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The economy is at the top of every list of voter concerns. As pollsters dig a little deeper, it’s not the economy in general, it’s one’s own personal economy that troubles voters. If one’s personal economy has not taken a hit, the fear that it will be affected is enough to cause every one of us to carefully consider his or her vote. Buzz words like “hope” and “change” simply won’t be enough this year.

I have come to the conclusion that this election may hinge – not on the economy per se – but on the Eighth Commandment: “Thou shall not steal.”

The debate over the economy and the sister debate over tax cuts is confusing. However, everyone knows what stealing is, and everyone knows it is wrong.

Stealing is taking something – in this case, money – that is not yours, or taking something under false pretenses.

The Constitution is very clear on what the federal government can and cannot do. Most of the money that is spent in Washington is spent on things that clearly are not constitutional. It is stealing, pure and simple. That is why this nation is about to go over a cliff, financially.

The Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal debt could reach 87 percent of America’s gross domestic product by 2020 and surpass 100 percent of GDP by 2025. Clearly, we have reached the crisis stage.

Enter the religious right, which, for the most part, has been absent from this debate. For far too long, this highly motivated political movement that helped put Ronald Reagan in the White House, has ignored the Eighth Commandment.

For far too long, the highly influential political groups that grew to prominence during the Reagan years have kept us abreast of moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, pornography and anything-goes-as-long-as-it-goes-with-condom sex education, but neglected the basic issue of “stealing,” which not only robs us of our money but is robbing us of our liberty as well.

Thankfully, that is beginning to change. Go to the websites of the leading pro-family organizations, and you now see that they are beginning to focus on some of the economic issues like taxation, health care and our ballooning national debt.

Why did it take so long? Some say it was all about access. It’s flattering to be invited over to the White House for a little chitchat with the president or one of his chief lieutenants. Many still believe that you can’t affect policy if you don’t have a seat at the table so they hesitate to speak out for fear of being left out.

It is easy to understand why these organizations were reluctant to take on congressional leaders and presidents who championed their “traditional” issues but were spending us into oblivion. It’s tantamount to turning a family member over to the police.

That was then, and this is now. We can no longer afford the luxury of covering for any big-spending politicians.

I am happy to see that Concerned Women for America has joined several other organizations that focus on economic issues and is on the front line as part of the National Spending Revolt Tour. The next stop is an educational rally Friday in Irvine, Calif.

The nation’s largest public policy women’s organization will hold a training session for “Wal-Mart moms,” and others who are unhappy about the direction of health care and the economy.

A recent study showed that more than half of these moderate swing voters, who are married and raising children, voted for Barack Obama. Although they still support him, they are now more likely to vote Republican in the congressional election.

The study also shows that these hands that rock the cradles also pay the bills. These Wal-Mart moms have to balance their budgets, and they want Congress to do the same.

They may not understand how we piled up all this red ink, but they know it’s not healthy for the country and it’s not healthy for their kids. More important, they understand that when you lose the ability to control a fair portion of what you earn, freedom is just an illusion!

While the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to figure out a way to reach this crucial group of voters, the nonpartisan Concerned Women for America has the answer. CWA has a 30-year history of educating voters and bringing biblical principles to public policy.

Taking the public’s money under false pretenses is a public policy issue. It’s also known as stealing, and it’s the Eighth Commandment.

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