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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 11/08/2011

House committee seeks help from Above

There’s increasing angst on the Hill about whether the debt-reduction “supercommittee ” will come up with an acceptable plan to resolve the nation’s debt problems. Anxiety runs highest in the military and in the House Armed Services Committee, where they are seeking aid from Above.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is hoping for a little help in dealing with looming budget cuts for the military. (Paul Morigi - Getty Images North America)

Two armed services subcommittees held a joint hearing last week with top military brass to discuss the situation and the looming budget disaster.

“I remain severely concerned that we’ve already gone too far” in cutting the armed services budget,” said subcommittee chair Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), and mandated cuts if the “supercommittee” fails “would be devastating to the military.”

“Further cuts,” said Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) could “jeopardize” the country’s “status as the global power that is pre-eminent.”

When subcommittee chairman Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) entered — a bit late because he was tied up on a call — he called on the Divine Power for a little help here.

“I’d like to back up a little bit and start the meeting with a prayer, if I could,” said Akin, a former seminarian with a divinity degree, who’s started with a prayer before.

“Father,” he began, “we thank you for the people who serve us in uniform, and we just ask please now for your wisdom as we take a look at the decisions that we need to be making in this nation, and I ask your blessing on everybody here, and help us to make good and wise decisions. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.”

Well, it’s looking more and more like some higher intervention is sorely needed.

By  |  02:29 PM ET, 11/08/2011

 
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