When writing about God and Jesus, The Daily Jot means YHVH as God and Yeshua Ha Mashiach as Jesus--the actual original names and the true nature and character of them.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Here we are, how many days into the government shutdown? Quite frankly, I haven't noticed. Perhaps some of you have, I don't know. But just like all the other government shutdowns, nothing much has changed. People I know in charge of our national defense are still at their positions. Our nation is safe because the only real budget item the federal government is required to do is, as the preamble to the US Constitution says, "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty." The rest is left up to the states and the local government. All the add-ons by the federal government are beyond its charter-just saying.
The news media and the pro-government left are spastic about a government shutdown. Every day there is a new headline and a new angle, a new sob-story about how the hated dictator Trump is ruining America by shutting down the government. Over the long-term, a federal government shutdown would have a tremendous negative impact on the US economy. The federal government employs more than 2.7 million civilians, not counting those in the military. That's more than Walmart, Amazon, Yum China (Yum Brands), Kroger, Home Depot, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, FedEx, UPS, Target, and General Electric, combined.
Now, I do not want to give any impression that those of you who work for the federal government do not have important jobs. So don't get angry and hit the "unsubscribe" button. My personal belief is that many federal jobs would be even better as private industry jobs-which would likely happen if the federal government did not provide the service. Essential services, such as waste removal, electric power, education, road upkeep, water, food, etc., are not entrusted to the federal government, and now you know why-a shut down would cause real problems. The basic concept of a shutdown by the Congress or the White House is to get those who want more government, and are convinced they can't live without it, to agree to something the others want.
Government should not be God in our lives. As you can see, your life goes on without the federal government. In America, we might just focus too much on politics and government. As we remember Christ during this time of the year, maybe it is appropriate that the government is shut down. Isaiah 9:6-7 prophesies, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given" and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever." THAT's the government that never shuts down.