Nice wordplay btw, Auntie!
Ever since Mitt Romney’s opponents for the GOP presidential nomination started painting him as a ruthless corporate raider and vulture capitalist for his actions as CEO of the private-equity firm, Bain Capital, the Romney camp has been scrambling to spin that unsavory yarn into wholesome cloth. This morning, Fox and Friends hosted Thomas Stemberg, founder and former CEO of Staples (and originator of the idea of Romneycare, but you won’t hear that on Fox) for some classic Fox News Republican rehab.
Oh wait. Republicans. Ethics. Never mind.
Hannity: “Splutter splutter splutter.”
In case you don’t understand Priscilla’s response, let me simplify it for you:
Taking responsibility for the lyrics does NOT mean that Kid Pan Alley wrote them.
“Kid Pan Alley founder Paul Reiser has taken full responsibility for the song âPart of the 99,â written and performed by third-graders at Woodbrook Elementary in October.”
Now, would you like to retract your comment, or just leave it as is, as a monument to your apparent reading comprehension problem?
The Tea Party and Catholic Social Teaching Donât Mix
Some excerpts: - Catholics are encouraged to put moral principles before partisanship, and the U.S. bishopsâ document âForming Consciences for Faithful Citizenshipâ has emphasized a broad range of issues for Catholics to consider before voting. The bishops warn against efforts âto reduce Catholic moral concerns to one or two matters, or to justify choices simply to advance partisan, ideological or personal interests.â
- Catholic Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers will all find aspects of Church teaching that challenge their political views in discomforting ways. However, the Tea Partyâs anti-government rhetoric and emphasis on individualism chafes against Catholic notions of solidarity and a vision for economic justice that seeks to balance personal rights with social responsibilities.
- The principles of just taxation encouraged by the Catholic social tradition are rooted in a positive vision for government and a healthy skepticism of unbridled markets. The radical individualism and anti-government ideology espoused by the Tea Party simply donât fit with Catholic communitarian values and Gospel commands to care for our neighbors, especially the poor and vulnerable.
- Church officials are unlikely to show up at a rally any time soon, but if they do, itâs safe to say youâre more likely to find Pope Benedict XVI standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protestors than Tea Party activists.
And as far as the “war on Christmas”, real or imagined, from what I’ve seen and experienced the only people who really take part in that are the self-righteous and insecure – on both the religious and anti-religious/anti-god sides.
I know plenty of atheists and religious non-christians who are happy to do the Christmas season thing in their own way, and plenty of Christians who are fine with “Happy Holidays” and avidly support separation of church and state. So there is no clearly defined “battle” except in the minds of a few, and it certainly is not as HUUUUUGE as Fox Noise makes it out to be.
As far as the science vs religion thing, there’s another phoney war for ya. They are only incompatible if you talk about fundamentalist religion vs dogmatic or “strong” scientism.
People on both sides of this phoney divide need to get a life.
Disclaimer: these opinions are my own. I speak for myself in this comment and not for NewsHounds.