Welfare and Civil Service Reform – Shabbat Night Live – 8/24/18

Welfare and Civil Service Reform – Shabbat Night Live – 8/24/18

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International Today. – For the last several weeks,
we brought you the reality of Ezekiel 38 in our modern day and it has a lot to do
with today’s politics. This week, we start a
new series to discover the inner workings, the
catalyst to moving America into the age of prophetic fulfillment. You’re gonna learn things you never knew about what’s going on
right under your nose especially in America. And even if you’re watching from elsewhere around the world tonight,
you need to watch this series so that you know why things
are happening the way they are. Tonight, we roll up our sleeves
and get into the politics for believers because it’s
the end of the sixth day, the sun is set and this
is Shabbat Night Live. (upbeat jazz music) Well, Shabbat shalom, Torah fans. Welcome to Shabbat Night
Live with Michael Rood. For the last few weeks,
we spoke with a pastor who had been preaching
about politics and prophecy for more than 20 years and tonight, we look at things from
a different perspective with a sharp young woman who is in her 20s and seeing politics from the inside out. She is a political
writer, a cabinet member with Future Female Leaders. She’s a speaking coach and becoming one of the most respected voices
for conservative women. She is a wonderful young believer, Natalia Castro joins us tonight for a new series called
Politics for Believers. You will not wanna miss this series so we want you to have it to
keep so we’re providing it on DVD, Blu-ray or audio
USB and you can get it for the next three weeks a 20% off so you can get it, share
it and just hang on to it because there is some
extremely important information contained in this series. Tonight is also the second
Shabbat of the month of Elul on the astronomically and
agriculturally corrected biblical Hebrew calendar. You can keep track of where
we are and correlate the date with what’s going on in Yeshua’s ministry according to the
Chronological Gospels Bible and this calendar. It’s the only calendar
of the world like it so you can find it
online only at one place and that is at
aroodawakening.tv/biblicalcalendar. Now, to talk more about our guest tonight, please welcome the director
of ministry development for A Rood Awakening!
International, Anny Reed. – Shabbat shalom. – Shabbat shalom, Anny. You found this young lady
online, Natalia Castro. Tell us about her. – Well, Natalia is a
extremely intelligent woman. She lives in Washington, DC. She’s actually going to school to study government and politics as well but she has great
articles and a great mind, thinks outside the box. Now, it’s Michael’s desire for us to be a little bit more
in tune with politics that he has become over the past year. Very in tune with politics
and what is happening behind closed doors and
things of that nature. And so she’s gonna give us
an incredible perspective. Scott and I have the privilege
of doing this interview with her as well as Michael was away doing a speaking engagement
in California for a few weeks. But we’re excited to have her on board. She works for the Americans
for Limited Government. She has just a sharp
mind for everyday topics and I don’t wanna give too much away because we are gonna go
right into the series after this segment with you and we have three more weeks with her but we’re gonna discuss women’s issues, we’re going to discuss government spying, we’re gonna discuss welfare reform. – Civil service reform. – Yes.
– Right? – Yes, and so it’s gonna be
a very exciting three weeks. We’re doing it from a
perspective of believers. And again, we just need to be more aware of what’s going on in government. We do have an influence,
we do have a voice and we are not meant to just
sit back and not be involved in this aspect of our life. – Right, and sometimes,
we we get into that mode because we see things on CNN and Fox and all the other networks. – And we just wanna turn it off. – Right, we wanna, we’re sick of it. We wanna turn it off. Enough about Trump already
and all this type of thinking where we just sort of get numb to it and yeah, like you said
just wanna turn it off but this is not that. When you hear Natalia,
it’s from the inside out. She’s not talking from
the media’s perspective. She’s talking about someone who’s seen it, she’s interviewed people on the inside. She’s a very creative and
talented writer about all of this so she really makes people
think as Anny was saying. She’s part of, she’s a cabinet member
of Future Female Leaders. Is that right?
– Yes, yes. – Okay. – And she is attending
George Mason University. And we wanted to get somebody
that was young and vibrant but somebody also that doesn’t
have a personal agenda. Well, she doesn’t. Her agenda is just to
educate the public more as to what’s happening behind closed doors like for instance, we go into the topic of
what she calls fire the, um. – [Scott] Fire of the swamp? – Fire the swamp, that’s what it is. And it’s because right
now, most politicians, it takes 365 days for them to get fired from their current position in Washington. Well, they wanna
minimalize that to 15 days. She just feels 365 days is
way more than enough time to fire somebody. But a lot of people that join politics or become politicians, they’re lifers. They’re in service forever
and you have to consider, these are the same people
from a different generation that are making the rules today for an ever-changing generation
and an ever-changing world. – And that’s why it’s a lot of the time, we see that, you know, America, if we really look at it
from a world perspective is like the aircraft carrier
trying to make a sharp turn. You can’t do it because of these things where those are in government
are they’re far too long and you can’t make quick changes and react with the rest of the world when
you’re this aircraft carrier trying to make the turn. – Exactly. – And so she’s trying
to help make that turn. – But we’re excited to talk about topics like why college is a scam. What, she’s in university.
– That’s surprising. That was surprising to me. – Yes, so it’s gonna be
very fun conversation I have with her. And also the truth about gun ownership. So she’s a daughter of a cop and so she has a really unique
perspective on gun ownership. And again a lot of this
pertains to America. And we know that we have
an international audience but hopefully, it encourages everyone, no matter where you are to
be a little bit more involved with your government. I always say that not voting
is voting essentially. – Yes. And we want you to be aware
of what’s going on in America not from the perspective
that you see from the news, whether you’re in Britain
watching the BBC or wherever else. It’s not always the truth and someone who’s been on the inside and doesn’t have a job to
keep and spread the rumors that she doesn’t necessarily wanna spread, she can tell the truth. So this is gonna be a
very interesting series so you know exactly what’s going on in the inner workings of this country so that you understand
why things are happening. – And it also reminds
us that one small voice can make a difference. – Yes, isn’t that wonderful? Yeah.
– So, Yeah. – It’s very interesting to me too that she’s a young woman in
college, very bright though. I mean, I don’t wanna say that oh, she’s just a kid in college. She’s not a kid in college. She’s a very bright
young woman in college. But quite often, when
we associate that with, if someone’s in college and
really involved in politics, we automatically assume, oh, they’re on the left side of things. – Yes. – That’s not her. She’s on the right side of things and that was intriguing for me as well. – And not even on the
right side of things. She is a conservative but the topics that she is fighting against are not topics that are conserved
or right-winged matters. They’re matters that affects
all Americans, like welfare. And again, firing the swamp as she says. Firing politicians and having
a little bit more versatility within the government. So she’s not fighting against
or speaking out against topics that are extremely
right-winged or left-wings. These are topics that are generic enough that really matter across the board. – Yeah, she’s not on
one side or the other. She’s speaking out against
both the errors on both sides. – Yes.
