James Dobson’s Ministry is Struggling Because of ‘Economic Uncertainty and the Utter Foolishness of Obamacare’ January 4, 2014

James Dobson’s Ministry is Struggling Because of ‘Economic Uncertainty and the Utter Foolishness of Obamacare’

James Dobson, the one-time poster-boy for evangelical bigotry, now lives in what I can only assume is the sealed-off basement of the Focus on the Family headquarters where he runs his new Family Talk ministry in between rounds of coming up for sunlight. In an end-of-the-year letter to supporters, he asks them to send him money and explains why donations have been pretty stagnant this year:


I must close by telling you that our contributions during the summer and fall of 2013 have been far below our needs. It isn’t difficult to figure out where that leads. It is likely that this shortfall in income has been caused in part by economic uncertainty and the utter foolishness of Obamacare. But if you can help us here at the end of the year, it would be greatly appreciated.

Yeah… I’m sure that’s it.

It’s surely not the fact that Dobson’s brand of intolerance is so unpopular that even Christians no longer want much to do with him. It’s surely not that his long-time supporters are finally dying away, leaving behind kids who no longer want to join his side in the culture wars. It’s surely not because these excerpts from his website are so unbelievably embarrassing:

I believe many of the problems that plague this generation, from suicide to unwed pregnancy to murder, can be traced to the venom dripped into its veins by the entertainment industry in general.

it’s not difficult to understand why homosexuality appears to be on the rise. Given the high incidence of broken families and marriages, as well as the prevalence of pro-gay teaching in the public schools that urges boys and girls to “think gay” and experiment with role-reversal…

(By the way, Family Talk has been struggling financially for years, as Dobson so “candidly” reminds supporters in nearly every monthly newsletter since 2010.)

I guess what I’m saying here is that if any of you have spare cash, remember to mail Dobson pictures of it before spending it on your abortions and booze and homosexual orgyfests. It’ll make the experiences that much sweeter.

(via Right Wing Watch)

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  • It is likely that this shortfall in income has been caused in part by economic uncertainty and the utter foolishness of Obamacare.

    I just consider this a nice bonus.

    Does Obamacare increase literacy and decrease racism too?

  • Frank Mitchell

    Going off on a tangent, does anyone know how many businesses or individuals are significantly WORSE off under Obamacare? All the whinging about small businesses having to lay off employees because of the ACA sounds like so much table flipping, going Galt, and pushing toys out of the pram.

    As for economic uncertainty, a jobless recovery and a radical anti-government Congressional bloc will do that.

  • Marie Alexander

    This guy is positively hilarious.

  • Mr Ed

    So the Affordable Care Act is now the catch all excuse. “can’t come to work today, Obamacare.” “I only slept with the summer intern because of the uncertainty caused by Obamacare.”

  • I don’t live in Colorado Springs, but I do live in its Congressional district, and it’s my nearest city of any size (thankfully still a 90 minute drive). Its culture spills over the entire region. And in the last 20 years, I’ve seen a real change. While it’s still a pretty kooky place politically (how could it not be with its bizarre military economy?), it has definitely experienced a cultural shift. There’s a larger (or at least, more visible) alternative culture. Students at its schools are more vocally progressive. Multiple church scandals have eaten into the megachurch culture. The Gazette, a major voice of craziness, continues its slide into obscurity. And Focus on the Family is nearly invisible these days. All positive changes.

    Even Colorado Springs has become progressive enough to recognize that what Focus is peddling isn’t something anybody needs. If the lack of financial support that Focus is seeing is the result of people having less money, you have to wonder why local charities that are helping with recent wildfire and flood losses are receiving so much support.

  • Svelaz

    Wow, talk about begging. How about this idea for Dobson. It’s one that many conservatives like him always say when one is in….ahem such dire straits. GET A JOB! Rather than sit on his duff and moan and complain that homosexuals and non believers are making it difficult for him to beg for money he could just do what any-pull-you-bootstraps conservative does. WORK! Bag groceries or sell scentsy crap, whatever. OR if he insists on begging he should at least beg in a more Christian manner and go to the nearest street corner and make a sign that reads, “Poor former conservative Christian champion fallen on hard times. Anything would help, Bless you”.

