Friday, October 14, 2011

What Is A Picture Worth?

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We have said it before and likely will again...because it is true.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Each day we receive email messages from people here in the Northwest and from around the country. I want to share two messages I received this week.

Each is a single picture. One with numbers. One with a single image. Both with a message worth a thousand words.

Have a great weekend.

And, from Lila Rose:

God bless and protect the children. Born and unborn.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.


  1. Clearly @ $38,000 a year, the family's problem isn't too much spending - it would be very difficult for a family to live on that amount in large parts of the country. The problem is that the family has insufficient income, or if are continue with analogy, Dad is making over $100K a year, but feels that devoting more than 30% of his total income to the common good, is communism or socialism, or maybe fascism - he can't remember what the last shouting head on Faux News said it was - but it's bad. So, rather than use his hard earned income to support those no good loafing kids, he's stashed it in an off-shore account - well what he hasn't blown on hookers, blow and fancy cars.

  2. Ha funny picture.

    Of course the credit rating was downgraded because of the Republicans playing chicken with the debt ceiling limit as per Standards & Poor themselves.

    But then why let the truth stand in the way of a 'good' feeling, eh?

  3. Sure, S&P is concerned about the debt. But the biggest factor in the downgrade was the refusal to employ revenue increases (taxes) and the willingness to actually go into default to make a political statement. That little game the republicans played scared the heck out S&P and the rest of the rational world.

    The following is directly from the S&P report:

    ..the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned..

    ..we have changed our view of the difficulties in bridging the gulf between the political parties over fiscal policy..

    ..the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling ..

    ..reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process..

    ..The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America's governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy.

    ..We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues..

    These are S&P's words, not mine.

    What S&P didn't discuss is pathetic reason for this financial malfeasance. The republicans are doing everything they can to keep our economy bad to defeat Obama. How patriotic!

    Mark in Tigard

  4. Gents - That obvious detail and rational will all be lost on Mr. Gary. I would like to say that he is only in it for the $$$ and will corrupt anything to get it. HOWEVER, I don't believe that - I believe that he is so wed to his corrupt extremist right wing ideology that all rational and facts are completely irrelevant and that he will throw out whatever his ideology is telling him regardless of the truth. Sorry to say - this is exactly the OPPOSITE (anti-) of Jesus Christ.

  5. Anyone who actually reads S&P's explanation for the downgrades will understand that it was caused more by the republican game playing than by the deficit itself.

    Unfortunately, fox news and all of right wing talk radio doesn't present it factually. It's an example of why studies have proven that regular fox news viewers are seriously misinformed. However they are misinformed in a manner that supports their core beliefs, so they just don't care.

  6. These are interesting statistics. Of course, if we are going to bring everything down to the scale of a family household, we should also do the same for the size of the family. In the case of the United States, the family household would have 30 members. It is unlikely that you could support a family of 30 on 38,000 per year. These stats make the case for higher taxes, and thus, greater income to run the household. It seems that when taxes were higher in the 90s, we were able to erase our deficits and start paying down our debt.

  7. It seems our public schools have done an excellent job of indoctrination. Let's take what we need from the rich to pay for our altruistic agenda and our place at the public trough.(2nd plank of the communist manifesto)

  8. It is the democrats that have spent us into our financial crisis. I cannot believe how many of them just cannot get the truth that you cannot spend your way out of debt. Instead they blame those who are trying to stop the mindless spending and get our nation on sound financial ground. The quicksand of spending beyond our income will sink us all into a pit from which we will never be able to spend our way out. Bud in Lynnwood

  9. Bid, you don't understand how this works. The only way to get out of a recession is for someone to spend money. Traditionally the government has done this buy paying the poor to work; either through work projects, wars, etc. Then big business is supposed to step in and start hiring - its a lift yourself by your bootstraps solution that has always worked.

    But not this time. Why? Because the businesses we stopped from collapse by our stabilizing the financial sector are just firing people and holding on to their cash to the tune of 2 trillion dollars.

    A recession can't end if there is no money being spent. We saved them and it is there obligation to save us. They need to start hiring so money gets in the hands of those who need it - it will get spent the business will do more business and the recession will end.

    You and I saved these big businesses it's their turn to help their saviors.

  10. Bud, pay attention now, it is Standard & Poor's, the people who downgraded us, who say we need to increase revenue (taxes) and act with certainty to meet our obligations. They certainly are not democrats.

  11. It is you guys that do not get it. S&P reacts like the credit card companies do. If you cannot pay your bills from your income never mind cutting your spending just put more on you credit card to cover your bills. What they do not want you to realize is that sooner or later you will have built your debt to the point it will be impossible to repay. That is where the democrats are leading us. The best solution for people who cannot control their credit card spending is to cut up the cards and never use a credit card again. Will they have to make drastic changes in their lifestyle? Certainly! Your problem is that you cannot see what is happening. Is it better for our country to go through some difficult times because of "belt tightening" or watch the countries from whom we have borrowed call in their loans and our whole financial system fail. I know it is hard for you big spenders to face the facts but here they are.
    Bud in Lynnwood

  12. Bud, read the S&P report. Gary's cartoon alleged that the downgrade was all about debt. We proved otherwise. It's in the report.

    Plus, if you're really worried about our creditors calling our debt, telling them we might not honor our debts doesn't really instill confidence in them or rating agencies like S&P. It's in the S&P report, read it, please.


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