The theme for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix is humility, an attribute that seems to have been neglected by the elected officials in the nation’s capital.The nation holds its breath as the federal government shutdown looms. Senator John McCain, of Arizona, has stood his ground on the stalemate holding the country hostage. While the people of Arizona wonder whether they will receive their Social Security checks or still access Medicare and Medicaid these “wise” politicians fight the battle of selfish ideology. The government “of the people, for the people and by the people” is currently NOT.
The regular citizens of this country, having just begun to get their noses above water, are anticipating the federal government’s credit worthiness to come under question. Consumers all know what happens when they don’t pay their bills, interest rate go up, creditors call, home mortgage payments fall behind and we are again facing more than a depression but an all-out collapse of the democracy as we know it.
Write your Senators, sign petitions to stop this kindergarten school yard spat and get on with the job at hand. Oh…this author already did that. Out of two one responded. It was Senator John McCain’s form letter. Here is the letter:
October 11, 2013
Dear Mrs. Adkins :
Thank you for contacting me regarding potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare benefits. I appreciate hearing your concerns on this important issue.
Social Security and Medicare are two important programs for our Nation’s seniors. Beneficiaries rely on earned benefits, as well as the long term sustainability of these programs. According to all measures, these entitlement programs represent an enormous and growing share of our Federal budget.
As you know, the Federal budget has been running deficits at or over one trillion dollars annually, and our national debt now exceeds $15 trillion. Responsible governing requires that all aspects of our Federal budget be examined for reforms and reviewed to ensure sustainability. Currently, significant reforms have been proposed by both members of Congress and the President, and include: measures to ensure inflation adjustments are accurate, benefit adjustments, means testing, etc.
I am aware that many Americans have concerns about the ramifications of possible reforms to our entitlement programs. I will keep your views in mind as we work on bipartisan solutions to address challenges facing our budget and entitlement programs.
Again, thank you for contacting me regarding this issue. Please do not hesitate to do so in the future regarding this or any other matter of concern.
United States Senator
So, as you can see humility is not part of the mind-set of our politicians. Our government is OURS and it is time to tell all three parties to reopen the government and work together. Humility requires the strength to listen to opposing views with a critical ear and to value the opinion of the other side. Make concessions to solve the problems and come out with a hand shake and a sense of togetherness. Unitarian Universalist of Phoenix are re-affirming the need for humility in today’s society from the exchanges with each other to the exchanges in politics. If you wish to understand this concept of balance visit one of the two services provided, 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.