  • Carpinions

    It starts and ends with money. These people are the most successful freeloaders on Earth. They do nothing, and get everything for it as long as they say things that propagate hatred, and/or susperstition, and/or traditional cultural memes, and/or political advoca-*cough*-personal views.

    I have to laugh maniacally when conservatives bitch about having to pay taxes or government programs that provide for the poor. These people then turn around and willingly cough up hundreds or thousands of dollars – unquestioned – each year to paying for a shaman’s life and property. They can’t even use personal choice as a defense: regardless of which church they go to, they’re still paying for someone’s life and property, who has no other skills to contribute substantively to the society at large. On top of the fact that said shamans are also given lots of social deference and slack because of such a “noble” undertaking…

  • LesterBallard

    Apparently, in many cases, it decreases literacy and increases racism. But then, just the fact of his presidency seems to do those things.

  • Terry Firma

    And it’s so pliable. Really runs the gamut.

    “I’m breaking up with you. It’s not you, it’s Obamacare.”

    “Yes Your Honor, I did rape my 14-year-old niece. Obamacare.”

  • Guest

    What a glorious day it will be when Christ is resurrected and he righteously strips the less-affluent of their health insurance!

  • The Captain

    “economic uncertainty and the utter foolishness of Obamacare.”

    Ahh yes, just one more piece of public proof that a large portion of christianity in the US is primarily a political movement rather than a religious one.

    And since I’m sure, Dobson’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act is to have the guberment do absolutely nothing to help anyone get healthcare, It also is a fine display of that strange US phenomenon where the very people who most reject Darwinism and evolution are the very same ones who most embrace a social darwinistic economic system.

    Hey James maybe people are leaving your church because their loved ones don’t have healthcare and you lobby against them having it!

  • “it’s not difficult to understand why homosexuality appears to be on the rise.”

    Maybe it’s not on the rise. Maybe teh gays were there all along. Maybe they’re just coming out of the closet now that you’re not allowed to lynch them anymore. But I guess that is too difficult to understand.

  • mhelbert

    Hey Hemant, I’m a follower of Jesus. I raised my kids in the 80’s with an eye to Dobson, et al. I can confidently say that I was sooo wrong. Dobson is a second tier psychologist and a non-theologian. I really hope that his organizations go belly-up because of the hate that comes out of them. Please know that not all followers of Jesus subscribe to his position. Thanx, mike

  • Jim Chambers

    I love this response. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m totally pilfering it. 😉

  • Jim Chambers

    How is anybody still using the “bad economy” schtick? The Dow is at around 16,000+ and Nasdaq is equally high. Obviously someone is making a shit-ton of money somewhere. The “bad economy” is just greedy people being extra greedy.

  • I think the point there is that the already-rich the ones who most benefited from the increase of Dow, etc. That’s what tends to happen during an ever-widening wage-gap.

  • Focus spent well over a half million dollars in 2008 in support of Proposition 8 in California. That expenditure forced them into layoffs (isn’t that family friendly?) and a financial weakness they’ve never fully recovered from.

    Had they actually applied their resources towards helping people, they might be in a very different position today.

  • jim

    I first saw Dobson on local TV back in the 80s and like you thought he had some good ideas on child rearing and family. But somewhere along the line he started injecting really conservative, bigoted religious statements. It quickly became obvious that he had first sold the show as a family psychology show, and then shifted into religious fundamentalism and conservative politics. I quickly tired of him and his hateful messages.

  • The Captain

    One of the biggest mistakes made in economics here in the US is believing that a stock market is an actual indicator of how an economy is doing as a whole.

  • I saw quite a bit of Fox News at my relatives’ homes over the holidays. They are really hunting for any negative story on “Obamacare” and the stories are more picky and absurd every day. Only now are Republicans starting to figure out that repeal is going nowhere. They are stuck with it but still think they can use it as a campaign issue in 2014 like they did in 2010.

  • Every now and then people I know laugh when some obviously gay famous person “comes out”. These folks cannot imagine that a nice person who is a good neighbor and decent ethical person could be gay. They are so inundated with anti-gay propaganda that they just can’t imagine that someone they like could be homosexual. So yes, when they see that some celebrity they like has come out they imagine that they weren’t gay all along. There is no rise in homosexuality. it’s just that gays are less and less willing to pretend to be straight to avoid the disapproval of strangers.

