Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, November 30, 2017
It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.
The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. But as the bill has been rushed through Congress with scant debate, its far broader ramifications have come into focus, revealing a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care.
Some of this re-engineering is straight out of the traditional Republican playbook. Corporate taxes, along with those on wealthy Americans, would be slashed on the presumption that when people in penthouses get relief, the benefits flow down to basement tenements.
With a potentially far-reaching dimension, elements in both the House and Senate bills could constrain the ability of states and local governments to levy their own taxes, pressuring them to limit spending on health care, education, public transportation and social services. In their longstanding battle to shrink government, Republicans have found in the tax bill a vehicle to broaden the fight beyond Washington.
The result is a behemoth piece of legislation that could widen American economic inequality while diminishing the power of local communities to marshal relief for vulnerable people — especially in high-tax states like California and New York, which, not coincidentally, tend to vote Democratic.
Readings from Proverbs for Thursday, November 30, 2017
One of my good friends was invited from the bright sunlight to join some friends in a bar. When he entered the bar, the contrast was so profound that he couldn’t see for a few minutes. Once his eyes adjusted to the dark, he was able to navigate the environment of the bar.
My friend lived many years of his life in darkness before experiencing God’s profound love. His experience in the bar was eye-opening. He realized the truth of Proverb’s wisdom. Living an evil, broken life was profound darkness. Living in the love and joy of Jesus Christ was pure light for my friend.
Proverbs 4.18-19 – The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
Prayers for Thursday, November 30, 2017
Dear God, please help us to always walk in the full light of your righteousness.