– Yeah. – So don’t miss these few weeks. We promise, you’re gonna
learn something new. We promise that she’s gonna entertain you and she’s hopefully going to inspire you. – Yeah, that’s the most, I was gonna say that too. She’ll be an inspiration to you. You’ll say, you know what? She can do it, I can do this too. – That’s right.
– So that’s wonderful. Now, speaking of a few weeks. So you only got a couple of weeks left in this month’s Love Gift which means you only got two weeks left to get our How to Study the Bible kit. – Technically, seven days. Not that I’m counting or anything. I’m just saying, seven days. – That’s true. Yeah, a couple of weeks, yeah. So. – Seven days for you to
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– You don’t wanna miss out on this one. So how do we study the Bible? – Well, we started the Bible by taking out all of the things that muddy the waters. And we’re coming into that
with our churches these days as did the Pharisees. We’re muddying the waters for
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from today’s church leaders where we’re muddying
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you don’t notice it until you decide to go, wait a minute, this isn’t quite right. And so Michael says,
okay, here’s how you stop and start again. This is what the apostles had to do, here’s how you can do it too. So it is a continuation
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thought it was 3 1/2 years. It was not 3 1/2 years. If you correlate Yeshua’s life and times with all the feasts of the Lord and they tell his story from
his birth, death, resurrection, second coming in order according
to the Feasts of the Lord, you will see that and if
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to just minister to you. – And we spoke of folks perhaps having, having watching this
from all over the world. Here’s one from Australia. Real short because we just
have a minute left here. They’re having a drought
from more than a year. Farmers are killing themselves
because they’re just, they’re so in– – Debt, yeah?
– I mean debt underwater. They can’t get out. Rabbits and kangaroos are eating the crops and it’s just a horrible situation. So this is for Scott and
Allison on Australia. So we would encourage
you as we will, again, pray for these folks in
Australia, Scott and Allison. So if you would remember them, that’s what we asked of you today so we wanna thank you for that in advance. Now, coming up, the very first
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some basic questions today for you with our guest,
Pastor Carl Gallups. Pastor Carl, my brother-in-law
when he was small, he was in a Bible camp. My wife’s family was not
Christian or anything like that and he was so excited, he
called my wife from the camp and said, “Jody, Jody, guess what.” She said, “What?” He says, “I got saved.” She said, “Really?” He said, “Yeah, once at the campfire “and once down by the lake.” – Saved twice. There, boom. – So I guess the question is– – He’s good to go. – What is salvation? We knew the definition. – Thanks, thanks. Yeah, well, of course, salvation is at its most foundational level, salvation is being made
right with your Creator through Jesus Christ. The lamb that was slain before
the foundation of the world, the offering of sacrifice,
being under the blood of Jesus, being born again. That’s what Jesus told Nicodemus. You have to be born again. See the word saved and
salvation and born again? Those are not just Christianese,
those are in the Bible. So yes, we have to be born again. All right, but what does that mean? Well, Nicodemus asked,
what does that mean? And Jesus said it happens by the spirit. It’s a spiritual thing. The Holy Spirit of God does
that but it begins of course with confession and repentance and an understanding that you’re lost and your crying out to your
Creator for the salvation that is offered in Jesus Christ. So that’s the gospel
understanding of what it is, confessing that you need that
salvation and understanding and then calling upon Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9, if you
confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead then you shall be saved. Romans 10:13, all who call
upon the name of the Lord like that shall be saved. So that’s the gospel message. That’s the message of salvation. That’s the basic understanding of it. But the thing that I want to stress here is that people ask me all the time. I mean I’m a Baptist
preacher but I don’t hold to denominationalism or baptistic things. I wanna know what the Word of God says in context about anything. I could care less about
what any denomination says or what the boxes and the charts and the graphs and the maps. I wanna know what God’s Word says. And so I get asked all the time because there are people
that say well, you know, once you’re saved, you’re always saved. You’re good to go. Doesn’t matter, from that
point forward, doesn’t matter and then that’s one side of the spectrum. The other side of the
spectrum I hear all the time is oh, you can lose your
salvation in any moment. You’ll never really know till
the last moment or whatever. I’m thinking, well,
there’s no victory in that and there’s a lot of hypocrisy in that. And I don’t really see you in
one of those in the scripture just like those are stated but here’s what I’ve come to believe and this is what I preach and teach. If some in your audience
disagree, I respect that because this has been a journey for me too but here’s what I think
the biblical balance is. Once you’re saved, you’re always saved if you’re really born again. Right? I mean if you’re born
again, that’s the key. Salvation is not walking down an aisle shaking a preacher’s
hand or say in a magic little formula words. By the way, the sinner’s
prayer is beautiful and that’s where we start
but those particular words are not found anywhere in the scripture. – [Anny] That’s right. – The meaning of it is
confessing, repenting, understanding that we need
to be right with our Creator, that we’re lost without him. Understanding that this
is an eternal decision and it’s only through Jesus
and only under his blood and only in a faith in him as
Lord and Master and Savior. Okay, but it’s not just
some little magical words that you say, it’s not
a little nursery rhyme or a magic incantation formula,
it’s not the act of baptism. Getting dunked in the water’s not saved, shaking the preachers hand. Salvation is all that we’ve just said. Coming to the Lord Jesus Christ, understanding my soul is
being restored before the Lord to the transforming of the Holy Spirit. My coming to Jesus Christ as Lord. The world’s not lord, Satan’s
not lord, I’m not lord, political correctness isn’t lord. My social structure isn’t lord of my life. Jesus Christ is Lord of my life. Okay, so only the Holy Spirit
can do that to somebody. Only the Holy Spirit can birth you again and once your birth again, you’re adopted into the family of God. My sheep hear my voice and I
know them and they follow me and no one can snatch them out of my hand because my Father has given them to me. That’s pretty well
settled but he didn’t say my sheep hear my voice and I know them and no one can take them
out of my Father’s hand because they said a magic prayer. Or because they shook a preacher’s hand. No, he says they hear me, they follow me. They know my voice,
they listen to my voice, not the voice of the world,
not the voice of Satan. Doesn’t mean that a born again Christian can’t struggle with their sin nature. It doesn’t mean we can’t
stumble along the way but it does mean that
when we’re born again, we know who our daddy is and
we get up and we keep going. I tell the folks in my church
all the time, it’s like this. It is, salvation is not
about perfection day by day. None of us can live in perfection but we are being transformed
and that is our goal to be as pleasing as possible to the Lord with the Holy Spirit’s help. But I tell people, it’s
not about perfection but it is about direction. And see, I’ve been the
pastor of one church for over 30 years and
one of the great benefits of that is as I can say to my folks how long have you known me? Decades. I said am I perfect Christian? And they all die laughing. And I said, wait a minute, you
don’t have to ugly about it. But I said but I’m making a point here, of course, I’m not perfect. I said can any of you walk
out of here and say to anybody with a straight face,
but Carl is a man of God. He’s for real. The direction of his life is sincere. If he falls, he gets up he keeps going. If he needs to make something
right, he makes it right. He puts his eyes back on
Jesus and he keeps going. See, that’s what salvation is. When you’re born again,
that’s your whole goal is I wanna please my dad. I may stumble and fall
but I get right back up, I get it right I don’t
care how embarrassing it is to get it right, I get it
right and I keep going, okay? The other part that I tell
people is salvation is this. It’s not about a ticket to
heaven although it does guarantee our presence with the Lord forever but it is like the Apostle
Paul said to the church. He says don’t you know? He said to the church at Corinth, he said don’t you understand? At the end of it all, at the
restitution of all things is you’ll judge angels. You will judge the nations with the Lord. John says in the Book of
Revelation, don’t you understand? You will rule and rain
with the Lord Jesus Christ in all that is to come and
the kingdom that is to come and maybe the kingdoms
that are still to come if God wants to do even more after he’s restored all of this. I mean that’s what salvation is. It’s not a fat little
baby floating on cloud playing a heart like Greek mythology. It’s us in renewed,
restored, resurrected bodies that will live forever and rule and reign with the Lord God through Jesus Christ over everything that he’s
going, that’s what salvation is. – Well, and I love that you
said that it was a journey because that’s truly what it is. – Yeah. – We don’t know, who I am today is not
who I was 10 years ago and it won’t do Who I
am 10 years from now. – Thank you, thank you. – So it is an ever going
journey of growth and learning. – As a consequence of being human, we are on the road to hell no matter what. – That’s right. – From the beginning.
