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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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The Economy and Jobs

Although you would not know if from much of the rhetoric we hear in the media, the American economy is in great shape. This, in spite of the early recession we were experiencing at the change of administrations, and in spite of the 911 terrorist attacks that by all historical measure should have crippled our economy, and in spite of multiple corporate scandals that bruised public confidence in America's corporate leadership, and last but far from least, in spite of the mainstream media's constant "talking down" the economy in their desperate effort to bring down President Bush.

What you will not hear in the mainstream media, except on FOX News, is that the national unemployment rate is well below the six percent (6%) historical benchmark and that our Gross National Product (GNP) is growing at a rate unequaled in the last twenty years. Individual productivity is at an all-time high and while we lost 2.5 million jobs as a result of the combined early recession and 911 attacks, we have regained 1.5 million of those jobs and it looks like the full 2.5 million will be regained in the next few months. Then, baring another disaster, the sky's the limit.

As I look at today's economy through my thirty-five plus years as a tax accountant I see several things. First, knowing that the events of the past few years should have devastated our economic stability I have to ask myself why we have not only survived, but are flourishing. The answer is easy for any that will take a fair look into it. President Bush is very economically savvy. After all he does hold and MBA from Harvard. He has used that savvy to launch extremely well structured and timed tax cuts while rallying the American people to the flag following the 911 terrorist attacks. From the practical perspective of an old time accountant, what President Bush has pulled off is just short of miraculous and he deserves another term for that if for nothing else.

Sadly, the incredible "Talking Down" of the economy by the Kerry campaign and their allies in the Bush hating media has slowed down much of the progress we should have made, effectively accomplishing much that the attacks could not.

The state of the economy is important for us as Christians because the more we prosper, the more we can give to the furtherance of Christ's Kingdom, first in our own families and then through our churches and missions.

In summary, our nation must continue the sound economic policies that the Bush administration has begun. The tax cuts, including the elimination of both the "death tax" and the "marriage penalty tax" must be made permanent. If Senator Kerry is successful in repealing many of these sound measures, as he has promised to do, while increasing personal income taxes to pay for his manifold promised new programs, it is very possible that our economy will not be able to bear the weight of his folly. Consider the foregoing when you vote this year.


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