On the eve of the biggest storm to hit the eastern seaboard of the United States in 100 years, Bill Clinton was delivering a speech revving up Democrat zombies for Senate candidate Chris Murphy of Connecticut:
“On the eve of a hurricane-induced break in the political season, Bill Clinton gave Democrats a 30-minute pep talk Sunday, framing U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s race for U.S. Senate as an election of national interest.”
“‘We’re coming down to the 11th hour. We’re facing a violent storm,’ Clinton said. He waited a beat, then added, ‘It’s nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election.’”
We’ve been in a four-year economic tsunami, and all Bill Clinton could say is, “We’re moving in the right direction.” I never knew that going over a fiscal cliff was the right direction.
On October 18, Clinton said the following to a crowd in Parma, Ohio: “It’s very simple, we’re not where we ought to be, middle class incomes are not yet rising but we are gaining jobs, and the last thing we should do is return to a strategy that got us in trouble in the first place, cut taxes on upper income people and de-regulate the economy.”
It wasn’t tax cuts and deregulation that got us into this mess; it was the government’s manipulation of the economy by forcing lenders to loan money to people who could not afford to pay it back and used government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to back up the defaults. It looked like a win-win for the lending institutions until interest rates started to rise and the economy slowed.
So what was Mitt Romney doing while the Obama Desperation Team was out politicking?
“The Romney campaign has canceled campaign events, commercials, and fundraising appeals in states that will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and is instead using a campaign bus to help deliver supplies to those who will be impacted by what forecasters are predicting may be a ‘storm of the century.’”
Romney was first on the scene when hurricane Isaac hit. Offering relief is not a campaign ploy for Romney. Say what you will about the Mormons, but they are one our nation’s largest non-governmental relief agencies. There’s a lot to disagree with when it comes to Mormon theology, but they get the theology of Acts 10:38 right when they follow the example of Jesus “who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed.”
“LDS Humanitarian Services was created to coordinate these efforts in partnership with government and other nonprofit agencies around the world. The top humanitarian initiatives include clean water, vision treatment, wheelchair provision, neonatal resuscitation, and disaster relief. Other initiatives include immunizations, family enrichment programs, and family food production. In 2008, LDS Humanitarian Services provided aid to 3.3 million people in 122 countries, and since 1985 help has been given to 23 million people in 163 nations.”
Of course, Mormons aren’t the only religious group that is involved in helping people in need – from the Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse to Operation Blessing and The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and so many more.