– Automatically. – That’s right. – And so the word repent, we have to remember what that is, right? It’s turning, repent mean
go to the opposite direction so you’re now on the road.
– That’s good. – To the other way. – [Carl] That’s right. – And you’ve got to stay on that road because if you decide to
go the other way again, now you’re back on the other road so you have to stay repented. – That’s right, yeah. – Or repentant.
– And I tell, you know, I preach to Christians
about turning from sins, staying off the road of sin and all. Why is that? It’s because there are consequences and you can drag that
junk along behind you and you can get disqualified. It’s like I tell people. You can be taken out of the
game and put on the bench. You may not be kicked off the team but you’re gonna be on the
bench and so I tell people, look, Satan basically has two plans. One’s to destroy your soul in
hell forever just to keep you, and he doesn’t care about you. He’s using you as a
tool to do this to God. There’s another one I took from you. That’s his plan A. I didn’t care about Carl
Gallups, Satan doesn’t. But if he could have had Carl Gallups just completely ignore Jesus Christ then Satan could say well
there’s one I got from you. Get over there, ruin you, trash you. But since Carl Gallups is born again, you say, well there’s
nothing can do to you. Yeah, there is. He tried to take me out of the game. He try to put me on the bench because now, I’m a threat to him. Now, I represent an agent
of the kingdom of God that can march right
up to the gates of hell and be a part of the defeating of him. So this is what I tell
Christians all the time. Just because you’re saved doesn’t mean that the games not gonna get hot and it doesn’t mean that Satan’s
not gonna come against you and it doesn’t mean that you
might not disqualify yourself from being right in
the middle of the game. You might get put on the bench. Does that make sense? – It doesn’t make sense. That’s a good way of putting it. – So it’s a daily walk. It’s not about perfection
but it is about direction. – Yes. – Yeah. – It’s a great analogy. – It’s not a ticket to sin. I’m saved now so I’ll do whatever I want. Yeah, you can do whatever
you want but, whoa, whoa. – The consequences of this. – The consequences could devastate you, your children and your
children’s children. – Agreed. We hope that you have enjoyed
this segment of Q and A here on Shabbat Night Live. We’ll be right back after this break. (lively horn music) (light mellow music) – [Announcer] Today, we
often rely on traditions and misunderstandings to shape our faith instead of living out
the words in the Bible. – This is part of rightly
dividing the scripture that you have to do. You have to be diligent,
you have to do it, you can’t rely on any
particular translation to get it right for you. – [Announcer] In How to Study the Bible, Michel Rood demonstrates
how to study for yourself instead of letting today’s
church leaders do it for you. – They are rightly
dividing these scriptures and we need to be careful
as they were careful to rightly divide the
word, to cut it correctly, to understand it, to be
diligent in these things. – [Announcer] Receive
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during the Temple Period, not what we did but they
remind us of what we did. But the followers of Yeshua
also have some other traditions, some other things that are reminders of what has been accomplished for us. There are reminders of what goes back long before the Temple
Period and it reminds us of what happened the very
year that Yeshua was crucified and resurrected. At the Last Supper that
Yeshua had with his disciples, the Greek scriptures tell
us that he took arton, he took leavened bread and broke it. Of course, the English, the
Greek and in all scriptures tell us that this Last Supper was before the feast of Passover and
the following morning, the Pharisees refused to go
into Pilate’s judgment hall because they didn’t want to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover. This is not the Passover
meal and every time we serve bread and wine
gives us the opportunity as Yeshua says, as often as you do this, you do this in remembrance of me. And so as Yeshua said,
this represents my body which were broken for you. This represents my shed
blood and he spoke the prayer that the Melek Tzadik shared with Abraham thousands of years ago. (speaking in foreign language) Blessed are you, Yehovah, our
Elohim, king of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine. And Yeshua took bread and he
blessed the most high saying. (speaking in foreign language) Blessed are you, Yehovah, our
Elohim, king into the universe who brings forth bread from the earth. As often as you do this, we
do this in remembrance of him. (speaking in foreign language) (dramatic music) – In the Gettysburg Address of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln
stated that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the Earth. However, many would argue that notion is not what it used to be. So what’s happening? What can we do about it as believers and where do we go from here? Well, our guest today can
help us sort this out. She is a political
writer, a cabinet member with Future Female
Leaders, a speaking coach and becoming one of the
most respected voices for conservative women. Please welcome, Natalia Castro. Welcome, Natalia. – Thank you so much. I’m happy to be here. – Now, I think one of
the most shocking things to our viewers first off is
they’re looking at their screen going well, this looks
like a very young woman. So Natalia, you are a senior
at George Mason University, is that correct? – Yes, George Mason. I’m studying political science. It’s been a really great experience. – So what got you interested
in the organization you’re currently involved with which is Americans for Limited Government? Tell us about that. – Well, through my college career, I participated in
competitive public speaking which is basically like
another way of saying I was on the debate team. And I focused on a lot
of domestic policy issues in my research and in my speech. And it was a couple of years
into George Mason University where I had the opportunity to intern with Americans for
Limited Government or ALG and I was blessed enough that they chose to keep me on full-time
and continue my work here working on promoting limited government and conservative principles. – Now, how long have you
been interested in this? Since you were a child or just
got interested later in life? What what spurred all of this? – My mother will tell you that I thought about running for office when I was in middle school but it wasn’t until
really the 2008 election became a really strong point for me because it was the first time where I saw a lot of
especially conservative women rising up into prominence. Saw like Sarah Palin and I was
really inspired by this idea of women in politics and it
kind of caught the bug for me. So I definitely became a lot more involved and ever since then, I’ve
really been interested in public discourse and
understanding policy. – Now, I know you and Anny Reed
are gonna get into that more in a future episode all
about women in politics and women’s roles and that type of thing. So that’s gonna be a
very encouraging thing for people to see, I think,
that just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you have to be on the liberal side of things, does it? – No, absolutely not and
there is a large group of conservative women
who are really rising up and so I’m very excited to
talk to Anny more about it and it’s been a huge
inspiration for me in politics and I hope it can be an inspiration to many other young people. Well, speaking of inspiring people, let’s inspire some people with some hope. We often know that if someone
loses a job or something, you have some short-term
help that’s one thing but welfare is another. And what once started as a good idea has not turned out to be such a good idea. So let’s talk about that a little bit. A welfare reform. What did welfare
initially start out to be? What was the original intent behind it? – Well, welfare came around
in the great war on poverty and the idea was that if we
wanna cut back on poverty. we need people to have a safety net. And most people, whether on the far left or the far right agree
there needs to be some form of a safety net for when life happens and unexpected things
come but over the last, almost 60 years now,
we’ve seen that safety net kind of grow into its
own class of employment where individuals get
paid for not having a job. And it’s grown drastically
over the last 60 years and it’s become an incentive against work rather than an incentive to find work. – Hmm, so how does welfare
encourage that dependency instead of working? – So for one, many families, they’ll, so once they begin applying for jobs and they actually find