  • I was raised in the 80s. Often on Sunday nights we watched his films along with anti-Catholic and anti-Mormon propaganda. It didn’t keep me from being gay. It made me guilty and ashamed of being gay until I worked my way through that in my early 20s. He gives very bad advice. It’s also possible that his organization has reached its expiration point. All such movements, for good or ill, eventually do. Even like minded people may just be supporting a different but similar organization.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    The stock markets are doing just fine; “quatitative easing” by the Fed has certainly helped, and the focus of government help on the upper tiers of the economy is noticable. The super-rich are super-richer than ever. Many corporations are raking in record profits. So: where are the jobs?

    According to conservative “trickle-down” economics, letting super-rich people and corporations keep more of their money (by lowering taxes) helps everybody, because the super-rich are the “job creators.” It should be clear to anyone who is paying attention that we have lived that experiment, and the hypothesis has failed.

  • To quote my right wing relatives…”there are plenty of jobs but people just don’t want to do them!” So Dobson can get one of those jobs at McDonald’s or Walmart.

  • I think we need to define “small”. Businesses with under 50 employees aren’t affected.

  • It’s been a long time since the Dow was an indicator of how things were going for most Americans. Just because a company is posting record profits and has soaring stock prices doesn’t mean the employees will be getting raises or any new jobs will be created. That’s been true since at least the early 2000s.

  • Miss_Beara

    There has always been unwed pregnancies, suicides and murders. He is just another conservative looking at the past through rose colored glasses.

  • Layla13

    It rained today. I blame Obamacare.
    My printer ran out of ink. I blame Obamacare.
    I stubbed my toe. I blame Obamacare.

  • TheG

    What indicator do you prefer? Home prices are on the rise, new home sales are up, unemployment is down, discretionary consumer spending is rising, new car sales…

  • Frank Mitchell

    That’s probably it. “Republican Jesus help me! I’ve got 53 employees! If I don’t lay four people off the Death Panels will get me!”

  • randomfactor

    “Thanks, Obama!”

  • Miss_Beara

    It’s suppose to be 10 below on Monday. I blame obamacare.
    My hand has fallen asleep. I blame obamacare.
    My cat barfed on the rug yesterday. I blame obamacare.

  • Agni Ashwin

    Beware of Greeks bearing health insurance.

  • skyblue

    A family member of mine overheard someone blaming snowstorm-related flight delays in NYC on Obamacare. The reasoning was, without Obamacare, the airline could just hire so many more people, and then all the flights would be on time. (Clearly, before Obamacare, snowstorms never messed up airports?)

    Some of this stuff is so delusional you just have to stand in awe and wonder at the absurdity.

  • The Captain

    Employment figures, payroll estimates, manufacturing numbers, import/export figures, ect….

    But to rely on just one indicator that can easaly rise when the rest all drop is a foolish way of looking at an economy.

  • randomfactor

    Maybe Dobson’s search engines are just getting better at finding him gay porn.

  • WallofSleep

    I think they focus their energy on Obamacare just so they don’t slip up and let out a “There’s a n****r in the White House! Shits all fucked up!” But I’m only guessing.

  • randomfactor

    It might increase atheism.

    Atheism tends to prosper where people are no longer frightened and stressed by needless illness and economic uncertainty.

  • WallofSleep

    It couldn’t possibly be that his message is old, busted, bigoted and irrelevant. Oh no, it has to be Obamacare, or Obamaburger, or Obamagolf, or… it’s Obama fucking up something, I know that much. Has to be.

  • WallofSleep

    “He is just another conservative looking at the past through rose colored glasses”

    He and his ilk see quite clearly. It’s the rest of us little people that his kind are trying to sell said glasses to.

  • My local GOP keep digging for horror stories and promising they’re getting tons. They’ve shared only a few, all very short on detail.

  • Olive Markus


    I went from having been denied all health insurance for two years to finally being able to join a state pool (that was set up as preparation for Obamacare) for $300 a month and a $5000 deductible last year to now having FREE insurance with a $500 deductible.


