Culture


Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

 

Bible Budgets

Joel Mitchell


Public budgets in the United States of America are decided using religious convictions. Bible budgets appropriate taxpayer monies to perpetuate religious based programs and services. Recently some expenditures included earmarks for projects related to AIDS and the environment to satisfy interest groups composed of homosexuals, nonwhites, and “dirty hippies.” Appeasing a few marginal demands, is a small expense compared with the $2.8 billion annual “No-Bid” contract given to KBR to keep Muslims in Iraq under America's Christian control.
           
Legislators deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars have to satisfy their closest constituents first. Constituents are those special interest groups that donate money to legislator's campaigns. Moreover, the largest taxpayers in a community also have the power to influence budget decisions through lobbying. When hedonistic homosexuals in some urban America cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City were dying of AIDS, the homophobic heterosexual legislators did not immediately appropriate funding for research, education, and prevention. From the bible budget perspective, homosexuality is promiscuously sinful behavior that does not result in procreation. Gay men were making a choice with their abominable behavior that went against the religious beliefs of legislators making budget decisions. To stop a horrifying public emergency, $30 million taxpayer dollars were eventually appropriated to fund health related programs and services like sex education (Waxman and Green 2009).
           
Sex education, including the distribution of contraception, is an example of appeasement to satisfy marginal groups composed of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. Nevertheless, a high percent of catholic Latino teenagers are engaging in unprotected anal sex to keep their virginity. As a result, a large increase in AIDS infected teenage heterosexual girls have emerged (Youth 2008). Bible budgets cut family planning, make contraception unavailable, and eliminate teaching sex education because it promotes promiscuous sex before marriage. Making contraception available encouraged children and teenagers to experiment with premarital sex. Bible budget advocates argue the logic behind the bible budget is that teaching about sex and making contraception available promotes sex before marriage. Consequently, teenage girls who do not have access to contraception because of bible based budget cuts become pregnant, have abortions, or become single parent teenagers living on welfare.

In Utah, where domestic violence is a preexisting medical condition, miscarriage is a crime (H.B. Criminal Homicide and Abortion Amendments 2010). A woman who is beaten by her husband could have a miscarriage. Because Utah lawmakers are protecting fetuses against neglectful or negligent mothers, a woman could be sent to at least fifteen years in prison if she has a miscarriage from an abusive boyfriend or husband. Bible budgets appropriate funding to protect fetuses, yet women who are physically abused and suffer with cuts, fractures, or broken bones from domestic violence are uninsurable. Such ridiculous priorities of lawmakers parallel budget decisions; for example, in 1993, North Carolina outlawed spousal rape, yet it was legal to rape a spouse before 93’ as long as it was in the missionary position (Spousal 2010). The exploitative abuse of our environment is also sanctioned.
           
The air, water, soil, trees, and animals were created for humans to use according to the bible. Therefore, bible budgets give tax breaks to those industries providing jobs as well as other tax cuts to boost production to make America more competitive globally (Waxman and Green 2009). Instead of subsidizing industrial polluters that spew toxic chemicals on the playgrounds of dilapidated schools where poor minority children play, “dirty hippies” argue that large industries should be penalized. Taxpayers already subsidize agribusinesses that destroy the water and soil. According to conservationists and a coalition of public interest groups, $20 billion per year goes into wasteful programs that reward dirty energy and industrial polluters (Conservationists 2010). Recommendations are being made to congress to end tax breaks for big polluters once rewarded through bible budgets. A “Green Budget” would eliminate tax cuts for industries destroying the environment (www.saveourenvironment.org/greenbudget/2011_green_budget.pdf).
            
Although Dick Cheney has been replaced, his bible budgets and cronyism remain. The private military contractor KBR is funded with taxpayer dollars to keep Muslim terrorists from attacking the USA (Helfing and Gardner 2010). Using borrowed money, Christian largesse permeates the decision making process. Bible budgets appropriate funds to private corporations to occupy Iraq (Waxman and Green 2009). Sadly, almost all legislators are indebted to their campaign contributors, so the (corrupted) legislators add pork, and today the USA has a massive deficit. Special interest groups supersede single individuals. Individuals feel cheated by corporate controlled government when taxpayers' money is being spent on programs and projects that do not create sustainable revenue like war. 

Public budgets are not supposed to benefit everyone all the time, so decisions about how public monies will be used. In the United States of America, a predominately white, heterosexual, Christian society, religious based budget decisions are made. Bible budgets cut funding for AIDS research and environmental protection while funding wars in non Christian nations. The “smoke and mirror” politics that exists within the process of public budgeting causes the effected citizenry to become apathetic. Bible budgets should cause a negatively impacted citizenry to be outraged.

References
   
  
A youth leader's guide to building cultural competence. Cultural background for HIV/AIDS prevention. 2008. Advocates for youth. Accessed March 3, 2010 (www.advocatesforyouth.org).

Conservationists, public interest groups call on congress to cut $20 billion per year in wasteful spending. 2010. National Resources Defense Council. Jan 28 Accessed March 3, 2010 (www.nrdc.org/media/2010/100128.asp).

Criminal homicide and abortion amendments. 2010. Health and human services interim committee. Accessed March 3, 2010 (www.le.utah.gov/~2010/htmdoc/hbillhtm/HB0012.htm).

Hefling, Kimberly and Richard Lardner. 2010. Army awards lucrative Iraq support contract to KBR. Associated Press. Accessed March 3, 2010 (www.associatedpress.com).

Rubin, Irene S. 2010. The politics of public budgeting: getting and spending, borrowing and balancing. 6th ed. Washington D.C.: CQ Press.

Spousal rape laws: 20 year later. 2010. The national center for victims of crime. Accessed March 3, 2010 (www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx).

Waxman, Henry and Joshua Green. 2009. The waxman report: how congress really works. Grand Central Publishing.

 

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