Good Enough for God

I’ve already had my piece on Pam Roach’s state workers can’t lie bill. I haven’t been following it, and I have no idea if it’s going anywhere. But the Daily O gives her the quote of the day when discussing it.

“It’s good enough for God. He gave us a commandment that said, ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.'”

-Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, arguing for her bill that calls for discipline against state employees deemed to have lied.

I, for one, can’t wait for the no coveting by state employees law next. And for that matter why only apply it to state employees if you think you’re doing God’s work? Why not have a Deuteronomy 23:19 law and outlaw interest?

“You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.

I mean that might be kind of tough for Pam Roach who just today voted (with I think all the R’s and several D’s, but that’s just a quick tally in my head since the website doesn’t break it down by party) to make it easier for payday lenders. As Senator Nelson explains in a press release:

In 2009, we passed payday lending reform. It put safeguards on a predatory lending product, allowing borrowers to make reasonable payments and not end up buried in high-interest loans.

But the payday industry is back, marketing this new consumer installment loan as having a ‘36 percent interest rate.’ In reality these loans include massive fees and penalties that take the rate as high as 220 percent. As a former banker, I’m confident that if a money lender can’t make a profit at 45 percent interest, as allowed in existing law, they have a failed business model.

As a legislator, I am shocked that a majority of my colleagues in the Senate voted to sidestep effective protections for Washington families and instead put high-interest lenders back in charge of people’s lives.

You know, like God intended.

Look, I don’t think the Bible, or any other holy text, is a particularly good guide for legislating. We’re a secular democracy. To say nothing of what version to use, or what interpretation? But if Pam Roach thinks her lashing out at state workers is God’s work instead of the business of a diverse group of people who swore an oath to two inherently secular documents (the US and state constitutions) then we can judge her by her own standards on the rest of her actions in the legislature.


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    MikeBoyScout spews:

    I don’t want to argue with you, but let’s not sell Sen Pam Roach (R-Pariah) short on her biblical knowledge.

    I think it only fair that you invite the distinguished Senator to a forum where her foul mouth and abusive tactics are not deemed threatening. How about an invite to come to HA to comment on Goldy’s weekly bible study?

    As a reader, I’d love to have the insight of Roach on those topics to read on a Sunday morning.

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    don spews:

    Does Roach realize that legislators are state employees as well? And that means incumbents would be hamstrung against challengers who are free to make shit up during the campaigns.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I don’t mind if they outlaw 220 percent interest as long as I can still get 220 percent dividends. Now can someone tell me where I can find a stock paying a 220 percent dividend yield?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If this bill passes, in future state employees will preface everything they say with, “to the best of my knowledge … “

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 So, how much trouble would a state senator be in if he got elected by saying, “I am a Democrat,” and then handed over control of the state senate to the Republicans?