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It's Official: The Left Is Out of Ideas
American Thinker ^ | June 03, 2011 | Peter Heck

Posted on 06/03/2011 12:11:19 AM PDT by neverdem

With a little over a year to go until the next national election cycle is complete, it has become apparent that from an economic standpoint, the SS Liberal has officially run out of steam.  Hull weighted down with the barnacles of false promises and rudder crippled by the reckless mismanagement of a spendthrift captain from Chicago, she sits there floundering in a sea of unemployment and malaise not experienced since Jimmy Carter was at the helm.

And despite all the rosy window dressing provided by the beaming ship attendants of the mainstream media, who pretend to be shocked every time another leak opens up, we passengers are fully aware of our surroundings. 

CNBC reports that the private sector job market is still shrinking, with employers announcing over 37,000 more job cuts this month.  That's up nearly 2% since April.  In addition, Forbes reveals that home prices have dropped to their 2002 levels, falling another 4.2% in the first quarter of 2011.  David Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices, released a chilling statement that, "This month's report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip in home prices across much of the nation."

Any rational person hoping that we were righting our economic ship knows the words "double-dip" signify the exact opposite.  Of course, not all numbers are down.

Government statistics show the number of food stamp recipients is at an all time high -- up 39% since Barack Obama took office.  And though things are lean in the private sector, it's never been a better time to be employed by the federal government.  Beyond just salaries soaring to the point where roughly 77,000 federal employees are making more money than state governors, a new study has found there has been a 73% increase in the amount of federally owned limousines to cart our central planning VIPs through the streets of the peasantry.

Along those streets, it's a different story.  Bloomberg reports that as jobless claims jumped another 10,000 last month, "more Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the labor market is struggling to gain momentum." 

With economic numbers like these, it's no wonder that liberal commentators are advising Barack Obama -- the man who got elected as the anti-war president -- to run for re-election on his record as a war commander.  Still, some left-wing economists aren't ready to give up the ship.

Take Paul Krugman, the intrepid little socialist and Nobel laureate who writes for the New York Times.  Faced with the abject failure of the very excessive government spending he has promoted as the solution to our economic woes, Krugman's allegiance to Keynesian Obamanomics nevertheless remains undaunted.  That might be admirable if it wasn't so foolhardy.

His recent column is the best evidence yet that when it comes to stimulating economic recovery, the left is simply out of ideas.  Far from innovative, creative, or progressive, Krugman actually proposes bringing back one of the greatest failures of FDR's New Deal.  He writes, "We could have W.P.A.-type programs putting the unemployed to work doing useful things like repairing roads -- which would also, by raising incomes, make it easier for households to pay down debt."

For those unfamiliar, the Works Progress Administration was a controversial policy of the 1930s to put unemployed people to work doing various construction projects just so the government could give them a paycheck.  Yes, sometimes that meant doing constructive things like building roads and highways.  But more often, it included boondoggles like hiring one group to go out and dig a ditch, while hiring another to come through after them and fill in the ditch.  The object was to put people to work so you could pay them -- the job they were doing was not important. 

Did the WPA work?  Nope.  When FDR initiated it, unemployment was around 20%.  Three years later, unemployment was around 19%.  In the intervening 75 years, most rational people have figured out why it failed.  Government jobs are paid from the general tax revenue that is created and produced only by the private sector.  Thus, a plan like the WPA did nothing to generate prosperity, but rather merely allocated what was already there.  Once the ditch was dug or the road resurfaced, the job disappeared and we were right back to where we started.

Not to mention that such a program cost an enormous amount of money to maintain.  As our private sector continues to shrink under the backward policies of this administration, I'm not sure where Krugman thinks we will find the money to finance more government workers. 

Yet this futility is all that remains in the left's idea bag.  The only thing that is unclear is whether Americans will recognize it. 

As much as we should, the danger comes in the reality that liberals have been rewriting textbooks and ingraining an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist message in the minds of America's youth for decades.  The extent to which they have been successful will be determined by whether our nation decides to chain itself to the deck of this Obama-piloted Titanic, or do the smart thing and abandon ship.

Peter is a public high school government teacher and radio talk show host in central Indiana. Email peter@peterheck.com, visit www.peterheck.com, or like him on Facebook.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arth; theleft

1 posted on 06/03/2011 12:11:25 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Soon as the local schoolo board figures out Peter Heck wrote this article, he’ll be unemployed worked number 37,001.


