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What we can do without…

From WaPo:

What would you add to the list?

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Rana

    11. War
    12. Occupation
    13. WMDs
    14. Dispensationalism
    15. End Times Fear/ Exploitation

  • Jonathan

    Daylight saving time.

  • Phil Miller

    I’d rather make the standard work day shorter than see the school day become longer. Americans in general spend too much time in the office, anyway. Making kids sit in a classroom until 5 or 6pm sounds like a version of hell to me.

  • Steve, Winnipeg, Canada

    Jonathan,

    I agree with Daylight Savings Time. Toss It Out!

    It is so stupid and we should all get rid of it. I can’t stand it. Some people say it helps farmers. If that is true then why doesn’t Saskatchewan have it? Someone answer me that!

  • RJS

    I don’t understand why Daylight Savings Time is so unpopular. I don’t want to see the sun rise at 4:30 and set at 8:30 during the summer – I much prefer 5:30-9:30. It has nothing to do with saving energy and a lot to do with a long sunlit evening after work.

  • jesse

    I think the best that I can do is say amen to Jonathan and Phil, with a double amen to Rana.

  • JamesG

    I’d toss out the “Toss out the all volunteer military.” It is a cornerstone of American liberty that kings and rulers may not force every young man (and these days young woman) into forced service. All you need to be reminded of why this is so important is a trip along Boston’s Freedom Trail, and a little knowledge of how young boys and African American men were treated in service on the USS Constitution…much less how they were treated before the Revolution by the kings of England. Nay, that one should *not* be on the list. There are great reasons the draft is a dire measure, not the rule of the day.

    And that’s before I get into the experiences of my friends forced into service the USSR and post-USSR Russia.

  • JamesG

    By the way, that “brainstorming” suggesting is great irony, being that asking people to quickly list what they’d get rid of is itself…

  • Joe Canner

    JamesG, I thought the same thing before I read Ricks’ explanation. He thinks an all-volunteer military makes it too easy to use the military for things that aren’t in our best interests and that having a draft would make the government think long and hard before using it. I don’t know if getting rid of the volunteer military is the answer, but he makes a good point.

  • Robin

    Most tax deductions and credits, the AMT, and the differential rate on capital gains.

  • http://developingtheology.blogspot.com James Korsmo

    TV campaign ads
    Library late fees

  • Barb

    campaign ads and polls that come out every hour
    high-fructose corn syrup
    lima beans
    uncivil speech
    spiders (especially the big ones)
    low waisted pants
    greed
    and the rest of the 7 deadly sins
    hunger
    poverty
    war
    not necessarily in order of importance

  • Barb

    oh yeah and TV reality shows

  • Rick

    1/3 of the baseball, basketball, and hockey seasons, including cutting the length of their playoffs.

    Also, “one-and-dones” in college basketball. Either go straight from college to the NBA, or commit to 2 or 3 yrs of college ball (similar to how college baseball has it).

  • Amos Paul

    If the citizenry accepted coercive labor in the form of forced military membership, the government leaders would still use them in whatever ways they pleased.

    What WOULD hold the government accountable is if they couldn’t artificially ‘fund’ our military empire by simply printing off greater debt via the Fed. It used to be when currency was tied to commodities beyond the government’s printing control that the government had to either have a war fund saved up or raise taxes to support their war efforts which quickly dried up the budget. The citizenry would rightfully revolt at the notion of giving the government more money to fund immoral and unnecessary wars.

    Now that we’re civilized and modern, the government can ‘fund’ whatever wars they please by simply making up new money that de-values all the rest of our cash. There’s a reason the past century in American has been called the 100 years of war.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Goodness. I don’t agree with any of that!

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Here is what I would get rid of:

    Required clothing at beeches
    Required clothing in public (except for old men)

    Cigarettes

    Laws against marijuana
    Laws against gay marriage

    Bleached non-whole wheat
    Guns
    Whole-life life insurance
    Tax deduction for churches

    Cats…..just kidding….sort of…..

  • Susi

    I first was thinking of waiters/waitresses showing of their navel rings when serving people!
    but I think there is more important stuff we could go without, like people saying they are totally pro life and are against abortion and are against single payer healthcare so that people can have a dignified life, and don’t want to help ‘welfare moms’ (probably must be men who are deciding all these things since they are not the once who become pregnant all the time- right?!).
    We can also do without the people saying that they are totally pro life and send the lower class over and over to the front. And they say they are totally pro life and want to wage war but are against the draft, because they certainly don’t want their sons and daughters to be drafted. It’s alway great to be for love and peace if it doesn’t take you or somebody from your family.

    if we would do without those kind of thoughts then maybe we could concentrate more on how we can help ‘the least of these’!

    Susi


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