a job and they’ll lose most of their welfare
benefits which makes sense until you realize that
a lot of individuals will get a job that’s
a very low income job and they’ll end up making less than what they received on welfare. So there becomes an
incentive to not work anymore and one of the stories that I was told that really kind of put
this in perspective for me was my father grew up in
low-income New York City and my father ended up
becoming a police officer but he had a very good friend of his who grew up in low-income
housing on welfare and received welfare
benefits for most of his life and ended up going to the police academy and deciding he wanted
to be a police officer but the welfare that he received, she started dropping every year once he went to the police
academy became a detective and he started receiving
less and less welfare but it wasn’t enough for him
to move out of his projects, the income that he was making. So he was kind of stuck in the middle. He was receiving a little bit of welfare, a little bit of a paycheck but not a lot to leave his projects. Meanwhile, his neighbor who
was selling drugs at the time was receiving so much money in welfare because he didn’t have a job and was he trying to better
his life that his neighbor was actually able to move
out of his project community into a different community and
I remember hearing that story and just being shocked that someone who’s becoming a police officer who’s trying to better their life still isn’t able to earn enough money to leave a negative circumstance when someone who’s receiving welfare and living off those benefits is. So that’s just kind of demonstrates how that person who’s working hard
in becoming a police officer can almost say why am I doing this if I’m never going to be able
to have the stable income that evidently people receive on welfare? So there’s a big dynamic there
where people are encouraged to not work that they can
continually receive benefits and we also see it breaking
apart our family life because a single parent
receives far more benefits than a married household. Well, so if there’s an encouragement to not be in a stable family household where you’re actually
actively seeking a job because you’ll receive more benefits if you don’t have that job, if
you don’t have that husband. So it becomes a really big
problem and it really encourages unproductive activity. – And that’s a generational
thing, isn’t it? Because when the kids grow up in that, I mean I’ve seen that, I’m from Canada and we saw that a lot in
the poorer neighborhoods where it just become a generational thing where after two or three generations, the kids didn’t even
think of getting a job because it wasn’t normal to get a job. It was just normal for the
government to send a cheque and this is what life was. – Exactly, and when that’s normalized, it removes all of the dignity
that comes with having a job. All of the integrity and independence that comes from being a
hard-working individual is gone as soon as you decide. Actually, it is more
beneficial for me to be lazy and I hate to say, I never
wanna say that anyone is just being lazy because that’s not it. No one wants to have no money but when you’re receiving welfare benefits without having to work
then it fuels that system and just like you said, when your parents didn’t have to work, when it
comes a generational thing then this has been happening
now since for over 60 years so it’s really embedded that culture into a lot of low-income communities. – So now is this a nationwide thing or do each state have
their own say in this? How does all that work
in the welfare world? – It definitely varies by state. Recently, we saw a big change in Maine. In 2016, I believe, Maine decided to institute work for welfare and it was part of their
welfare reform effort where they basically said if you can prove that you are either in
a work training program or you are have some form of a job, then we’ll give you additional food stamps but you have to basically
be searching for a job. You have to actively
be trying to get a job or in a training program of some sort. And they actually saw their
number of welfare recipients dropped dramatically, at the same time, their economy grew significantly. So it wasn’t like these people just stopped receiving welfare
and started sitting around at home with no money. And we actually saw the opposite. We saw more people leaving welfare because they were getting
higher income jobs as they were starting
low, working their way up and not having to be on welfare anymore. So there are some states
where you have that story and it’s incredible but
then you have other places like in Illinois where
unfortunately, they’re, in Chicago, for example, there have, they’ve had Democratic legislatures for almost 50, 60 years now and they have expanded welfare benefits without work requirements
and you have stagnation within their economy, you have violence that has been broken out in
a lot of areas of Chicago and it’s become a really
dangerous and poor city because of the social programs
that they have instituted. So it’s definitely
varies by city and state but there is a lot more of
that poor welfare system that isn’t reformed that doesn’t
institute work requirements than what we are seeing in Maine. Maine is definitely an anomaly
for most of the country. – So in a place like
Chicago, in Illinois there, whether they’re having such problems, they’ve gotten so deep now
with the situation they have, how do you think they
should they dig out of that? I mean how do they even start? – I think the first step
is restoring the dignity that comes from work. I recently read about a
charity in New York City that it’s called The Doe Fund
foundation and what they do is for people who are
just coming out of prison or homeless individuals, what this group does is
they they give them a job that’s, it’s called pushing the bucket and basically what they
do is it’s just a job, it’s very low income but
they just clean the streets. Just a simple job of cleaning the streets and what they found was
that starting someone at a low level basic job that
gives them some form of income encourages them and gives
them a new sense of dignity and integrity in their
work that encourages them to go find a better, a next step that encourages them to go into a vocational training
program or something, to learn to be a plumber, to learn to be, some other type of handy
worker and eventually, even a high skilled worker. So I think the first step
needs to be encouraging even if it’s a low level of work, a basic job that gives
individuals dignity. And that comes from, you know, there’s a work requirement. You have to at least
be searching for a job or going through some
form of a training program and that gives people
the first step to say, okay, I can do something,
I will do something and then from there, a lot of times, people take it on their
own because they realize, oh, this is good, I can do better. And that’s a big part of this. It’s restoring that
hope within individuals that they don’t need to be
sitting around to make money but instead, they can
actually do something small that goes a long way
and then tying welfare or food stamps requirements
to that activity to help encourage them to work. – I find the same thing with with health. I encourage a lot of people about health and when people say well I
haven’t exercised for six years, how do I even start? And you begin up to be a couch potato and you don’t want to get up,
you don’t wanna do anything and it just takes that first kick to say, well you can do something and
soon as you start exercising, going to the gym et cetera,
then all of a sudden, you feel better about
yourself and a friend of mine even showed me an app the other day that gave you rewards
for taking your vitamins and doing the exercise
you’re supposed to do. – It has to start with those
small steps that teach people that there is hope again
because like you said, this generational idea that well, my parents got welfare without working, I’m gonna get welfare without working and that idea that you can go through life just kind of getting the minimum. And that shouldn’t be, I mean this is the land of opportunity. No one should feel like they
can just go through life with the minimum and well, I’ll
be born poor, I’ll die poor. That’s not what America was, that is not the foundation
of this country. The foundation of this country is if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll come out with
something on the other end. So those little steps that just get people to have that hope of a job
again, they go a long way. – And that’s a biblical
principle too, isn’t it? I mean the Bible even says that if you don’t work,
you won’t eat, period. That’s the way it works. So now there’s an interesting
way to look at it. So to me, it looks like and I
want your opinion on this too that welfare in the way that’s