2 posted on 06/03/2011 12:15:26 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Tired of being seen as idiots, the American people went to the polls in 2008 and removed all doubt.)
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To: neverdem

Peter has been reading my posts. Think that is hyperbole? Read my comments during the past week.
Of course you could read any of 100 other Freepers posts and get the same result.
We are the source.


3 posted on 06/03/2011 12:24:18 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: neverdem

“His recent column is the best evidence yet that when it comes to stimulating economic recovery, the left is simply out of ideas.”

Well, in a sense, there are no workable ideas that “stimulate recovery” in any immediate sense. The bubble/debt economy has been extended for so long that it has to reset with a major deflation before it can turn into a real economy again.

Iceland is an istructive example. They defaulted and went thru a couple of horrible years. But their economy appears to be healed and on a path to sustainable recovery.

But in America today, all paths lead to bad immediate consequences. The progressive’s path will lead to much longer and much more painful consequences.


4 posted on 06/03/2011 12:28:11 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: neverdem

Hell has never had any real ideas.

They just put forth the discarded wrappers of Heaven’s ideas as pretend ideas.


5 posted on 06/03/2011 12:32:12 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: neverdem

Keynesian economics’ is a misnomer. Keynes was a Fabian and the leftist who produced this political theory.


6 posted on 06/03/2011 12:38:18 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: neverdem

The Left is never out of ideas. That is the problem.


7 posted on 06/03/2011 12:39:12 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: bronxville

Keynes At Harvard - a website version...
http://www.keynesatharvard.org/


8 posted on 06/03/2011 12:41:35 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: neverdem
That assessment is incorrect.

The left has another “idea” that they demand is the root of all our problems.

We must tax the rich at much higher levels, they must pay "their fair share" to right our economic problems - just ask them.

That will “stimulate the economy”, pay for all the programs they've enacted and create jobs... They say when the maximum federal income tax rate was 70%+ all was well. It was Reagan and all that tax cutting that caused our current economic condition - again, just ask them.

All I can say is, if they get their way, that may well be the final nail in the coffin.

They are far past reason. Insanity really...

9 posted on 06/03/2011 12:43:18 AM PDT by DB
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To: DB

The Left are too smart to be wrong even when they are.
They are capable of taking this country to places not seen since the 1930’s with all of it’s human suffering! Rush is right when he says they have to be destroyed and never allowed to rule again!


10 posted on 06/03/2011 1:20:12 AM PDT by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: neverdem
Faulty premise in the title.

The Left doesn't run on ideas. It never has. They are into themes.

Have they stopped their 'government is the answer to all problems' theme?

Have they stopped their 'individual liberty must be disallowed' theme?

Have they stopped their 'destroy anyhow/anyway, anyone who opposes them' theme?

etc etc.

11 posted on 06/03/2011 1:23:50 AM PDT by deadrock
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To: neverdem

“This month’s report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip in home prices across much of the nation.”

. . .

How can it be called a “double dip” when home prices never even leveled off or started to tick back up? It’s been a steady dip, dip, dip....


12 posted on 06/03/2011 1:39:33 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Nickname

Also, they are not out of ideas.

There was an article yesterday (or the day before) where the progs over at the NYT were advocating that medical school be “free” so as to increase the number of general practitioners and reduce the numbers of specialists.

I WISH they’d run out of ideas.


13 posted on 06/03/2011 1:42:35 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: neverdem

Things built by the government are not turned over to private citizens, so private citizens gain no wealth from government capital projects such as roads, etc. Citizens can use them, but they personally do not own them, the government does. If the roads, bridges, etc., are not really needed, but could have been undone and life would just go on fine, there is extremely little benefit to the nation as a result of the labor and materials used in a government capital project.

Anyone with a decade or two of real-world business experience instinctively new that the stimulus plans and bailouts were simply debt begin forced on future taxpayers. This debt will not be paid as a separate payment, of course, it will need to be repaid out of tax dollars collected from taxpayers.

IMHO, people who are poor or middle income and who vote Democrat need to learn this. Those who know should work on ways to explain this so they see the light. It’s not really about nObama in particular, but all the Dem party is an enormous lie. Perhaps they will believe and listen a little better if they also hear that RINOs are just as bad.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 2:03:45 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: neverdem

“By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some....There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” (John Maynard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1919.)


