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Koukl on Wealth and Capitalism: Is it greedy?

Posted in Economy, Humanity, Religion with tags , , , on July 14, 2010 by raingeg

Here’s a couple of older posts I found on Greg Koukl’s website Stand to Reason blog. It seems that there are a lot of Christians, particularly my younger peers, that want to buy the left’s ideas (fibs) about Capitalism and greed. I hope this helps you out a little.

Greg Koukl, STR, Wealth and the Bible:

I attended a lecture on “Wealth and Poverty in Scripture,” given by Dr. Jonathan Witt, in which he contrasted two polar opposite theologies–Prosperity Gospel teachings (God wants you to have a concentration of wealth) and Liberation Theology (God wants us to redistribute concentrations of wealth)–and then discussed some passages in the Bible often used to argue for or against private property and wealth.

Since I can cover only a small part of this in a single blog post, I’ll boil down the lecture and my response to it to two important points:

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Greg Koukl, STR, Are You a Greedy Capitalist?

I’m at the Acton Institute and I’m thinking about greed.  Greed is the essence of capitalism, right?  Michael Douglas captured this sentiment as corporate villain, Gordon Gekko, in the 1987 movie Wall Street.

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed – for lack of a better word – is good.  Greed is right.  Greed works.  Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore echoes this attitude in his movie Capitalism:  A Love Story, calling the free market system “legalized greed.”  Well, if Hollywood is correct, then a free market economy isn’t an option for the Christian.  Jesus is clear on the matter:  “”Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Greed is immoral.  But is capitalism based on greed?  No, and if you think so, you’ve bought into the myth.

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I first heard Greg on Hugh Hewitt’s show and he did a good job defending the faith, I hope you enjoy his ideas.

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Federal Gov. Pays for Deads Heating and Cooling, Woman Keeps Corpse for 11 Years

Posted in Economy, Humor, Politics with tags , , on July 7, 2010 by raingeg

It wasn’t too long ago that I watched the movie Psycho for the first time, I know, I have no excuse as to why it took so long. You ask yourself after that movie if anyone really does keep dead people around like that. Apparently they do.

AP:

A 91-year-old woman found living with the corpses of her husband and twin sister will be allowed to keep them if she installs a mausoleum or crypt, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Its not just one corpse, its two! I guess the weirdest part about this story is the fact that her husband died in 1999! So for the last 11 years she has been tending to her dead husbands body.

State police have been investigating the bizarre case since the corpses were discovered in mid-June. Authorities found the body of James Stevens on a couch in the detached garage and the body of June Stevens on a couch in a spare room off the bedroom.

This sends shivers down my spine.

I actually feel kind of bad for the lady, she is lonely and apparently claustrophobic and didn’t want to think of her relatives stuck in a coffin. To that I say, there’s always cremation. But, really, you must be asking some of the same questions that I am.

In other news, the federal government has no problem sending money to dead people.

CNS News.com-

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government helped pay the home air conditioning bills for more than 11,000 dead people, 1,100 federal employees, and 725 convicts in fiscal year 2009.

The payments were made by a $5 billion program known as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is designed to provide federal assistance, administered by the states, to help people pay the energy bills to heat their homes in the winter and cool them in the summer. The funds are disbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services and are distributed based on a formula that takes into account a state’s weather and the size of its low-income population.

“Our analysis of LIHEAP data revealed that the program is at risk of fraud and providing improper benefits in all seven of our selected states,” reported the GAO. “About 260,000 applications–9 percent of households receiving benefits in the selected states–contained invalid identity information, such as Social Security numbers, names, or dates of birth.”

Now, the obvious question is why, with today’s technology, is there not some sort of system that the applications could have been run through to make sure that nothing fraudulent was going on. Better yet, why not just use the system that the GAO is using, whatever that may be.

“The identities of over 11,000 deceased individuals were used as applicants or household members for LIHEAP benefits,” reads the GAO report. “Our analysis matching LIHEAP data to the SSA’s death master file found these individuals were deceased before the LIHEAP application date.”

Every time I call my bank and talk to a rep from customer service I have to verify who I am, generally using the last four digits of my social security number, what’s even more impressive is that they can tie that social security number to my identity, all in about three minutes. There was one application lacked any proof of identification like a social security number or a drivers license number. These are the people you’d like in charge of you health care.

HT: Memeorandum

NJ Gov. Christie Talks to the Media

Posted in Economy, Politics with tags , on May 14, 2010 by raingeg

Paul Ryan Videos/Why Don’t we Have Beards in DC?

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Humor, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by raingeg

I am by no means turning into a Ryan zealot, but I think I’d like to see Paul Ryan run against the president in 2012. What do you think?

Video from Weekly Standard.

I’ve posted on Ryan before and I think he would make a pretty good competitor.

