Behold the Power of Prayer: Harrisburg, PA files for bankruptcy protection.

Remember back in June when I wrote about the mayor of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Linda Thompson, announcing she was going to fast for three days and pray like crazy in the hopes that God would provide her with the means of solving the city’s deficit problems?

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a snippet:

The mayor is going to not eat for three days and pray like she’s never prayed before. Yeah, that’ll probably work. God responds so well to people who starve themselves and beg him repeatedly to do something. Why I’m sure they’ll wake up on the fourth day to find the city’s coffers suddenly overflowing with money from nowhere.

Well it appears that God must hate either Linda Thompson or the city of Harrisburg as they’ve just announced they’re filing for bankruptcy:

Pennsylvania’s capital has authorized a bankruptcy filing, making the city the nation’s highest-profile municipality to acknowledge that it can no longer handle its burdensome debt.

Harrisburg’s city council authorized the measure Tuesday after the government spent the past year and a half trying to find a solution to its $300 million debt crisis.

In the face of a continuing political battle over whether the city should restructure its debts, Harrisburg’s leaders finally capitulated and said the Chapter 9 filing is the only way out of the situation.

via Pennsylvania’s State Capital Seeks Bankruptcy Protection – US Business News – CNBC.

Prayer is really just another name for wishful thinking and the problem with wishful thinking is that reality has a way of crushing it in time. Especially when you try to use it to solve real-world problems rather than, you know, doing something useful.

Perhaps next time the voters in Harrisburg go to the ballot box they should try to elect someone who has a better plan than begging to an absentee God to solve their problems.

Harrisburg, PA Mayor turns to prayer to solve city’s financial problems.

Up next in our ongoing series of incompetent politicians turning to public displays of religiosity in place of actually doing something useful is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s mayor Linda Thompson. It seems the city is facing a looming deficit of $3.5 million dollars which is expected to grow to $10.4 million by 2015. A good portion of the problem stems from an incinerator project started in 2003 that was supposed to be a revenue generator, but has instead has been a money hole.

So, of course, there’s only one possible solution:

“Things that are above and beyond my control, I need God,” Thompson told WHTM TV, the region’s ABC news affiliate. “I depend on Him for guidance. Spiritual guidance. That’s why it’s really no struggle for me to join this fast and prayer.”

The mayor is going to not eat for three days and pray like she’s never prayed before. Yeah, that’ll probably work. God responds so well to people who starve themselves and beg him repeatedly to do something. Why I’m sure they’ll wake up on the fourth day to find the city’s coffers suddenly overflowing with money from nowhere.

Personally, I think if the mayor can’t come up with any solutions beyond fasting and prayer then perhaps she should reconsider her career and let someone who isn’t a drooling idiot take over who might have more practical ideas to try.

This is the problem with electing people because they share your religious views and say things you want to hear. Too often they don’t have the skills it takes to actually run things properly and when faced with a crisis they turn to useless displays of piety because they either can’t or won’t consider ideas that would help due to their ideological blinders. This is especially true of anyone who claims to be a TEA Party member who ends up being particularly flustered when their ideological approach doesn’t work thanks to reality getting in the way.

But I suppose the folks in Harrisburg are simply getting the government they wanted, and deserved, for electing an idiot to office.

Hat tip to @HumanityPlague for sending this in.