15 posted on 06/03/2011 2:09:14 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: neverdem

“For those unfamiliar, the Works Progress Administration was a controversial policy of the 1930s to put unemployed people to work doing various construction projects just so the government could give them a paycheck.”

Not to defend Krugman or FDR, but is giving people money to do absolutely nothing, better ?


16 posted on 06/03/2011 2:33:38 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: neverdem

They may have run out of ideas but the idiots still vote hence Obama and his freakish administration and all the left wing freaks in the House & Senate.


17 posted on 06/03/2011 2:45:32 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

No he won’t. He has been writing local op-eds and runs a radio show. Been doing so for years.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 3:08:09 AM PDT by pas
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To: metmom

Ping. See the concluding paragraph.


19 posted on 06/03/2011 3:12:37 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: neverdem

This guy mentions “malaise”, all well and good. Any one want to talk about the “Misery Index” i.e., Inflation plus (actual) Unemployment? I get 20+4 or 24 And,going up.


20 posted on 06/03/2011 3:55:24 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: neverdem

The left has been out of ideas for decades. They are now in implementation stage. But, alas, the old hippies are dying out, and their time in power has passed. But, they have left their footprint in the lifetime judges sitting on the federal benches. This is the area that needs to be cleaned out if we are to take back the republic. The house controls the judical branch, and has the power to bring up articles of impeachment. We need to take the senate in order for this cleanout to begin (and hold the house)....


21 posted on 06/03/2011 4:20:46 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: ModelBreaker

All the ideas of the left as well as the deep thought behind the WPA are covered in the following scene from “Cool Hand Luke”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkI9csyCZhs


22 posted on 06/03/2011 5:40:04 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: ModelBreaker

All the ideas of the left as well as the deep thought behind the WPA are covered in the following scene from “Cool Hand Luke”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkI9csyCZhs


23 posted on 06/03/2011 5:40:12 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: Nickname

Who put the dip in the dipty dipty dip? Obama lama ding dong, of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfEnFeECg9U


24 posted on 06/03/2011 5:44:18 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: neverdem

sfl


25 posted on 06/03/2011 6:01:38 AM PDT by phockthis
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To: neverdem

The left is never out of ideas, as it’s always the same idea. Hate, tax and redistribute money from real Americans.


26 posted on 06/03/2011 6:04:35 AM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: neverdem; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...
Great comment here at the end of the thread.

"As much as we should, the danger comes in the reality that liberals have been rewriting textbooks and ingraining an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist message in the minds of America's youth for decades. The extent to which they have been successful will be determined by whether our nation decides to chain itself to the deck of this Obama-piloted Titanic, or do the smart thing and abandon ship."

We, as homeschoolers, are helping stem the tide as our children are not subject to this kind of brainwashing. It should be very interesting to see in the next couple decades, what the political and economic landscape will look like as homeschoolers are entering adulthood and now entering the workforce and political arena.

27 posted on 06/03/2011 6:07:38 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

You might want to ping your list on this one -

I was at a homeschool conference and checking out some of the display books in the “Sonlight” booth.

They had a book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong “ on display. Curious, I flipped through it. Chapter after chapter of the ills of America, the evil of the [white] founders, pro-labor and communist apologetic screeds, etc.

I looked on the back - favorable reviews from the LA Times and none other than HOWARD ZINN (author of “A people’s history of the United States”, another communist apologetic “textbook” that is dominant in American colleges).

My “watchman on the wall” came forth and I had to talk to the “booth people”. They defended their sale of the book as it was intended for high school, and they provided teacher guides, and that they wanted to present “both sides”. What?! “Both sides”? Communist apologetics?


28 posted on 06/03/2011 6:16:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: metmom

The biggest problem we have is when those kids go to college. I’ve seen many a homeschooler turn slide left after 4 years of that.


29 posted on 06/03/2011 6:34:34 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Birther noobie - Wouldn't ya like to be called this too?)
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To: netmilsmom

I don’t doubt that has happened, but I think that we’re still ahead of the game. Not all homeschoolers will do that and homeschoolers are generally more literate and more motivated and will likely rise through the ranks in the workplace faster for it.

Even if these homeschool kids veer off for a time, I would think that chances are much greater that they’ll come around eventually, when reality sets in again.


30 posted on 06/03/2011 6:45:01 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: MrB

That is unconscionable.


31 posted on 06/03/2011 6:45:42 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: MrB; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

Ping to post 28 by Mr B.


