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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-08-30

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Analysis and Commentary:

1. Onward to Myth #10: Happy, happy, happy! Myth #9 has finally gone away and now we get to see Myth #10: Government housing programs strain budgets.

Myth #10: Government housing programs strain budgets. Discretionary programs that help low-income people meet basic needs, more than half of which are housing assistance, made up about 2.2 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2013, based on estimates from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

The version of Myth #10 in our bulletin drops the word “Discretionary”. This myth statement only speaks of the “federal budget.” It does not mention state and county budgets. All of these “Discretionary” programs have a common source of funding, by one means or another. That source is the consumer/the tax payer. The consumer/tax payer has little say when it comes to paying the cumulative tax burden. We contend that it is the consumer/tax payer’s budget that is strained. We have rarely ever seen taxes being reduced, and we have often seen them being increased. The math relating to that 2.2 percent in a government budget is quite different than what the math looks like for that 2.2 percent when it comes to a tax payer’s budget.

Are we saying “Don’t help the homeless”? No, we have a moral obligation to help them. What we are saying is: “If you are going to bandy myths about, especially myths that relate to the government’s track record on spending wisely and morally, you better be prepared to document what good has come out of that 2.2 percent budget expenditure. It’s not what percentage that was spent, it is how effectively was it spent.”

2. UUBRidge welcomes diversity: This week the Rappahannock News carried a letter with the title “UUBRidge welcomes diversity.” If you have a chance, please read the article. I don’t understand everything I know about the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge. If, however they are the same Unitarians that attended the County picnic discussed in item 2 of For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-07-12, I suspect we at St. Peter Catholic Church have some real Catholic evangelization to perform. We pray that Father is on top of this and sharing the true teaching of the Church concerning the problem with this type of diversity. Souls are at stake!

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