The Most Depressing Thing You’ll Read All Day

The problem with this election is not that our only choices are Romney or Obama. The problem with this election is that some people believe that one of these two men are the answer to our problems.

Assuming this thing is settled tomorrow night, half the country will wake up Wednesday morning happy that “the right man” was elected.  Half the country will wake up despondent because “the right man” wasn’t elected.  Which half is correct?

It is my position that the people who think the right man got elected are fooling themselves.  Neither of these guys has the power to fix this country.  I don’t know if either has the will or the drive to do so, but they don’t have the power.  That’s because our country’s problems cannot be fixed by government.  THAT is something that Ronald Reagan taught us.  I always laugh when a candidate tells me he is like Ronald Reagan, and he’s going to fix my problems, because Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Reagan also said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.”

On Wednesday morning, no matter who gets elected, we will wake up with a one trillion dollar deficit (meaning we are spending a trillion dollars a year MORE than what we make), and a 16 trillion dollar debt.  In 2011 our government had revenue of 2.3 trillion dollars.  Our expenses for that same year totaled 3.6 trillion dollars. This is like a family of four that makes fifty thousand dollars a year, spends 82 thousand dollars a year, and has outstanding debt of 350 thousand dollars.  And that debt is growing by 32 thousand every year.  This is unsustainable.

So I pity whoever wakes up on Wednesday morning as the new President-elect (or reelected President), and I pity equally whoever wakes up thinking they will be able to solve our problems.  Because I truly believe it’s just a matter of time for our country.  I am thankful that I was born in the United States of America, and I am still hopeful, that, should Jesus not return by then, I will be able to tell my grandchildren what it was like living in a free society.  I am thankful that I have a wife and children who love me and a God who cares for me and has a plan for my life.  But I do not put my faith in politicians, and neither should you.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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