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November 30, 2010

Rick Warren & Bush Talk Politics, Book

Former President George W. Bush and pastor Rick Warren said they hope the tax cuts continue under President Obama's administration, among several comments made last night at Saddleback's Civil Leadership Forum.

"We'd like to see those continue," Warren responded. "Yeah, I would too," Bush said.

The tax cuts will expire at the end of the year, and Congress is debating whether to extend them.

Warren and Bush joked like old friends, giving each other a high five and fist bumping at one point. "I have known this man for some time, and he has a wicked wit," Warren said.

Bush talked about some of the struggles he refers to in his new memoir Decision Points. "My love for alcohol was replacing my love for a lot of things, my love for my family, my love for my God," he said.

Bush spoke about the impact of prayer during his time in office and how it made the White House "joyous." "One of the biggest surprise if not the biggest surprise was the power of prayer of strangers and friends," Bush said, as a protester appeared to yell in the background. "You think you got it tough? Imagine the risen Lord, how he felt."

Bush reads voraciously (including the Bible every morning) and said he doesn't watch television except for the occasional sports game.

"I think religion is discipline," he said. I think you have to be disciplined, particularly when you’re being bombarded with stuff."



I am so tired of the Left and Liberals in general complaining about our torturing of prisoners, maybe they would prefer we do as the Muslim extemists do and behead our prisoners and parade them thru the streets. Also our lack of profiling is making it possible for terrorists to enter the
Country and cause another possible 9/11. Quit being politically correct and start catching the people that want to cause our Nation harm.

The only tax cut "debate" is whether to give those with personal incomes over $250,000 an extra cut. That may be relevant to an upscale Orange County or Dallas County congregation, or Tony Perkins, but not so much for the people I know and minister with.

What stake does Warren and Saddleback have in advocating for extending tax-cuts to the wealthiest Americans when the deficit is out of control? The church should be a moral conscience and voice for the marginalized in this democratic society, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to what insight the preacher has on marginal tax-rates and the deficit.