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Song for the new week: O Great Love of God …

Victim of our sacrifice
Gift of love a perfect life
All for a wayward bride
All for a wayward bride

See the lion and the lamb
How he sits at your right hand
Waiting to come again
Waiting to come again

Oh great love of God
Who takes away the sin of all of us; gone forever
Heaven open wide in a resurrection
You won’t be denied bringing life to the dead and dying

Servant king of rich and poor
Beggar that the world ignores
Oh let me see your face
Hidden in simple things

Oh great love of God
Who takes away the sin of all of us; gone forever
Heaven open wide in your resurrection
You won’t be denied bringing life to the dead and dying
You won’t be denied we will rise and we’ll sing forever

This is not a song
This is a revival
A revival

This is not a death
This is us waking
This is a return back to life
Oh your life, all I’m living for
Your life in my life, oh it’s life that I’m dying for

Oh great love of God
Who takes away the sin of all of us
Gone forever

Oh great love of God
Who takes away the sin of all of us; gone forever
Heaven open wide in your resurrection
You won’t be denied bringing life to the dead and dying
You won’t be denied we will rise and we’ll sing forever

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So many classic lines in this bit. My favorite: “There’s no playoffs? Again, my job just got a lot easier. Ties and no playoffs — why do you even do this?”

Great to see Spurs getting the attention they deserve in the USA. COYS!

Could you pass this in-house counsel’s tech test?

Great article on the juncture of technology and legal practice. 

This video is shocking and hard to watch. It demonstrates that the abuse of power can be a problem at all levels of government — local and federal. It demonstrates the indifference of bureaucratic cogs going about their day.

From the IRS to Las Vegas family court, the lesson could not be clearer.

Remember: the more limited the government, the more limited the potential for abuse.  

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Where in the rhetoric of those who advocate for the poor does one ever hear of the eradication of poverty outright through the expansion of minority entrepreneurship and the growing up of scale businesses? The notion that somehow entrepreneurial capitalism is not what the poor could use to their benefit is bolstered by a set of memes that serve to make growth itself somehow morally questionable. Experts in community activism and social work, as well as some philanthropic supporters and growing numbers of college students, appear to believe that it is better that people live in an eco-friendly static state of near-poverty than be cogs in the destruction of the environment that is the inevitable (but not really true) cost of economic growth.

In a confused world of economic policy there is only one true north – growth! Growth means the expansion of human welfare at home. Public policy that is not first and foremost focused on economic expansion of our own economy imposes unnecessary and horrific costs on individuals, most importantly the poor, right here in America.

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A great op-ed: When Economic Policy Isn’t Focused On Growth, The Poor Suffer Mightily by Carl Schramm (available via Forbes).

Questions about the sequester

I think that the cuts promoted by the sequester can be done in a smarter way. In short, it’s not ideal. But, if you are dramatically opposed to the sequester the article excerpted below raises reasonable questions that you should be able to answer:

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Odd impact of President Obama’s SoTU proposal

If you’re going to raise the minimum wage, you shouldn’t raise people’s taxes to a higher degree. Otherwise, what would be the point of raising the minimum wage?

But President Obama’s key proposal from his State of the Union address pushes married minimum wage earners that are working full time (assuming no vacation) into a new tax bracket. The impact is that grows the amount of taxes paid more than the a income gained (when considered as a percentage of the previous total).

The math:

Current minimum wage: $7.25*40*52 = $15,080. Tax of $1,508.

Proposed minimum wage: $9.00*40*52 = $18,720. Tax of $1915.

The percentage growth in income: 24%.

The percentage growth in taxes paid: 27%.

So, assuming that companies don’t trim back hours or seek efficiencies elsewhere — which are realistic and probable consequences of this proposal — the proposal will, in any event, have a disproportionate impact. 

Throughout the fall campaign, President Obama focused on fairness. He rallied people behind that cause.  If he really was trying to give people at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder a fair deal, he would find a way to ensure that any marginal gain in income isn’t associated with a relatively larger gain in taxes paid to the federal government.

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The only good thing about the Bills-Seahawks game:

… was this incredible grab by Stevie … 

Steve Johnson Awesome Catch

Ugh.

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The British do Christmas well in many areas of life. However, as illustrated above, American Christmas trees are simply superior to the malnourished British variety.
Facts are facts.

The British do Christmas well in many areas of life. However, as illustrated above, American Christmas trees are simply superior to the malnourished British variety.

Facts are facts.

"Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon."

A great quote from Winston Churchill