In $215,000 We Trust

At least that was the measure approved by the House today:

The House passed a resolution reaffirming that the nation’s motto remains “In God We Trust” on a 396-9 vote today…

Although the resolution does not create any binding law, its consideration cost more than $215,000 in Members’ salaries and floor operation costs, and Democrats ridiculed the decision to bring up the measure.

The funniest part about this is that Eric Cantor approved this measure for a vote. I wonder if he realizes that the vast majority of those 396 votes were for the Christian version of God, not his Jewish version.

13 Responses

  1. Well, as the courts have ruled, it doesn’t represent any particular God, merely being a historical artifact.

    I’m happy to have them waste days at 215,000 clams a pop. Keeps them from wasting days at 800 billion a pop.

  2. Let’s not pretend like these congress members aren’t referring to their preferred, particular, cultural god.

  3. In what world does that matter? When Jefferson wrote that “All men are endowed by their creator” – so forth, does what creator matter? Do only those believing in the God of Jefferson have unalienable rights?

    You’re fucked if so…

  4. Granted, the cost was really nothing aside from photocopying.

    They still get paid even if they are out on a junket someplace.

  5. This matters because it reinforces the notion that this is a Christian nation, giving more political clout to those who wish to impose their Christian values on the rest of us (i.e., the Republicans and especially the Tea Party).

    And have you ever been to a Kinkos? It’s outrageous.

  6. I don’t know if you are aware… But we, the government, actually own the machines! Very cheap! I bet it cost more than $215,000 to print up copies of the healthcare bill no one ever read!

    And no, it really doesn’t matter. You wish it did, but nothing has been accomplished by anyone. No force of law, no nothing. Sorry.

  7. Have the writings of people in politics affected things in the past?

  8. I’ll ask my black people.

  9. It’s a simpleminded social-issue ploy by the right… an attempt to trap Democrats and Obama into “opposing God” by going on record as upholding the Constitution.

    It’s what the Republican Party does when they don’t dare talk about issues that actually matter–which is pretty much all the time.

  10. Yes, I’m sure.

    Still, I would have thought you would have been happy the republicans are wasting time on things like this and taking time away from stealing poor peoples wallets, breaking their knee caps and handing it all over to rich people. (Like Michael Moore, Barack Obama and Al Gore)

    And once again, copy left, in this case, the courts has found no issue with “In God we trust”, despite numerous challenges to it being on our money and above the speakers rostrum, etc etc.

  11. And for many years, the courts found no problem with fugitive slave laws. We’ll get there. The founders gave us a secular government, and one day we’ll actually achieve it. Till then, the struggle continues.

  12. We have a secular government. A national motto of any kind does not an establishment make.

    Even with a state church, that may be an establishment, but it doesn’t change the secular nature of a government set up in such a way. Look at the secular nations in Europe that have both state churches and, for all intents and purposes, secular governments, with no church involvement.

  13. Well I guess by having to reaffirm the motto “In God We Trust” it means “In God We mistrust a little bit less”or “In God we trust a little bit more”. Why else would we have to reaffirm it?

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