Also, I’d like to address the lack of beards, or any sort of facial hair in Washington, it bugs me. Do you think we could have a bipartisan summit on the topic of government and facial hair? Those of us who do sport facial hair feel very underrepresented. Please bring facial hair back to Washington!

As I pointed out in November, there were plenty of beards and mustaches in the White House and in Washington in the past. Can you think of one beard in Washington today? Just one? If you can please let me know so this person can be celebrated, I will make this a nonpartisan event.

The Joel Gaines Show 2-14-10

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by raingeg

After a bit of a break from the blogging world, I am back and still suffering from writers block. As I work out my new sleep and exercise schedule, which to my blogging demise means I have to sleep more and be away from the computer more. That said, here’s yesterdays ep of The Joel Gaines Show the Valentines edition.

Click here to download the show.

What Joel is talking about this week:

Let’s take a look at the state of the American economy. I have some sobering news for you on this front.

As the health care takeover begins to crumble, congressional democrats are starting to point fingers – who do you think they are going to blame? We’ll discuss one of the scapegoats today.

Global Warming AKA Climate Change – another Obama initiative on the ropes – is in tatters world-wide as fewer drink the Kool-Aid.

I would like to take an opportunity to agree with George Will today – I’ve been at odds with him on a couple of topics, but let’s take a look at the DC School Choice initiative and compare their attitude towards that with their approach to health care reform. I think you will find this interesting. As we will expose the hypocritical nature of the American leftists.

Iran is claiming to be able to enrich uranium at 80% with an investment to make that higher in the near future

UK Priest Tells Church to Shoplift

Posted in Economy, Politics, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by raingeg

In the U.K. a priest has said that its ok to shoplift, but only if you steal from a big business. This is all done as a way for people to stay away from violent or degrading actions like mugging or prostitution. Where on earth do these people come from?

Father Tim Jones is the man behind the new call to shoplift. So if prostitution and mugging were compared to heroin, shoplifting from big businesses would be the methadone that is supposed to “solve” that problem.

What does this stem from? The idea that the Christmas season has become too commercialized and everyone just feels the need to spend, spend, spend and in hard times some people just can’t.

Jones does do something good here, he’s using this issue to call attention to problems with the welfare system in the Britain, though, sadly he seems to be advocating more welfare. “I offer the advice with a heavy heart and wish society would recognize that bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay has created an invitation and incentive to crime for people struggling to cope.” Unfortunately that doesn’t really seem like a plea for less government involvement, instead the exact opposite. That is still not an excuse to steal. Why are people so eager to look for excuses to sin?

Jones says that it doesn’t break the eighth commandment because “God’s love for the poor outweighs his love for the rich.” What a ridiculous claim. First, I think God has enough love to go around. Second, there is no biblical proof that God has more or less “love” for the rich and the poor. The rich are held to a higher standard than the poor, that is true, but that is different than love, I don’t think God has a love-O-meter and only has a finite amount of it, the implication puts an everlasting God into a finite world and that cannot be done. Thirdly, the poor cannot simply blame the rich anytime they want to sin.

Can we admit already that the welfare state cripples the incentive for the individual, and apparently now some portions of the church, to do anything to help the poor. Jones says “Let my words not be misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift. The observation that shoplifting is the best option that some people are left with is a grim indictment of who we are. Rather, this is a call for our society no longer to treat its most vulnerable people with indifference and contempt. Providing inadequate or clumsy social support is monumental, catastrophic folly.”

The main question that we must ask ourselves here is, why is there inadequate social support? Could it be that government never does a good job at providing social support? Could it be that as the government gets more and more evolved in the peoples lives that the people become less and less apt to give of themselves? The U.K. is arguably further left than the United States, but American leftists always looks with reverence at the European system and say “that’s what we need to do!” And look at what effect it has on the people of their country.

The more the government gets involved, the less the individual gets involved. When the government is taking all of the peoples money individuals don’t have the ability or the desire to do anything about problems that rid society, because they think the government has it under control.

I’ll leave you with this in closing. The church, no matter what denomination or location, cannot keep letting society guide it. We need to adhere to sound biblical principals and not ask ourselves if society approves. Jones should have been telling the well off of his congregation to start helping the poor, instead of giving the poor permission to sin.

Joel Gaines Show 11-29-09 (Audio)

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by raingeg

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So, it appears the long needed ramp of forces to Afghanistan is going to happen – but I want to talk a little about why it was difficult for this administration to come to this decision.

What did President Obama do on Thanksgiving?

Jeff Jacoby says conservatives have it wrong on Illegal Immigrants – I’ll tell you about his misperception, but I agree with some of his points.

Let’s see how you feel about this. Senator Lieberman on Public Option in Healthcare.

Eric Holder regrets his choice of words related to race relations in America.

Joe Klein thinks it is too early to judge president Obama on his mistakes – why is this?