I was directed to the fact French actor Gerard Depardieu renounced his French citizenship over the 75% tax on “millionaires and billionaires”. This was the latest attempt to punish successful citizens for their ability to create jobs, fiscal growth and energize the economy of their parent nation.
During the months of November and December, it seems like the focus of the holiday season gets pushed aside a little bit, and we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.
Maybe a family trip back home for Thanksgiving, or having a Christmas party or two to attend, and all the hubbub of the holidays take over and we forget the importance of this time of year.
Dateline: May 18, 1927
In 1927, Andrew Kehoe, was angry and wanted revenge. A School Board member (he was treasurer and caretaker of the school) his farm was foreclosed upon after the community and school-district passed a tax to build a centralized school. Kehoe felt this was the reason for his foreclosure.
1 Kings 19:19-21 “Elijah went straight out and found Elisha …in a field …at work plowing;…. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak over him. 20 Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah…". 21 So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat — a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.”
At the end of last week, the world watched in sheer devastation when we heard news out of Newtown, Connecticut.
A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 elementary school children.
It was with heavy hearts that so many watched, with jaws unhinged, as news reports continued to share more news about the incident, seemingly, every minute.