structured in this country is not even really biblical, is it? – No, not at all. I think it’s, like I said the idea
of having a safety net. The idea of being able to
support people when they’re down. That, it very much comes
from a biblical principle but it has turned into that system that doesn’t encourage work, that doesn’t try to lift people up. It just tries to help
people get by on the bottom. And what is truly the biblical,
the Christian thing to do is to not just let people
get by on the bottom but to help them rise
and that is the principle that we need to get back
to if we want our country to follow that moral compass. – So I help up rather
than a handout, really. – Exactly, yes, definitely. – So now, you live in Virginia, correct? – Yeah, just outside DC. – Okay, so now, have any
changes in this regard come to your state? – No, unfortunately Virginia
has been very stagnant with our welfare reform. I’m originally from Florida which has done a little bit
better in trying to institute, Florida tried to do drug
testing at one point. That was a big issue in Congress. And then later on, at least there’s been a push for welfare to work requirements on the state level but it’s been very difficult
to get this legislation passed largely because of
Democrats who really don’t want to push this forward and unfortunately, even
a lot of Republicans. On the federal level, we’ve
seen a lot of Republicans who talk about welfare reform but have not been willing
to enact meaningful reform. So I think one of the first
steps is getting our own party all on board to make this change. – It’s interesting you say that because, you know, I
saw something recently where we have to be careful not to equate if you are Christian,
you must be Republican. Not to politicize our faith
but from what you’re saying that faith is sort of waning
from both sides of the fence when it when it comes to welfare reform. – Yeah, it’s very interesting. And I’m actually glad you say that because the last major
push for welfare reform did come under the Clinton administration. It was backed by Bill Clinton. He wanted welfare to
work to be instituted. That was that was part
of his agenda and it was, hard to say Bill Clinton
is the most Christian man but it was definitely
something that he believed in and that he believed was the
morally right thing to do. So the idea that work should have dignity, that Christian idea that
we should help people work and not just give them a
handout exists on both sides. It’s just, I think over the last 20 years, this issue has become very politicized as a lot of people will accuse people who advocate for welfare to work standards of not caring about the poor and only viewing the poor as lazy people. And that’s not it at all, it’s that we need to
restore that to people. Like I said, people don’t
wanna be lazy and sit around. It’s that they’ve lost that hope. So we need to restore
that hope and I think that is where the real
Christian message comes from, not just calling people
lazy and stuff like that. – So now, if someone is watching this and they’re in welfare for a while and they’re hearing what
you’re saying, Natalia, and they’re saying, you know what? She’s right, I need to just
get doing something again and start feeling good about myself. Are there some subsidy
programs for education or what’s out there for someone who wants to get out of the situation
and start going to school? – Well, in this economy, you
have the best opportunity that you have had in over a decade. For the first time in a very long time, we have more people looking for jobs than we have jobs available. So we have so many companies
that are really trying to, they’re really trying to find any employee who’s willing to come
in and say I wanna work and that’s really special because we have so many individuals who had been low income who
are now having the opportunity to have a real living wage. So honestly, it is time
to go out and apply and it’s time to renew that hope. And we’re actually seeing
that more than ever so in the most recent
jobs numbers that came out from the Trump administration, we saw a labor force
participation grow significantly. And what that means is
it’s the number of people between the ages of 16 and 64 who are actively applying for jobs. And we have not had more
than, I believe, 64% of the population
actively looking for jobs, meaning in the labor force since the ’70s. But now, that number is
finally on the rise again because of some of the economic policies that this administration
has put into place. So if you’re sitting around on welfare and are finally making the decision now is the time for me to work then you’re joining millions of Americans who are also finally realizing now is the time for me to look for a job and the opportunities are out there and the economy is moving forward so it’s a great time to be
applying and to be looking. – So now, in that situation,
you told the story of the police officer who just simply couldn’t make enough as a police officer. What does someone do? And of course, on the
other side of the fence was somebody who was selling drugs and that’s how what they
were making their money. What do you do when when all of a sudden, your welfare is making
more than your job is and you’re like well, why even bother? – Well, that has been a really big problem and that’s why I actually
brought up that story is because we need to realize
that it’s not just about welfare to work requirements but it’s also about
our economy as a whole. We need wage growth. We need to better compensate
our civil servants, our police officers, our
teachers in order for people to not feel like they
have to rely on welfare. And luckily, like I kind of mentioned, the tax cuts that passed through
and our Congress last year took a really big step because what we saw as stagnant wages for
much of the 2000s, 2010s, we’re actually seeing wage growth. So it’s not just jobs are available but wages are actually rising because of a decrease in
government regulations and because of tax cuts
that are allowing businesses to pay their workers more. So that is definitely a
change that is happening but we need to continue
pushing for tax cuts that allow companies to
pay their workers more and offer them more benefits. – So now let’s get back
to the school thing again. So are there avenues that you know of for people to go back to school
and get like a student loan, like if their credit has been decimated from being on welfare? What do they do in that situation? Do you know of any ways for them to go to school through that? – I do not know of anything specific. However I would say that there are a lot the charitable organizations
like I brought up The Doe Fund which is working out of New York City, particularly in large cities. There are a lot of
charitable organizations that offer work training
and vocational training and things like that that help individuals
to be able to seek out educational opportunities that aren’t traditionally
available to them. Right now, we actually
have a really big gap in our labor force where so
many people are going to college that not enough people are
looking for middle skilled jobs like your plumbers, like your handyman. And so take I think
individuals need to look towards those avenues. College isn’t for everyone. I know my brother tried the college thing, ended up going into the US Army and now, that has been a huge benefit for him, is actually paying for
portions of his schooling which has allowed him to later seek educational opportunities
after serving in the Forces. So opportunities like
that do exist and there, I know a lot of them are in big cities but things like the US
military go from anywhere and so seeking those opportunities and realizing it doesn’t
have to be college. It doesn’t have to be the education that everyone kind of sells nowadays. It can be a vocational
opportunity or another opportunity that gives you the skills you need without maybe the
education you don’t need. – Exactly, yeah, it’s
nothing wrong with a six-week training program now. You don’t have to go to
school for four years and we’re gonna get more at another time. But if you were in charge
of your state, Virginia, and you could make any decision to start the process on
something that’s more of what you saw in
Florida, what would you do? What’s a first step you would take? – I think the first step
needs to be welfare to work. And what that just, and it’s really simple
that you just ask people to prove that they are
actively seeking for a job or ask people to prove
that they are seeking an educational opportunity
and just doing that, taking that basic step of just
asking people to prove that in order to receive their benefits allows the state to say
we’re not going to reward you if you have not done
something worth rewarding. And I think that is a small
action that takes a big step. And that was supposed to be