    I have extra money now all because of Obamacare. Guess who’s not getting a dime of it?

  • Olive Markus

    Yeah, if they were getting tons, we’d hear about every single one.

    It’s weird. It must be a massive Liberal Conspiracy that all of the millions of horror stories are being suppressed….

  • KMR

    His business/ministry is ending more than likely for the exact reasons you stated. My Mom has been a supporter of him. She was diagnosed with an advanced stage of colon cancer yesterday. He will no longer be getting any money from her.

    I don’t dislike him because of his beliefs just as I don’t dislike my Mom. My Mom is a wonderful mother and I am lucky to have had her even if we disagree on virtually everything. But I wish his ministry hadn’t been polarizing. He and others sharing his beliefs are so distrustful of everything and everyone different from them seeing enemies and encouraging a theology that is truly harmful. For my mother her distrust was focused on the medical community so she neglected to partake of any kind of preventative screens. For other fundamentals it may take the form of distrusting the government, distrusting atheists, homosexuals, etc. He didn’t come up with his theology so I don’t bare him undue ill-will. He simply practiced it well and if there’s one thing that’s accurate in the Bible you tend to reap what you sow. I don’t look forward to that with glee but I’ll be relieved when his influence is gone. My mother on the other hand I will desperately miss.

  • So you admit to stealing taxpayers hard earned money to get ‘free’ health care.


  • The Starship Maxima

    “I only slept with the summer intern because of the uncertainty caused by Obamacare.”

    Now that was funny.

  • mhelbert

    Please don’t be ashamed of who you are.

  • bismarket 1

    I blame Elvis & those wanton sexual hips….uh huh hu!

  • bismarket 1

    Hi Mike, It’s nice to hear that not all believers think we hate them, live & let live i say.☮

  • Jordan

    The only real danger to health care reform (PPACA or Single Payer) is the Democrats. If they keep pushing the mandates back, the pools wont work and the system will fail. It’s just math.

  • Olive Markus

    Ooooh. You could totally work for Fox News :D.

  • Exactly. And notice how it’s always the next part of ACA that’s going to cause the big problems. As for short on detail, they are learning. Last time Fox had on people being “hurt” by the new law, experts looked into their issues and found that they were actually helped, not hurt by the law.

  • Where were you when I was 17??? J/K I’m fine now. (And probably you weren’t even born yet when I was 17. LOL)

  • Cake

    I’m happy to donate money to Dr James Dobson. I encourage all of you to send him money. I’ve sent some more off just a few minutes ago. It’s just waiting for him.

    In heaven.

  • Well, comprehensive healthcare is supposed to eliminate disease, so if Dobson’s garage hate lab goes down, great! That’s one less source of malevolent social disease.

  • Derrik Pates

    “Money is the root of all evil. Please send it to us instead.”

  • Derrik Pates

    Clearly that’s why the religious right hates it so much. Without constant fear over something, they might have to close some churches.

  • Willard

    Could it be because of HIPA regulations they are unable to disclose the stories? Nahhh

  • paulalovescats

    From Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, who was in one of those newsletters: SLANTED MUCH? hahaha

    “After two decades of bitter back
    and forth, one of the last strongholds for morality in America finally
    buckled. Late this afternoon, despite a relentless push by Scouts in
    every state, the National Council exchanged a century-old legacy for a
    false compromise that puts an American tradition on the pathway to
    extinction. After 103 years of principled leadership, the organization
    proved that it was incapable of the same kind of courage it’s been
    instilling in American boys since the beginning of the 1900s. By a
    lopsided vote, delegates ushered into the Boy Scouts a new era of moral
    compromise, allowing homosexual boys and turning against a majority of
    members in the process. It took strong-armed tactics, political sharks,
    and corporate harassment, but the national leadership of BSA finally
    succeeded in forcing through a…policy that robs the Scouts of its

  • paulalovescats

    I just checked out the Gazette. At first I thought it was the Onion.

  • So true. Just today they are running an editorial that says the ship trapped in Antarctic ice is yet another demonstration that there’s no global warming. The person responsible is a Catholic, and has also written frequently on the value of Christianity, has attacked atheists for billboards and their “war on Christmas”, and other such topics we’re all familiar with.

