Saturday, July 14, 2007

Benchmarks anyone?

I’m sorry! I do plan on answering the question on immigration asked recently. However, that will not happen this week. I hope I will begin answering the question next week. I apologize for the change in plans!

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

Let’s talk benchmarks. Iraq has been given benchmarks as a measurement of their progress. Some (the usual suspects) are complaining because Iraq has not yet met those benchmarks.

Now, let’s consider the situation. Iraq was a dictatorship for years under the control of a despot. Just a few years ago they elected their first democratic government. Understandably, I would think, they are not going to operate as effectively as a government that has experienced democracy for, let’s say, about 190 years. They just might have some kinks to work out.

Then, Iraq is in the middle of a war. Bombs are killing civilians almost daily. Terrorists have done what they intend to do—terrorize the population. People are dying and some are fearful of dying. Understandably, I would think, the government is not going to operate as effectively as a government that does not have a war waging in their front yard.

Furthermore, anyone who knows anything about democracies knows or should know (and I’m thinking specifically of those Democratic Congressmen who are doing all of the ranting and raving) that democracies by their very nature are not very efficient. If you want efficiency, dictatorships are much more efficient. Dictatorships have some major drawbacks but they do tend to be efficient. Understandably, I would think, a democratic government is not going to operate as effectively as a government that is under dictatorial control.

Now, let’s look at an American example. The State of Illinois has been a democracy since it became a State in 1818—approximately 190 years ago. The State of Illinois is not at war. Bombs are not exploding daily in Springfield, the capitol, or anywhere else in the State. (Except maybe Chicago but they would deny that, I’m sure.)

By law, the State of Illinois is suppose to have a budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year passed by the beginning of the fiscal year which is July 1, 2007. They do not. They are working under a temporary budget that is to end at the end of July. The Governor, who is a Democrat, has called a special session to pass the budget. Both the House and the Senate in the General Assembly have a majority of Democrats. Yet, the State of Illinois is still not able to pass a budget.

In fact, the Peoria Journal Star on July 7, 2007, page B5 printed this quote from a Democratic member of the legislature: “‘We have a madman (as governor),’ Rep. Joe Lyons, D-Chicago, said to reporters, ‘The man is insane.’” Or, this comment concerning the governor on the same page from the same story: “Rep. Jim Watson, R-Jacksonville, said the meeting (budget meeting between the Governor and General Assembly members—my addition) was an eye-opener.

‘We could all see for ourselves how there is no real dialogue. There’s no compromise or give and take.’ Watson said. ‘This is his (the Governor’s—my addition) view: ‘I’m willing to negotiate as long as you agree with my views.’’”

Now, answer me this. If the State of Illinois can’t reach a decision on the State budget with Democrats in total control in the legislature and the executive branch, how do these Congressmen expect the war-torn nation of Iraq to just waltz along and quickly and effectively automatically meet these benchmarks established not in Iraq but in Washington D.C.? It seems to me that there just might be more than one government official (and Congressmen are government officials) who could be called insane! What do you think?


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