Anonymous asked: i dont think anyone is disallowing the Boy Scouts from following their policies. No one is stopping them. It's just that people are withdrawing their support and airing criticisms. Also, if you don't mind I just had some hypotheticals if you have time to answer? If you were a governor, would you veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage? Would you veto a bill legalizing adoption by gay couples? What would you say to your child if he/she were gay?
No, no one is disallowing them, I agree. But what is happening is that they are now being pressured to turn their back on morality and core principals of which they have held for a long time.
Whether or not a company agrees with their policy, that doesn’t have to dictate how said company treats them.
Hypotheticals: (1) I would not legalize a bill on same-sex marriage if it does not have over 60% favorability in the state. There are 2 types of ways elected leaders govern in a Representative Republic like we have in the United States. (a) By reflecting perfectly the constituents (therefore putting aside their beliefs and acting as Delegate of the people. The other (b) is for the elected leader to act as a Trustee - where the political leader uses his own judgement to do what is best for the people; after all, they elected him to make those decisions based off his policies. As Governor I would have been elected as a conservative voice and therefore would exercise said judgement as a trustee. I would not purely do my work as a trustee (I believe pure trustee-ism is foolish) but if the measure/bill had 60%+ support, I would do the will of the people and allow it to pass (or sign it into law). While I take this decision, I still would not do it willfully but would need some time to consider… God held the Kings of Israel responsible for the moral decay of society.
(2) See above response.
(3) I would say that I love them dearly, with all my heart… but I do not agree with their lifestyle. I would show them why, i the Bible, and through reasoning (they go hand in hand) why I believe what I believe and why I am steadfast in doing so. Would I change my mind on the votes (as you called for in the first 2 questions), absolutely not.
Recently 2 Republican congressmen changed their minds on gay marriage because their children came out as gay, and thats fine but I find that a weak reason for doing so. Check out this article by Dennis Prager “Even if your Child is gay.”
Twenty-first century America is a merit-based culture. As a free society, we function on social and economic models of competition and strive to prove ourselves better than those around us. We are bred to compete and often judge one another almost exclusively on a value basis…As American Christians, if we fail to form our identity in God’s love for us, we will default to finding our identity by comparing ourselves to others. When we deploy these false moral and spiritual rating systems to credit and discredit the people around us, the result is a judgmental church.
1. America’s welfare programs are redundant and inefficient.As The Heritage Foundation’s welfare expert Rachel Sheffield noted, there are at least 12 separate programs providing food aid, 12 funding social services, and 12 assisting education. Average benefits from all welfare programs are about $9,000 per recipient. If you converted those programs to cash, it would be more than five times the amount needed to raise every household above the poverty line. We should streamline redundant programs to save money while getting the same or better value.
Excellent write up.
Jim Corbett, the CEO of Vertos Medical Inc., says a non-invasive procedure invented by his company is a breakthrough in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common affliction of the elderly that makes it painful to walk or stand.
Corbett wants to make the technology – known by the brand name “mild” – more widely available. But he fears that a new 2.3 percent federal excise tax on U.S. sales of medical devices, levied since Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, will dampen investor ardor and drain resources that could be used for development, marketing and physician training.
Corbett also frets that the tax will lengthen Vertos’ path to profitability, especially since the device is the Aliso Viejo company’s only source of revenue.
Thousands of other medical gadgets and supplies, produced by device makers across the nation, are subject to the same tax. In Orange County, a hotbed of medical device manufacturing with more than 250 firms and tens of thousands of employees active in the industry, the tax is not sitting well. Some of those companies, like Vertos, are still in the startup stage and not yet profitable. They are likely to be the hardest hit.
The medical device tax is one of many measures in the Affordable Care Act intended to pay for the roughly $1.3 trillion that will be needed to provide health coverage over the next 10 years to an estimated 27 million Americans who are currently uninsured. The tax is expected to fill about $29 billion of that gap.
Proponents of the device tax say that medical companies should be willing to help offset the cost of expanding health coverage because they stand to profit handsomely from all the new potential customers.
But industry advocates say they do not believe that millions more insured Americans will necessarily translate to higher revenues. They contend the tax is a threat to the kind of innovation that actually serves the central purpose of the health reform law – affordable care.
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