federal law until in 2012 when President Obama removed that mandate. So there is a president for it. Congress has come together and agreed that this is something
good but we unfortunately had a president that didn’t agree. So I think if I could just
take control of Virginia, that is something I
would try to reinstitute so that we can see the benefits and that we can bring
that integrity of work back to our low-income workers. – So essentially taking the
short-term assistance model and moving it to the long-term. – Yeah, absolutely. I mean I believe the passage
is you can teach a person, you can give a person a fish
and they will eat for a day or you can teach them to fish
and they’ll eat for a lifetime and that’s exactly it. We need to take the time to
say you’re not just a number on a food stamps roll
that gets a monthly check. You’re a person who can work and we will give you
the assistance you need if you prove to us that
you are willing to work because there is no one, with the exception of, obviously,
disability accommodations, everyone can work and we
just need to remind people that they have that ability
and restore that hope to them. – All right, thank you, Natalia. Well, we have to take a short break and we’ll be back in two minutes but during that two minutes, so we’re not going to
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support of this program. We’ve been talking with Natalia
Castro about welfare reform and she had a lot to say about this but our next subject is something that is her favorite subject to discuss and that is civil service reform. Welcome back, Natalia Castro. Natalia, why is this your favorite issue? – You know, a lot of people call me crazy but this is one issue
that we don’t realize how much it affects the American public and the average worker and
I believe it’s the heart of limiting government because, so our civil service is
essentially all of the workers who work for the government, whether the federal government,
the local, state government, it’s the people who work at the VA and take care of veterans,
the Department of Interior that work at your parks department and a lot of these
workers experience abuse. And I’ve heard just unbelievable
stories of fraud, of waste and of worker abuse that goes
on within our civil service. And I believe it was James 5:1 that said those who become rich by abusing workers have sinned against God. And the fact that our federal government has some of the most grotesque
stories of worker abuse, I think is something that
everyone, every believer and everyone in our country should be really concerned about. And so it’s very important to me. – So you’ve mentioned
that one issue of abuse which I had no idea about. So explain to us some of the major issues plaguing the civil service industry. Tell us about this. – Well, I will tell you a
story that actually just broke in the last two weeks and
it was dealing with FEMA. So our crisis managers,
the people who respond to when there’s raging fires in California, the hurricanes in Florida. The FEMA workers are your
feet on the ground people dealing with these issues
and it actually just came out that the head of HR at FEMA,
a man named Corey Coleman was had several
inappropriate relationships with women on staff and
was hiring friends of his that were fraternity brothers and was meeting women on dating sites, hiring them and setting
them up in regional offices with his fraternity brothers with explicitly writing and
emails that his intention was for those women to sleep
with his fraternity brothers. And so it was rampant sexual
harassment, sexual misconduct, a lot of hostility in the work environment and a lot of women
coming forward and saying we don’t feel comfortable in our jobs but because this man was the head of HR, he was doing this for years on end with no oversight and no accountability. – So how in the world do you
think this was happening? I mean what, how? – So the big problem
within our civil service is there is little to no accountability. Just to put it in some perspective, the termination rate, so
the average firing rate in the private sector is 17%. In the public sector, it’s 3% and the firing for cause rate is 0.5%. So you have a 99.5% chance of never being fired for cause if you work in the federal government. And there’s a historical reason for that. So when the United States government was first forming its civil service, back in like the 1800s we
passed the Pendleton Act and what the goal of the Pendleton Act was was to ensure that you
couldn’t fire someone for disagreeing with you politically. And what happened was they put, the federal government put
so many protections in place to prevent workers from being
fired for political reasons that they made it impossible
to fire workers at all. So it’s so difficult to get
fired in the federal government or even in state and local
government that managers, when they have a problem with an employee, they don’t fire them, they transfer them to
a different department. And another story I can give is something that happened
at the EPA actually where you had an employee
who was stealing, was stealing like video cameras and like other technology
equipment from his EPA office and pawning it and selling
it and taking the money and it was known that he
was doing this for months, for years on end but
they couldn’t fire him because it’s so difficult
to fire a federal employee that they just transferred
him to different positions and he did the exact same thing at all these different offices. So there’s this really big problem of it’s so difficult to fire an employee that there ends up being no
accountability and oversight and you have individuals
like Corey Coleman who are able to abuse
workers for years on end and experience no repercussions. – This sounds akin to, not
necessarily maybe the sexual or physical abuse allegations but this sounds a lot like colleges where a prof is given tenure and there’s nothing anyone
can do to get rid of that prof and he may be the most lousy
prof on the whole campus but nobody can do anything
about it and meanwhile, all the students taking
his class are failing. – Absolutely, it’s very similar except the people who
lose out in that situation are the students who
don’t get a good education but every single person in our country is affected by our federal civil service because when they’re
not working effectively, they’re not serving the
needs of the American people. When individuals at the
Department of Interior are not, I mean there were stories from
the Department of Interior very similar to that of FEMA where you had rampant sexual exploitation and their workers aren’t
helping deal with park services like they’re supposed to be,
they’re dealing with, you know, they’re engaging in sexual misconduct. There are stories from the
Department of Veteran Affairs that are absolutely tragic of
veterans dying on wait lists because VA employees
aren’t doing their jobs. And I mean for our veterans to literally be dying on wait list because of a lack of action
within the civil service is ridiculous and that’s the real impact of a lack of civil service reform. – It sounds very
familiar, that whole wait, dying on the waiting list. I’m from Canada and in Canada, we have that problem with
the socialized medicine and quite often people do
die on the waiting list just because there’s no, well first of all the lineups
are huge for several reasons but the nurses are in such
demand that they can’t lose and so they can make a ton of mistakes and not get fired because
they’re in such demand that they’re needed so badly but it just leads to the
same type of problem. – Yeah, exactly in fact
whenever people talk to me about socialized medicine
in the United States, the VA is the United States
version of socialized medicine for our veterans and it
experiences a lot of the problems that you just said that are
also similar in Canada with, it’s just not possible to
deliver the care necessary but that coupled with
the civil service abuse that we see in our federal government really exacerbates the situation
and makes it impossible for effort the people who
need care to actually get care and there are so many stories of this across the federal government. It happens in every single agency and the fact that our federal
government hasn’t taken action or at least notable action
to and still reforms across the government
is a really big problem. – Now there were some reforms that maybe this was obviously a
problem for a long time, there were some reforms
enacted 40 years ago and it was called the
Civil Service Reform Act. Why did that come about
and what did it do? – So the Civil Service Reform Act was very similar to the
goal of the Pendleton Act that I discussed earlier. So the Pendleton Act like I said, it was trying to remove partisan firing. The Civil Service Reform
Act took the next step in that where they said okay,
