fact that Bush’s opponents criticized him for the amount he spent on his inauguration activities four years ago.  But since it is Obama….crickets. Obama can spend what ever he wants on his inauguration party (as long as he’s not using my money) but the obivious hypocrisy is disturbing.

I consider this a precursor and a glimpse into how Obama and the 111th Congress will handle the nation’s fiscal affairs.   If you look at expenses like this glitter-and-glam inauguration celebration and the laughably (were it not so scary) unconstitutional bailouts that everyone from GM to the adult entertainment industry is clamoring for it makes you wonder: why is it that the U.S. federal government is the only entity that will actually spend money when times are hard? In any household, corporation, or organization you  will see penny-pinching and cutbacks when bad economic times arise.  But the government actually spends!  Go figure.

Where is the wisdom and sound fiscal policy? The scripture is full of godly wisdom on the subject. Take a moment to run down a few (Proverbs 21:20, Romans 13:8, Luke 14:28-30, Genesis 41:33-36) and then write your state and federal representatives and ask for greater fiscal responsibility and wisdom.

Josh H.

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