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Keep an eye on Congress

Posted: January 3, 2013 - 3:04pm

In general, Alaskans tend to be more attuned to what’s going on in Washington, D.C., than people from other parts of the country. Perhaps it’s because Alaska receives some of the highest per-capita federal funding in the nation, or maybe it’s just because following politics is a popular pastime during the long, cold winter.

Either way, we’ll want to pay extra-close attention to what’s happening inside the beltway over the next couple of months — and read the fine print on the bills that Congress has passed over the last few days.

Since the November election, Congress’ primary focus has been on the fiscal cliff — that combination of spending cuts and tax increases that was to go into effect on Jan. 1. In a last-minute deal, Congress addressed tax increases, but put off tough decisions on spending cuts for a couple more months.

However, while most taxpayers were spared an income tax rate increase, just about everybody will still end up paying more in taxes, in particular due to an increase in payroll taxes. Alaska workers need to be aware that there will be a little less money in the paycheck in the coming months — about $500 for a worker earning $50,000 — and need to adjust the family budget accordingly.

With tax increases addressed for the time being, the more difficult part of the equation — federal spending cuts — becomes the focus. Again, Alaskans need to pay close attention here as spending by the federal government makes up a large portion of the Alaska economy. Reductions in spending are going to hit close to home, and are going to hurt, whether it means a reduction in the federal workforce, or cutbacks to federal programs.

In a recent conversation with the Clarion editorial board, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that the most significant stimulus that Congress can provide for the American economy is certainty. The fiscal cliff was designed to force Congress to provide that certainty. It only partially worked, which leaves us left with no choice but to proceed with caution in the new year — and continue to keep a close eye on Washington, D.C.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/11/13 - 01:00 pm

Please reread my post and see i was commending you and your ability to share knowledge to others and as i have said many times i appreciate that. I also said what a waste that you don't share your knowledge of Gods instruction Book for every human. I am not judging you as Mt. 7:1 says, one needs to read all of Mt. 7; especially 13-23.
I have never claimed to be perfect and have many times shared on my daily failures in my personal walk.
As for doing battle, this is a figure of speach and everyone that has a differant opinon on all topics and share them with others are in fact doing battle to try and sway them to our side of understanding or beliefs on what ever the topic.
As for waste of time sharing info about many things that will probably not change anyones ideal, i to do the very same thing with sharing of what God said was to come all written in the Bible, Torah, both of which many really just don't care. I do not try to cause fear from what Gods word says about coming events which all the news is screaming daily are coming to pass. I do how ever try to give warnings in hopes that people will prepare and be ready for these promised events for the Last days. Are these really the Last days? No, they are not the Last days of total history, but the Last days of this period of time. God gave us his word as a LOVE LETTER to help & teach mankind of exactly whats going on here on earth and why we are all here on this Battle ground.
We are all involved in this Battle and it's sweeping to every area of life, individual, family, neighborhood, city, state, nation, globally with two sides involved, good or evil. Congress is part of this battle as well as all government president as well.
As i have said many times i'm not the smartest knife in the drawer, but my true desire is to point people to whats happening and how it aligns with biblical promises for this period of time we are in.
As for "it just gets old," my continual pointing out the nonstop workings towards the OWO predicted or forewarned by God, yes it does probably get old to many who just want to live their lives as they deem correct. But you know to me "it just gets old" those that also want to shove their Godless immoral beliefs down my throat about Gods word being crap and only ment for weak, insequire nut jobs who can't make it on their own strength.
Back on topic, Congress as well as the President and ALL the world are actuall something to keep our eye on as they nonstop go about their business, battle for the absolute dismantling of soveriegn rights and freedoms for their desired total control of all people globally.
Trust me SVP or Norseman or anyone else. I don't want to be ignored, but, neither does God who has been saying the same thing for 6000 yrs now with not much results from mankind that whats it their way, instead of his.
As i said before Prayers for all on this site as well as our Congress & Prez. Obama whom the Lord has allowed to rise to power at this time. God raises up and takes down all governments at his choosing all in accordance with his Great pleasure and eternal will. Hopefully some will realize just whats going on and who to listen to a long with whats really eternally important as we all do Battle daily.
Be Blessed.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/12/13 - 11:49 am
Our Forefathers

Our Forefathers also gave us almost the very same WARNINGS as God did about what would come after them. These WARNINGS were given out of LOVE and CONCERN for humans in order to help us be every WATCHFUL always looking for and prepared for it's repeat of history past.
Whats the saying? "Those that fail to learn from History, are doomed to repeat it?" That word Doomed is ment as a prepatory WARNING, not as a scare tactic to instill fear and trimbling of people.
We in fact should all be Watchmen on the Walls looking out for SIGNS of coming troubles, troubles that our God & Forefathers both WARNED would come in the here after, later on in history future.
I am not your enemy, any of you.
I will indevor to refrain from much Biblical warnings, even though they are much like all others past warnings of things that would come about in the future times, times we are now in. Of course it will be gard for me to refrain from Bible truths as i believe everything is interrelated to what God has said will be and what we see.
Be Blessed and please continue on sharing wisdom aimed at helping others prepare for whats ahead for all of us as we watch Congress preparing to allow more restrictions and the taking away of our sovereign rights as a Free people under God.

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