we need to make it easier to fire federal employees but unions which were so strong at the
time that the CRA was passed, they made sure that there was a very long and complex appeal process. So what the Civil Service Reform Act did was it said you can fire an employee but first, you have to go through the Merit Systems Protection Board, first, you usually have
to go through the EEOC which is an Equal
Opportunity Employment Act and that kind of makes
it again another step in firing an employee
and what this reform did is today, it takes on
average over 300 days to remove a federal employee because the Civil Service Reform Act made it such a complex process and such a lengthy and difficult process that it almost discouraged managers from trying to fire anyone at all because it made the process
so much more complex. So while it had the
goal of making it easier to remove federal employees,
it actually made it harder because it added so many additional steps. – Goodness. So it’s almost like if there was a problem over the course of a year, that person could make it look like this wasn’t such a big
problem, don’t worry about it, yeah, we’ll rip up the paperwork and go low and go on with life. – Well, and it’s actually
gotten worse since then because now, before you can
even begin the firing process, unions have ensured that you
need to put the employee on, okay, so if I’m a manager and
I wanna remove an employee, then the first step I
need to do is put them on a performance improvement plan or a PIP and that’s like a 30-day
plan that gives the employee a chance to improve and
then after that’s done, I have to put them on a
performance action plan which is another 30 to
60-day process, right, to get the employee a chance to improve and then after that, it’s the Merit Systems Protection Board. So there are so many steps that have been added to this
process that like I said, it’s so lengthy and complex, managers don’t wanna deal with that and they don’t wanna do it. So instead, they’re just
transferring the employee, moving them somewhere different. – Wow, now, have you’ve
been looking on the, if you’ve ever looked on the Bureau of Labor
Statistics’ website, you can find wages of many different jobs out there in the country and they’ll have an
interesting dichotomy here. They’ll have the, what that wage or that job is
worth in the private sector and then what it’s worth at the government if you get that same type
of job with the government and it seems to be a lot higher. Natalia, would you say it’s fair to say that the government overpays
employees for the same job that’s available in the private sector? Maybe that’s part of the problem here. – Absolutely, that is a
huge part of the problem. The federal government has
a very rigid structure. So, in the private sector,
if I maybe work in IT, I start at my job, if I do really well then I have the ability for a promotion. If I’m not doing really well, I may be stuck in my
position for a long time, however it goes. In the federal government,
individuals are, if you come in as maybe
a first level IT person. You’re a GS-5. it’s the general schedule
at how employees are ranked and you come in and you’re at a low level like what’s a GS-5. It is almost, for most federal employees, every year, there is either
a raise or a step increase and what individuals will
see in the public sector is because there is no real
accountability and oversight, individuals are able to rise
through the ranks very quickly even if they aren’t necessarily qualified to move that quickly. So in the private sector where it’s much more based on performance, in the public sector, it’s much
more based on time and rank. So that creates an incentive
to be there for a long time and since you’re not gonna
get fired, it’s not too hard as opposed to the private sector where you have to work much
harder to see the increase. – So this seems like the old school, like you mentioned before, the unions. It seems like a very
much a union mentality. So now, obviously, you’d
think that well, okay, well, with a Conservative
government now in power, that’s not their deal,
they don’t wanna do that. So what is blocking necessary change here? – Well, luckily, we are seeing,
in the last like two years has been the most action for
reform than we’ve ever seen. So I’ll start with explaining the VA. So the VA, when we heard
those horrible stories that broke out in 2014-2015, a
veteran’s dying on wait list. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida made it one of his chief priorities to basically solve this
issue and what he did in 2017 was introduce the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. And what this legislation did
was it expedited the timeline for removing poor performing employees and it enhanced protection for employees that speak out against their
bosses called whistleblowers. And so that if a boss like
Corey Coleman from FEMA is engaging in negative activity, an individual worker is
empowered to be able to say, no, I can’t allow this. And it has an appeal process
that is kind of protected and ensures that their job is secure. And when that happen, when this, so Senator Rubio pioneered
this legislation, it passed through the House,
it passed through the Senate and President Trump
signed it into law in 2017 and since that law was enacted, firings at the VA rose by 26%. So it clearly worked and the
VA is working better today than it was five years ago. So there is a chance for a
reform and there is legislation in the House and the Senate right now called the Merit Act which basically takes those reforms from the VA and spreads them across the
entire federal government. This has terrified unions. Unions have been fighting
against this very, very hard but thanks to President Trump and some executive orders he enacted which kind of take away
the power that unions have over their workers, over
the Democratic Party, we’ve seen a lot less union
strength and for the first time, the Merit Act has a real chance of passing in the House and the Senate because unions aren’t able to fight against it like they have previously. So before where unions
didn’t allow any reforms to be pushed through, now,
we’re finally seeing a stage set for these reforms to come forward. – And we see that even
in immigration, don’t we? We’ve heard that now when
you mentioned the merit, I thought oh I’ve heard that word before with the merit-based immigration for folks who wanna come
here, improve the country and not feed off of the welfare system, there’s a chance for you here. – Absolutely, and that is, and we’ve talked about it a little bit before with welfare reform. That is the foundation of this country is the idea that you have
the opportunity to succeed if you put in the necessary work. And our federal government
should work the same way as the private sector in
that if you put in the work, you can succeed but if you don’t, you’re not going to succeed and
it should be based on merit. So it is a really important initiative. And it’s also important to say, you know, we’ve talked a lot about
poor performing employees and firing employees, the
majority of our civil servants are good-hearted
Americans who want to work for the federal government
because they believe in improving the country but
when you have toxic actors, when you have bosses that
are engaging in misconduct, when you have employees that, I’ve literally read cases of employees who sit at their desk
and watch porn for hours while working on the government’s dime and have done this for years. A story just came out of
California of a DMV employee that sleeps at her desk,
takes a three hour nap every single day for the last four years. Those toxic employees bring
down the good employees and they make it harder
for the good employees to do their jobs. So when we talk about this
merit and this opportunity, it’s not just about
removing the bad actors. It’s about ensuring that the good actors can do their jobs and do them effectively without being weighed down by bad actors. – I have a physician friend. He’s a dermatologist and he
finds the same thing with, not necessarily government but
with the insurance companies and the drug companies that
they’ve made it so cumbersome and I suppose that Obamacare
is part of that too but he finds that colleagues
and even fresh doctors out of college don’t even
wanna be in this system because they see that same scenario where they’re being
dragged down by a system. So it brings me to my next question. Is it even possible to overhaul the entire system all at once and if not, what do we start with? – No, it’s definitely a process and it’s gonna be a lot of
small steps in Congress. Like I discussed that Merit Act, I think is the very important
first step because all it does is it allows, it empowers
managers to be able to remove poor performers which is
