Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Opus 2016-29: The Nadir of the Year

April 15 is coming.  The date reminds me of why I am not a liberal.

April 15, in case you don’t file, is the yearly deadline for submitting your federal income taxes.  If you have any kind of job and have had taxes withheld, you will be getting all kinds of forms in the mail to be included with your report to the government.  This year there is a new one.  We got it from our health insurance people.  You now need to file proving that you have health insurance.  If you don’t there will be fines and penalties that are worse than last year.

We have a professional do our taxes.  It costs us several hundred dollars and every penny is worth it.  Just the revisions on the tax code each year could fill a shelf.  I am an honest person and would not try to cheat on my taxes.  The problem is that you don’t need to be guilty of anything to be dragged in and held up against a wall.  All you need is an IRS agent having a bad day.  What our tax man keeps telling us it to do nothing that would raise a red flag.

I am more afraid of greedy, big government than I am of greedy, big business.  I am even more afraid of fascism, which is sometimes called crony capitalism.  That is when the two get in bed with each other.  A good example of that is Donald Trump bragging about how he has given money to both sides.  He openly admits he is buying them to get what he wants.  If he becomes president of the United States he can begin selling instead of buying.

That is where we are today.

homo unius libri


  1. The ones who've already been president have done it. Maybe we'd get a little "trickle down" economic boost with Trump.

    1. I wonder if we could clone Calvin Coolidge.

      Grace and peace.


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