    Apparently, the Gazette’s editorial board is incapable of embarrassment.

  • mhelbert

    Hey, Houndentenor, I’m pretty sure I was around. I’m 58 years old. I wish that I knew then what I know now. Dobson’s a hack at best. I’m glad you’re fine now. In spite of me, so are my kids. Blessings! m

  • diogeneslamp0

    My dad, who is 84 and watches Fox 24/7, insisted he had to have his hernia operation before Obamacare kicked in. The only day available was the day before Thanksgiving, so there went Turkey Day. Because you know, the minute the ACA kicks in, doctors will all be drunk and nurses will stop washing their hands and be covered in sores from the Plague.

  • diogeneslamp0

    We’re stealing that.

  • Plus, long term unemployment, average length of time between jobs, stagnant wages, etc. There are a LOT of indicators. Looking at just one (any one) is foolish. There is both good and bad news in these numbers. It’s dishonest to pick and choose to prove whatever narrative you want to tell. The economy is back for some and not for others. For example: I know people who have limited opportunities where they are but because they are underwater on their home (assuming they could sell it since there are three empty foreclosed houses in their neighborhood) they are stuck where they are for the foreseeable future. That’s hardly “good”. Better than the complete meltdown we were in five years ago, but a lot of people are in serious trouble and things are not getting any better for them.

    P.S. Before believing any news source about the economy, read what they were saying in 2007. Every major bank had a hiring freeze and cost cutting measures in place by early 2007 because they all knew the crash was coming. Was your news source informing you of this, because they knew? Or were they telling you that housing prices would continue to go up?

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Don’t you see? It’s because of the ACA that the heat miser is now sick and if not for the ACA the heat miser could take on the snow miser and we would have a tropical winter.

  • LutherW

    I sure Joe Klein will note how funny it is that you do not see atheists claiming that Obamacare cost them donations.

  • LutherW

    Obamacare did not cause the ship to be trapped? What kind of a left wing publication is that.

  • Close churches? That sounds like a waste of building space. I’m thinking a total conversion. Transform those buildings into centers of inquiry where the scientific method is routinely used. Where concepts like natural biology, germ theory, and chemistry are the norm. A place where critical thinking is an absolute must! A place that is absolutely necessary for the health of society and the people in general.

    You know…a medical clinic or hospital!

  • LutherW

    I know of a person that only took a job with a startup enterprise because of Obamacare. Otherwise this person would have had to work for a larger organization. Thus Obamacare provided more personal freedom and helped a startup business. Just one true anecdote.

  • Thank you. I now have the Heat Miser song stuck in my head…

  • trj

    Here’s the alternative version to put you out of your misery.

  • let’s take a poll:

    raise your hand/leave a post if you:

    -paid a capital gains tax in excess of $5,000 this year
    -created a job in a business you own thanks to a tax cut
    -got a job that directly related to lower taxes on a corporation
    -increased your personal wealth thanks to lower taxes in states like MI and WI, where republican govs have spread those benes for corps
    -found a better paying job in a non-union employment situation that was once dominated by union employees

    i’m sure it will be a long list of responses. /s

  • JPT

    Before Dobson got forced out of FOTF, he did a show which warned about leaving an inheritance to grandchildren—the implication that the unearned wealth could engender immature, dissolute lifestyles.

    “Don’t let your generosity become the vehicle which leads them to eternal damnation. Call this number, to see what you can do to avoid this dreadful pitfall.”

    The number was to their bequeathment ministry. Another example of evangelical terrorism.

  • james

    How much time must have to pass until anyone understands that preaching is not a real job,
    How embarrasing, a person qith a doctor degree and living on donations instead of working.


    The idea that imposing a particular religion on the country will solve all the country’s problems is personified by the idiocy of James Dobson.

  • cary_w

    Yup, thanks to Obamacare my daughter and her Christian boyfriend are getting married this spring because they will be able to stay on their respective parents health insurance and get free birth control so they can finish their last year of college before having kids, otherwise they’d probably just live in sin next year because they wouldn’t have been able to afford private insurance. Obamacare is causing the downfall of society, all right, it’s making it possible for college students to get married.