at the most basic level, the first change that we need to make is give management more power and give whistleblowers more power so that we can at least
identify who the bad actors are and then the next step is going to be further reining
in unions because right now, unions, they engage in long
and costly litigation processes that allow bad employees to stick around and even once you fired
them, unions will appeal it and the bad employee will come back. And so I think that second
step is really going to be reining in unions who, I mean these unions were
supposed to work for the employee and now, they’re working
more for the bad employees than they are the good
employees so first step is gonna be giving managers
that accountability and oversight over their own staff and then it needs to be reining in unions. It’s just gonna be chipping
away a little bit at a time until we can finally have
a civil service force that works for the people. – Now, Yeshua, Jesus told us to, with the coin, the situation
with the coin in the Bible, he said paid to Caesar what is Caesar’s and pay to God what is God’s. And even in some of the Epistles, we see that we are to
pray for our leaders. So if we to pray for our
leaders and pay our taxes. Certainly, we don’t want
to know that someone is, well, we do want to know but
we’re saddened by the fact that someone can sit at a
desk and do that all day. So as believers, what are
some interesting things that maybe believers
can do just on their own besides prayer. Any suggestions you might have. – Absolutely, so Americans
for Limited Government is actually leading an initiative to try to get the Merit Act passed. It is called #FireTheSwamp
that you guys can visit, firetheswamp.com and send a
letter to your congressman, just bring the situation
to their attention and urging them to pass
some of the reforms like the Merit Act. The first step really is
making sure our representatives are aware that this is an
issue because a lot of times, it is our representatives who benefit from a lack of change
within the civil service. So we need to kind of let
them know we’re watching and that we want this change to happen and by writing letters,
calling your representatives, it really forces them to
acknowledge that this is an issue. And you’re, now, you write a lot of articles on this. Do you have any favorite articles that you’ve written recently
about this that you believe our readers, er, our viewers should read some of the blogs written on this subject. – Absolutely, I recently
wrote for the dailytorch.com. You guys can catch an article
where I outlined everything that happened at FEMA and how
it could have been prevented with proper civil service reforms and that is my most recent
article but if you also search civil service reform or
civil service scandals is more than just the VA, that’s another piece I
wrote for the Daily Torch where I actually went by agency and address some of the
biggest abuse scandals and some of the issues that we’ve seen within the civil service and
so I think that’s kind of, that’s one that I always
kind of look back on and read through because
I hear these stories and I mean sometimes, it’s
just unbelievable for me to even read these and
to hear these stories. Like people call my office all the time and tell me, “This is the kind
of abuse that I experienced.” And there’s a lot more of
it than even we know about. So those two articles really help outline, I think, a lot of the
abuse that’s going on and I encourage people to read them so that they can be more
aware of what’s going on. – So some of the things you’ve said today are quite shocking. All these stories that come forth. And I’m thinking as you’re saying them, I haven’t heard of these
stories on national media and you’ve said that people
call you with these stories. So they’re they’re coming to
you from person to person. Why do you think we’re not
hearing this stuff on the media? – Well, the civil service
has worked really hard to protect itself. So one of the big issues
is once an individual engages in litigation
against their department. So for example, I’ve spoken with someone who actually sued the
Department of Veteran Affairs because of the workplace
abuse that they experienced and the department kept them
in litigation for years, years on end until
eventually that individual could no longer pay the legal fees and just had to make a settlement. And what the federal government
does in these settlements is they require individuals to sign non-disclosure agreements
which basically means I won’t go to the press and say everything that I’ve experienced and that
can be really fearful for, fear-inducing for a lot of employees who are scared that if they say something, they’ll never get a job again. So what I have done is really deep dive into congressional hearings
and records that I’ve read in order to shed light
on some of these stories while maintaining the anonymity
of the people recording them and I think that is the
reason that a lot of people have reached out to me directly because they realized
that I will report on this while keeping their identity secure but I know a lot of people are very scared to take on the federal government. And so they don’t wanna go to news outlets and kind of tell their story
which is very unfortunate because these are stories
that need to be heard. – Well, at least you’re telling them so I would encourage
anyone who’s watching this and knows of any of these abuses or maybe you work with the government and you’re experiencing
this kind of thing. You don’t know any way out,
Natalia’s your way out. Call Natalia, tell her the story. She’ll get it out there. Well, we wanna thank
you for watching today. We thank you very much
for joining us, Natalia and we’re gonna have
another episode next week. And we have, like I said, two more
episodes with Natalia Castro. In the next episode,
we’ll actually talk more about why college today is not worth it. In fact, some would even call it a scam. Even college students
themselves are saying this. I will also talk about gun ownership, plus in the final episode, Anny Reed will be sitting in
this chair talking with Natalia about issues facing conservative women and how environmental
protection affects your freedom. So we’ll see you next time. Shavua tov, have a good week. (calm mellow music)

17 thoughts on “Welfare and Civil Service Reform – Shabbat Night Live – 8/24/18

  1. I learn a lot from your videos and I'm a lunar sabbath keeper. Keep holding up the light so people can walk in the right direction.

  2. The woman might be very nice, but her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. She also has only got book learning and no life experience which makes her opinions very shallow. Sorry…had to turn in it off. btw… I worked in the income assistance dept for may years deciding whether someone was eligible for income assistance or not…and life is just not that black and white.

  3. 'if any would not work, neither should he eat' is one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. It does not mean people should starve, we are commanded to feed the poor. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 deals specifically with Paul and his 2 companions. They placed this upon themselves to be an example for the Thessalonians. This is no commandment from GOD.

    The problem with the welfare system is it favors single mothers and heavily penalizes men. Giving people the security of being able to eat and have a roof over their heads is why governments were created.

    Mark my words, Democrats will be out in droves voting because of the Republicans pushing work requirements. Why do Republicans always mess up when they get in control? Now we'll have to deal with transvestite rights and pedophilia rights…all because some Republicans and Christians don't want their tax dollars going to the poor.

  4. No welfare only disabled.When I was eight years old I ask my Mother for a nickle,she said get a job!I you don't work you don't eat.I started working for other people,At age11 I worked for a landlord for 42cents an hour ad I was proud to be working.

  5. It is an abomination to support any one to be in authority over others who supports either abortion, the LBGT lifestyle , the removal of God from the schools or the taking from one to give to another. They are all abominations to GOD.

    David, Man of God

  6. Gen 12:3
    And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
    Blessed!!! not enslave and/or slain!

  7. Our Savior Who Art in Heaven, Please Bless Everyone on Earth. (Especially "The Elites" & Their Minions Inside the World's Banks & Governments) Who Plot Against God & Their Fellow Man. So They'll Not Themselves Fall Into The Snares They've Set for Others. (May God Grant Them "The Wisdom to Change Their Ways" Before They May Pass & Face Judgement Day at His Throne). In Jesus Name, Amen <3

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