32 posted on 06/03/2011 6:47:12 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I think you may be right.
Once they get into the real world, the influence of the professors is gone.

We are still an experiment, aren’t we?

I have my girls studying economic from the Austrian School. They have a great kids program, starting with the penny candy book.


33 posted on 06/03/2011 6:48:55 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Birther noobie - Wouldn't ya like to be called this too?)
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To: screaminsunshine

The left has only ONE idea,

and that is the establishment of global communism.

They have this set as the ideal utopia in their mindset,
so ANYTHING is justified in attaining that goal.

Read “You can still trust communists to be Communists Socialists, Statists, and Progressives Too”. It’s an eye opener.


34 posted on 06/03/2011 6:58:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: netmilsmom

One book that was a huge help for me in organizing my thoughts on economic theory (so that I might teach it better to my kids) was Sowell’s “Basic Economics”. I tell you, the light bulbs over my head kept popping all throughout the book.

To this day, this is one of my favorite books by Sowell.
The other is “Conflict of Visions”.


35 posted on 06/03/2011 7:01:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: netmilsmom

Time will tell.

My kids are still in college and still as hardcore conservative as ever. They will be entering the workforce within the next three years.

But they are very literate and motivated and have integrity. They understand the responsibility of showing up for work on time and putting in a full day’s work for their pay.

There’s three so far.


36 posted on 06/03/2011 7:04:56 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: MrB

They wanted to present both sides?

Here’s the other side:
http://patriotshop.us/product_info.php?cPath=75&products_id=680


37 posted on 06/03/2011 7:09:02 AM PDT by glock rocks (Crouch as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands.)
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To: neverdem; All

38 posted on 06/03/2011 7:21:58 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: MrB

“Both sides”... so they want to present both the truth and the lies and let kids and parents figure it out?

I don’t mind teaching my kids what kind of lies they can expect to hear and providing them with the truth to counter those lies, but I’m certainly not going to feed them the propoganda.


39 posted on 06/03/2011 9:59:59 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

I teach my kids ABOUT worldly viewpoints,
but I don’t TEACH my kids worldly viewpoints.

“Here’s what some/others believe, and this is what’s wrong with it.”

But this book was shown simply as a textbook on history.


40 posted on 06/03/2011 10:05:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
I teach my kids ABOUT worldly viewpoints,
but I don’t TEACH my kids worldly viewpoints.


Exactly.
41 posted on 06/03/2011 10:25:21 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: bronxville

This is a fantastic book. One of the most enlightening I have ever read to explain what has been going on here in the “free” world for the last 100 years.


42 posted on 06/03/2011 10:44:38 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: neverdem
"We could have W.P.A.-type programs putting the unemployed to work doing useful things like repairing roads --

Paul Krugman, demonstrating his economic illiteracy. We have such a program--it's called porkulus. And around here in Ohio we are enjoying the spectacle of road crews slapping down thin, maybe two inch layers of blacktop on perfectly good highways.

Meanwhile, Cleveland struggles to fund a total rebuild of its water and sewage system--to meet new EPA standards for Lake Erie, and the feds refused to let it use the 400 million they wanted to waste on a riderless ghost train to Cincinnati. That would have covered the costs of a new water system just about right--but instead it will be squandered on ghost railroad tracks(no trains) in California.

Just one small example of the brilliance of the obamanoids.

43 posted on 06/03/2011 12:40:06 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: PLMerite
The WPA and CCC were very good for the persons involved, which is why they are considered to have been successful parts of the New Deal, but did nothing to stimulate the economic recovery as a whole--which is usually overlooked.
44 posted on 06/03/2011 12:45:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: MrB

Was this at a Christian home school conference? If you are a believer, then maybe attend a conference next time supported by your state home school group.

There was a big uproar at a local home school conference this year in my area. Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) was banned FOR LIFE from the conference because he objected to some of the curriculum being sold. From now on, my family will not be attending the aforementioned conference and will check out WHO will be presenting/selling at future home school conferences we attend.


45 posted on 06/03/2011 7:35:59 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Reddy

Yes, it was a Christian homeschool conference.
One of their defenses for having the book was that it didn’t claim to be a Christian book and offered a different viewpoint.


46 posted on 06/04/2011 4:35:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Reddy

And good for you for no longer attending that conference.
Come out and be ye separate.

We’re fast approaching a time of great apostasy.


47 posted on 06/04/2011 4:37:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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