Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Looking for Deeds not Words

Oklahoma's Governor gave her "State of the State" speech yesterday and revealed her agenda to cut the state income tax rate from 5.25% to 5.0% in this legislative session. The Oklahoma Policy Institute says this will deprive "schools, public safety, and core state services" that have already been decimated by budget cuts of another "$106 million dollars." Nor does this budget cut offer any hope of better health care for the 150-200 thousand Oklahomans who are unable to afford health insurance. Last year the Governor refused $54 million dollars from the federal government to fund a health care exchange. This year the Governor continues to refuse $1.63-3.6 billion dollars in federal money to expand medicaid because she says the state will not be able to afford to contribute $16-22 million dollars a year to fund medicaid from 2017 to 2020. It's fairly clear to me that the Governor is more interested in fulfilling her pledge to eliminate the state income tax than she is in providing adequate medical care for impoverished Oklahomans.

The Governor is not alone in her hardheartedness toward the poor and sick. Oklahoma's state legislature is filled with elected representatives who are keen on publicly professing their faith in Christ from the floor of the state legislature while promoting an unconscionable social-darwinist legislative agenda.

I'm on my way to the State Capitol this morning to attend a rally to encourage the Governor and our state legislators to come to their senses and implement Obamacare in our state. The organizers are bringing an all-star cast of spokespersons from the healthcare industry, from charitable agencies, and from churches to speak on this issue. I do not expect to speak, but if I were to have an opportunity to speak, this is as much and as little as I would have to say:

The Apostle John has a message for people who promote tax cuts for the well-to-do while turning a blind eye to the suffering of the poor and needy:

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ( I John 3:17-18 NIV)

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