October 21, 2009
Blessèd Are the Poor in Spirit

Here’s the Word of the Lord from John Hart, who is communications director for famed Christian Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma:

Coburn’s opposition to government programs, Hart said, stemmed from his concern for the poor. “His faith informs everything he does,” Hart said. He went on to say that, in the New Testament, Jesus mentions the poor some 300 times. “He doesn’t view the Bible as a think-tank document.,” Hart said. So, Coburn, before he contemplates a policy, Hart said, first asks himself, “How will it impact the people least able to fend for themselves?”

“He has come to the conclusion that large government enterprises harm poor more than help them,” Hart said, offering Medicaid as an example. He conceded that the government health-care program does help some poor people, but he contends that it hurts others, because “40 percent of doctors refuse to accept Medicaid.” (Coburn is an MD himself.)

Hart said that the expansion of Medicaid beyond the ranks of the “truly poor” will only hurt more people.

And, in a not unrelated story, we learn that, “Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States, according to a survey released today.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 21, 2009 11:38 AM
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Jesus never said "Blessed are the gullible True Believers, for they will take us along with them in the the descent into hell on earth".

But maybe he should have.

Posted by: Buck on October 21, 2009 2:34 PM

Can there be a state with two dumber senators than Oklahoma? Inhofe and Coburn added together wouldn't reach double digits on the I.Q. meter. Anybody think of a state with two dimmer bulbs in the Senate?

Posted by: Aitch Jay on October 21, 2009 6:01 PM

Two of four Oklahoma high school students named Ronald Reagan as the first president of the United States, and I blame it on their senators.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on October 21, 2009 7:02 PM
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