Oct
26
2006
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Gross irresponsibility in Iraq

I can’t believe all the money we’re wasting in Iraq! Defense spending is up 40% since President Bush took office, and in the fiscal year just ended the total defense tab came to around $528 billion!

Incredible, huh?

Well, yes. It is incredible, but not for the reason I’ve just implied. The reason it is incredible is that it is so LOW.

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece today, the editors note that the U.S. now spends about 4% of the GDP on defense. During WWII it peaked at over 35%, the Vietnam war saw nearly 10% of the GDP being spent on defense, and during the Reagan years we saw 6.2% spending. The Clinton administration drew it down considerably more. Obviously, that trend couldn’t continue indefinitely unless we figured out some way for defense to pay us!

At any rate, the article is a good read. In case you don’t bother to go read it (or wait until it is closed to the general public), here is a chart from the article that is quite interesting.

WSJ chart

WSJ chart

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, my title and opening paragraph are not to be taken seriously. Certainly we have wasted a great deal of money in Iraq through corruption and inefficiency. What operation on that scale could be free of those two flaws? Certainly our strategy has been deficient in many areas (hindsight is 20/20, right?). But the chart above and the article go a long way toward putting it all into perspective. Perhaps our failure has not been spending too *much,* but too *little.*

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Oct
26
2006
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Baby? She must mean fetus.

London’s Daily Mail reports yesterday that Addenbrooke’s Hospital is now incinerating aborted babies in the same incinerator in which they burn trash and waste of all kinds.

I think that’s despicable, of course, but seems pretty insignificant compared to the abortion itself. So, the news of the new means of disposal doesn’t really shock me. What does are all the outraged, uh, customers. See sample below:

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Oct
06
2006
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Christianity, Culture, and Adolescence

The NY Times reports today that evangelical teenagers are "abandoning the faith in droves." Interestingly, evangelical youth leader and founder of "Teen Mania" Ron Luce believes the answer lies in working harder or using better methods. Says Luce, "We’ve been working as hard as we know how to work — everyone in youth ministry is working hard — but we’re losing.”

I've not read any studies about the number of professing evangelical teenagers, but based on antecdotal evidence I can see why some are concerned. The question is, why? Why the decline?

To answer that question, I pose another: What has changed? The Times reports that the WWII generation boasted 65% evangelical Christianity. That declined to 35% of baby boomers who claimed that title, and the Times projects that only 4% of the next generation will do so. So, what has changed?

We know that the Gospel has NOT changed.

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