By Bryan Fischer
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"It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper fit
for him" (Genesis 2:19). Marriage was designed by God at ground level to
meet our need for companionship. God's fundamental plan to alleviate our
loneliness is marriage.
More empirical evidence which supports the
Bible's claim emerges every day. The latest is research that conclusively
reveals that married cancer patients do better than unmarried patients.
very next day the Journal of Clinical Oncology released a study offering more than anecdotal evidence that
marriage is good for cancer patients.
for demographic factors such as age, race, education and household income,
researchers who analyzed records of more than 730,000 cancer patients found
that married patients did significantly
better than single people.
They lived longer, received better treatment and were more likely to be
diagnosed before metastatic cancers developed.
and social science confirms it. Of course, the Bible has only been saying that
for 3500 years.
Yes, Virginia, the House can defund
ObamaCare all by itself
Republicans, eagerly looking for some way to run up the white flag of surrender
on ObamaCare, are trying to convince a gullible American public that there
really isn't anything they can do to defund ObamaCare unless Harry Reid and
Barack Obama go along with them. Well, good luck with that.
for weak-kneed GOPers, we know better because we can read the Constitution. It
clearly states that every appropriations bill must begin on the House. This
means that unless the House appropriates money, no money can be spent on
ObamaCare or anything else, no matter what the senate or the president think
by Andy McCarthy at NRO demolishes the cherished fig-leaf of
testosterone-challenged House GOPers who say that, really, there is nothing we
one of the theories that have the country careening toward economic suicide,
old Washington hands counter that the House may not cut off Obamacare funding
because it is “mandatory” spending. That is, they argue that under decades-old
federal budget legislation — somehow invoked without embarrassment by elected
officials who go years without honoring the legislation’s mandate to pass a
budget — Congress has no discretion to withhold entitlement spending (such as
Social Security, Medicare, and now Obamacare). The spending, they say, is
required by the authorizing legislation itself; it does not require any
separate appropriation and can be reversed only by a separate, repealing act of
Congress — passed by both houses and signed by the president. In essence, they
claim that by passing Obamacare three years ago, the House has already
originated the funding in today’s continuing resolution.
contention fails for several reasons. To begin with, it should be obvious
enough that the so-called “Affordable” Care Act that authorized Obamacare is
not self-executing. Washington can call it “mandatory,” but if new spending
approval were unnecessary, we would not be at a stalemate now. As the Heritage
Foundation points out, supposedly mandatory spending is routinely
withheld in the
appropriations process, and key elements of Obamacare (such as the insurance
exchanges, as Hans von Spakovsky explains) are not even deemed mandatory. More to the
point, as I have argued and as Heritage documents, President Obama himself has defunded
purportedly “mandatory” elements of Obamacare — in the absence of any
legislative authority whatsoever. In the Beltway’s upside-down world, the House
of Representatives is apparently the only part of government prohibited from
And no Congress
can bind the hands of a future Congress. That's why laws are repealed every
year (think "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" here) and why appropriations
change every year. For example, the House is reducing funding for food stamps
this year, even though it is a "mandatory" program just like
ObamaCare. None of the Democrats, while vociferously saying the House should
not do it, are saying that the House cannot do it.
The legislation at issue is a continuing resolution for funding the
government, not expunging Obamacare. Refusing to include Obamacare in that
funding would not remove Obamacare’s statutory validity. It is black-letter law
that a prior Congress cannot bind the present Congress, and a statute cannot
supersede the Constitution. Prior law’s designation of Obamacare spending as
“mandatory” cannot compel the current Congress to fund it as part of
continuing-resolution legislation, nor does it alter the Constitution’s command
that all spending in that continuing resolution must originate in the House.
Bottom line: if
the House wishes to defund ObamaCare, it can do so, and it doesn't matter what
Congress did in 2010 or any other year.
UN report on global warming: "It's not
science - It's mumbo-jumbo"
Telegraph carries a piece today by Lord Lawson, now
chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, on the latest global warming
pap being distributed by the United Nations. Lawson reminds us all that there
has been no global warming for more than 15 years. The more accurate figure is
17 years, which means quite simply that no child on the face of the globe has
ever experienced global warming.
In fact, if one
begins counting in 2001, we are in the middle of a global cooling trend that
many scientists believe could last for decades due to decreased solar activity.
is, however, one uncomfortable fact that the new report has been – very
reluctantly – obliged to come to terms with. That is that global warming
appears to have ceased: there has been no increase in officially recorded
global mean temperature for the past 15 years. This is brushed aside as a
temporary blip, and they suggest that the warming may still have happened, but instead
of happening on the Earth’s surface it may have occurred for the time being in
the (very cold) ocean depths – of which, incidentally, there is no serious
CO2 is the
demon gas of environmentalists. However, it is not pollution, no matter what
the nattering nabobs of negativism say. It is the gas of life, and responsible
for every bit of plant growth in the entire world. The more CO2, the more
productive growing things are. In other words, CO2 is our friend, not our
enemy, and anybody who tries to tell you different is lying to you.
passing, it is worth observing that what these so-called green groups, and far
too many of the commentators who follow them, wrongly describe as 'pollution’
is, in fact, the ultimate in green: namely, carbon dioxide – a colourless and
odourless gas, which promotes plant life and vegetation of all kinds; indeed,
they could not survive without it. It is an established scientific fact that,
over the past 20 years, the earth has become greener, largely thanks to
increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.
This latest UN global warming scare report can safely be ignored, like all the
ones which have come before it.
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expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
American Family Association or American Family Radio.)