Inviting the Illegal Aliens

At Sand in the Gears, Tony first opined that enforcing immigration laws is not a Christian thing to do. After taking some heat for that statement, he addressed their comments and challenged Christians to rethink their position on illegal immigration. On his latter post I took the position that although I agreed with his sentiment, I disagreed with his conclusion.

Christians have a fundamental calling, and that is to find our lost brothers and sisters. We will not conquer this world for Jesus, and frankly, he doesn’t need our help. We will not stop gay marriage and institute a God-approved (the Republican version, of course) tax rate. We will not keep people from philandering, gambling, masturbating, and wearing clothes that fit too tight, and if you think Christ wants you to fix these problems, then you are dreadfully, soul-shakingly mistaken.

“Tend my lambs.” Not “stop people from being naughty.” No “get the government off the back of the small businessman.” Not a hint of “protect gun rights and the death penalty.”

And certainly not “keep out the immigrants.”

Tony’s chief concern seems to be – and I don’t mean to put words in his mouth, so go read him for yourself – that the illegal immigration problem is not clearly a Christian problem, so Christ should not be invoked when taking a position on the issue. Instead, Christ was far more likely to tend to the aliens needs than close the gates and keep the aliens out.

Can’t argue with that logic, yet I still think our borders ought to be better patrolled, for many reasons: safety, overloading our healthcare systems, loss of jobs, etc. I think it’s because if we as a society give free welfare to illegal immigrants, it a) does nothing to share the gospel of Christ to those that are breaking the law, and b) denies the individual the ability to determine how his funds are to be spent on the needy.

What do you think?

American Jobs Creation Act

Good news for American taxpayers and small business owners!. The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 passed yesterday.

As a Texan, I like it because it just put 1000 bucks or so back in my pocket. See, in states that have an income tax, those people can deduct the state income tax off of their federal tax. Texans don’t have an income tax, we have higher sales taxes instead. Now Texans can deduct that off of our taxes. You can either save all of your receipts (yuck) or there’s a new table that just assumes how much you spent, and then you can just save your receipts for big items like a car or a boat (yay).

The bill also cuts taxes on manufacturing plants by 9%. You know, to spur growth, increase manufacturing jobs, makes US manufacturing more competitive overseas, etc. Tax incentives are in there for small businesses, too. Go Bush!

John Kerry and John Edwards didn’t bother showing up to vote.

Yet Another Reason to Vote Republican

The Drudge Report says that Republicans will push for the elimination of the IRS at the RNC Convention.

A domestic centerpiece of the Bush/GOP agenda for a second Bush term is getting rid of the Internal Revenue Service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Ah, now there’s a dream come true. I spend at least 2 days doing my own taxes every year, and I dread it every time. When I ran a small business, I had to guess at what the tax code meant, and my business wasn’t even a complicated one. When I was overseas, I finally had to break down and hire a tax attorney because it was so complicated. Last year, I helped my maid and her neighbor with their tax return – even the EZ form was complex for them.

Now multiply that by 350 million Americans.

The biggest impact we’d see is the cost of many things would go up 20% or so because of the sales tax. Offsetting that would be the complete elimination of the income tax and the bizarre complicated forms.

“I do not whine for lower taxes. I do not petition for more tax breaks, I ask only for instructions an ordinary Ph.D. in economics can follow.”
— Alan S. Blinder, Ph.D. Economics

If this is true, it’s one more reason to vote for Bush this November. All Kerry will be able to do is a) oppose it or b) complain Bush didn’t do it fast enough.