  • Glasofruix

    That card should say “Send moar moneyz”.

  • Mary C

    I’m an orthopaedic RN working on a joint replacement unit. November
    and December are always our busiest months of the year for several
    reasons (people taking advantage of time off work, deductibles already
    being met, and using up FSA’s). Several weeks ago, a patient, observing
    how busy we were, stated that she heard it was from all the people
    losing their insurance coverage in January due to Obamacare.

    When I told her this was a normal December for us, and our surgeons actually expect to be busier than usual in 2014 because of people GAINING coverage from the ACA, she looked at me like I was no longer her RN but an alien that spouted
    three heads.

  • (Springy G throws $0.25 CDN into the celestial basket) I can support that cause, too. 😀

  • I think Archer captures the appropriate response to James Dobson’s tears quite well:


  • Greg G.

    How about a BBQ joint specializing in Baby Back Ribs and Tater Tots in child-sized servings?

  • Greg G.

    It’s people like you who make the internet look brown from coffee-stained monitors. However, they believe Jesus was already resurrected and are waiting for his return. Waiting… waiting… any day now… waiting… for going on 2000 years.

  • smrnda

    This is a huge issue with startups, which shows how the Republican agenda is really not pro business at all, unless you mean ‘pro existing big business.’ The lack of guaranteed health care means going into business for yourself is much riskier than it would be in other countries, and smaller employers have a harder time competing with large, existing employers on health care.

    I am a software developer. While working for a startup, I kept a job at a day care for 20 hours a week just so I wouldn’t *die of preventable causes.*

  • Ooooh… start taking shots at millions of people, and that’s when the gloves come off!

    It isn’t taxpayer money, Ignoramus – it’s pool money, set up by fair contributions. If I had to go on that system, I would not feel the least bit badly that my prescriptions were paid by younger, healthy people who were forced to pay. An accident could happen no matter what your condition, and if you’re in that pool it may be a mauling, or it may be a flea bite which your bank account is spared, but the economy remains stable either way!

  • Is that in the size FOR a child or the size OF a child?

  • katiehippie

    My mother really doesn’t like Elvis because of that.

  • katiehippie

    OOooooo, I understand now. There’s ice in my freezer so global warming can’t be real…….

  • Arval Becker

    I drove by the gated community where his million dollar plus “humble abode” is located, and I didn’t see any for sale signs. BTW the Scam Shop… err I mean his ministry actually owns the house so they don’t have to pay the taxes that would be on the property.

  • Nomad

    Ya’know, only four days ago there were homosexual orgyfests going on not that far from me. It was a New Year’s party, and I know that there were… things.. going on, based on what I heard from other people. I was boring and just played card games with friends. If I’d known Dobson was so hard up (so to speak) for cash, I could have contributed a bottle of booze or two to the merrymakers and sent him a report on the money that I used for that purpose instead of sending to him.

  • Dave The Sandman

    Great snark….but needs a little editing:

    What a glorious day it will be when Christ is resurrected and he righteously strips the less-affluent of their health insurance…..and their food stamp support, minimum wage rights, rights to a decent education for their kids, welfare support….and right to vote!

  • Camorris

    Or how about shelters for the homeless?

  • Camorris

    I assume Dobson’s organization is exempt from taxes and its finances go undisclosed. If true, how do we know Dobson is not siphoning funds into his personal treasury in order to continue living comfortably when his empire crumbles?

  • Camorris

    Especially the right to vote! Jesus will be Lord and Master and in charge of everything. No need for elections – just lots of police.

  • Wildcard

    It was sarcasm dude. That is what the /fox-spin was for.

  • Well, if that be the case, then please excuse me! You know, I’m starting to think we need emoticons around here.

  • diogeneslamp0

    “I had fun hooking up with you last week. Why didn’t I call you again? … Obamacare.”

  • It’s cool, I had a chuckle 🙂

  • Remember, you don’t get the million dollars till you leave town.

  • Cake

    Plain hotdog with bun, no condiments.

  • Also good!

  • I’m tempted to buy a stack of Hell Money and send it to him.

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