Sermon on the mount…ting credit crisis…

Posted: 21/09/2008 in Uncategorized
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Continuing to follow the manufactured crisis of the current economic meltdown a definite trend is beginning to develop. And it’s the same trend that follows every other problem built by the left minded people of this country. It works like this:

Lefty A; “Free enterprise seems to be working. We can’t have that, it’ll ruin everything we’ve worked for!”

Lefty B; “Yes I know! We’ve worked so hard to establish equality and fairness for all. We can’t allow all those rich people to hang on to their hard earned money.”

Lefty A; “That’s right! It just isn’t fair to those who don’t have an opportunity to be like the rich.”

Lefty B; “Hey, I have an idea. I know how we can get these rich people to give their money to the disadvantaged, and they won’t even realize what we’re doing.”

Lefty A; “How can we do that? After all, they’re masters at lying and manipulation and all that.”

Lefty B; “It’s a simple plan. I learned it back in college when I was getting a degree in Liberal Arts.”

Lefty A; “Ooh! It must be a really great plan then. Let’s hear it!”

Lefty B; “It works like this; we come up with some way to make people feel like something is wrong, some sort of dire catastrophe. Then we prey on their emotions, make them feel really bad about these people that are suffering from this problem.”

Lefty A; “Wow. That’s so simple, how come we didn’t do it before?”

Lefty B; “Actually, we’ve been doing it for years now. That’s how we’ve been able to get all of these rules and regulations passed into law. Taxes are a great way to get people to part with their money, especially if they don’t really know what it’s for.”

Lefty A; “You’re right! I never thought of it that way. Come to think of it, before long, we’ll be in total control, and then, everyone will be equal to each other. I love taxes. I love regulation. That’s a good way to keep those greedy capitalists in line.”

Lefty B; “Correct! And since they still get to make money, they won’t complain too much about all of the rules and regulations that are in place to make sure people stay in line. Everybody deserves to be equal. Someday, everyone will have a wide screen TV, a beautiful home, a nice car, and all of the other things the rich have.”

Lefty A; “ Love it! But who’s going to pay for all of this?”

Lefty B; “Everyone will pay. The rich will pay, but they’ll raise the price of the stuff they make to make up for the difference in their higher taxes and increased regulation. And the poor will pay too! They’re so stupid, they won’t realize that even though they get out of paying income tax, they’re paying more for the stuff they buy because the taxes will be hidden in the higher cost.”

Lefty A; “Oh, I get it now, we make the disadvantaged think that they’re being treated unfairly by the rich, and they’ll demand that the rich pay higher taxes. They’ll think that the rich are evil and deceitful. And then the rich will pass the new taxes along, thinking that they’re outsmarting the poor by raising prices. Brilliant scheme.”

Lefty B; “Right. Brilliant scheme it is! I wonder who comes up with these plans?”

Too bad I’m not an artist. It would make a great cartoon strip. But in the end, we get down to the nitty gritty of the thing, and have to look at the real problem here. And that’s precisely what the Socialist don’t want us to see. As long as the aspect of responsibility exists, they cannot win. As soon as that aspect is gone, and people don’t believe they have to be responsible for what they do, then we’re squarely in the Socialist pockets, and freedom will be gone.

There seems to be some sort of conflicting argument as to all of these welfare schemes being hatched, both individual and corporate wise, in Washington. On the one hand, the feeling is that all men are equal, but on the other, men are not. As our Constitution says, all men are in fact created equal by God. No doubt about that. but that doesn’t mean that every person deserves the same life every other person has. Decades ago, there was no problem between the haves and the have not’s. People knew what it meant to be poor, and they also knew what it meant to be rich. You had your place in life and knew what it was.

In other societies, you had no way of bettering yourself, you were what you were. But here in the United States, you have opportunity, or once had opportunity, to better yourself. Of course, you could also ruin yourself as well, if you weren’t careful. The dividing line here is what we call morality, and unfortunately, because the Socialists refuse to allow God to enter the picture, that dividing line has become obfuscated over the last few decades. God no longer has the same place in America as he once did. Hence the idea that we can take from the rich and give to the poor, and that’s perfectly OK, as long as the Socialists are able to gain more power from it.

I was reading in Proverbs last night, and up popped some verses that apply specifically to what’s going on today in the financial market. If you think about it, we’re getting exactly what we deserve, and nothing more. Let’s look at a few of them:

Proverbs 22: 22,23 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor, or crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and plunder those who plunder them. Seems pretty clear that if you take advantage of the poor and exploit them by charging excessive interest on loans and taking advantage of their poverty by increasing your own wealth, you’ll get what you deserve.

Proverbs 22:26,27 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from you. This also seems clear that if you live beyond your means, you’ll lose what property you have that you don’t deserve. If you can’t pay, you shouldn’t play.

Proverbs 23: 4,5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; Have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone… Seems to me as though we have no right to want to be like someone we perceive to be better off that ourselves. Problems exist for the rich and the poor alike. They just seem like they’re different because of the types of problems encountered. Look at all of the people who have huge SUV’s, fancy boats, ATV’s and all kinds of other toys and gadgets. How many of them are up for sale because they cannot afford to pay for them?

Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, But he who trusts in the Lord will prosper. A greedy man stirs up dissension. Hmm. The left keeps calling the rich greedy, but who is it that keeps stirring the pot of argument?

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. I think the message is that as a nation, we need to take care of those who are in need, and those who are in need should not look to have the same as those who are well off. If you’re too proud of yourself, sooner or later you are certain to fall. I believe that is what is happening in the markets today. Too many people are abusing the practice of borrowing and lending, without sufficient security to cover the losses. Credit and investing are not sure fire ways to make money. It’s nothing more than a gamble, at best. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. If you win, you should be glad, and share with those in need, but if you lose, you shouldn’t be expecting others to come to your rescue. If you can’t pay, you shouldn’t play. It’s an old adage that been around for centuries in one form or another, but it is based upon the truth.

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