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Family, Faith and Favorite Things
In July 2 Issue

Favorite things…. muffin mixes.

I love those easy to fix muffin mixes where all you have to do is add milk and sometimes an egg. Stir a few times. Put the batter in  a muffin tin. Bake for 12-15 minutes and whoa/la you have hot muffins to go with morning coffee and milk.

We eat a lot of blueberry muffins at our house, but lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my favorites.

Entitlement Programs. In my last article I shared an article written by Thomas Sowell about  government entitlement programs and  reality.

There are people who think  government programs are “holy” and if cut, will cause children to go hungry, people to be homeless,  and old people  to eat dog food  in order to have money to pay for their prescriptions.

The reality is quite different. Low income people are not stealing bread for their children to eat. Housing prices are higher in places where  gigantic amounts of government money has been spent on subsidized housing. Older Americans are the wealthiest group of our population.

4-H Camp and Entitlement. While thinking of that article again last week, I recalled a situation  about our 4-H Camp Scholarships,  probably back in the 1970’s. The 4-H Council decided to set aside money for children, low income, who might not go to 4-H Camp because they didn’t have the money.

As I recall, there were only two or three scholarships available. Children were selected for the scholarships and off to 4-H Camp we went. In a very short time, it became evident to me that one of the girls, in my cabin,  was not participating in camp activities. She didn’t want to swim, she didn’t want to go to crafts, etc.

I reminded her she had received a scholarship and she was going to participate like the other children. Somewhere in conversation with her, she said her Mother went to a tanning bed every week. To this day, I clearly remember the thought that quickly came to my mind…..”we’ve given you a 4-H camp scholarship, so you could come to camp at no cost and your Mother goes to a tanning bed regularly? Something’s not right with this picture.”

I knew then and as I know now, that first of all my mother wouldn’t be going to a tanning bed and if she did, she would have forgone that “luxury” to save money for my camp fee. The difference between  the mothers? Her mother had an entitlement attitude and my mother did not. Later, we revised the criteria for 4-H camp scholarships, basing some of the eligibility on participation in the 4-H program during the school year.

This entitlement attitude is pervasive in our society today. We’re on the third, maybe fourth generation of people receiving  money from the government for food, housing, medical care, etc.

Many  think it’s owed to them!  Our Habitat affiliate does not receive the number of applications for a house that we did back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

We think one reason is when people find out they have to work on the house and make house payments for 20 years, they aren’t interested. They don’t want to work for a house, they want it given to them. Habitat for Humanity is not a give away program,  it's  a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Keep in mind that President Obama is trying to make our country into a welfare state.  He’s all for socialism. The following  is an excellent example of why socialism doesn’t work  It never has worked and it never will. Look at countries in Europe in financial trouble. Socialism failed them. My thanks and appreciation to Carol Brumlow for sharing the following with me:  “This Teacher is a Genius”.

“As the late Adrian Rogers said, ‘you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.’ An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.  That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".  All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.  The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!  No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that. Please feel free to pass this on. Remember, there is a test coming up.  The Presidential election in 2012!”

Thanks for reading my column.  In closing, Psalm 139 is a wonderful psalm, one of my favorites. Life Application Bible says this about verses 13-15: “God’s character goes into the creation of every person.

When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s spirit is ready and willing to work with in you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.”

Till next week.

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