Christianity Thomas on 14 Jan 2010 01:21 am
Sarah Palin talks about her relationship with “God”:
There is nothing more important in my life than my relationship with God and my faith and in this past year especially — past year and a half — I have been so driven to my knees to pray for His guidance, for His wisdom, for His grace and for His Strength. And I’m never going to tell anybody else how to live, I’m never going to preach to anybody else and tell them you must do that. But I sure would like to see more Americans give it a try and seek the guidance that our Founding Fathers sought and were able to [then] craft documents that allowed America to become the greatest, strongest, healthiest, most prosperous nation on earth.
If Sarah Palin has an omniscient God’s guidance, why is she so stupid? Should not her omniscient benefactor fill her with wisdom and truth so that each word from her mouth leaves listeners dumbfounded by her brilliance? Should she not have the right and transcendent answer to every question, and an outstanding solution to every problem?
She is also woefully misinformed – America is not the “healthiest, most prosperous nation on earth”. Anyone who can read statistics knows that. America’s infant mortality rate is 3 times higher than Japan’s. The U.S. poverty rate is an embarrassment:
Another Brookings study released earlier in the year estimated that the national child poverty rate could climb as high as 25 percent, or one in four, by 2012.
“Such predictions are sobering,” Isaacs concludes, “since child poverty rates were higher in the United States than in most other rich nations even before the onset of the recession.” Isaacs was referring to a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) report that found the US next to last—ahead of only the United Kingdom—in a ranking of child well-being, falling behind countries such as Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and Greece.
There had already been a dramatic increase in poverty among US children even prior to the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. This is confirmed by a new report, “Kids Count,” on living conditions among children in Michigan, once one of the wealthier US states.
The report, compiled by the Michigan League of Human Services (MLHS), includes data up until 2007 and 2008. Among other findings, it shows that in 2008 more than 40 percent of Michigan public school children came from families whose income was low enough to qualify them for reduced-cost federal lunches, an increase from 30.7 percent just seven years earlier.