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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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So-called “racist” Senate Bill 1070 Signed Into Law

Posted in Humanity, Immigration, Politics on April 24, 2010 by raingeg

Immigration is back in the news, and it feels like deja vu. When I first started working at the radio station in 2005 one of the biggest issues in talk radio, and in particular the show that I was working on, was illegal immigration and border security. Every weekend something new was happening on the border. It didn’t help that there was an election coming in 2006 and candidates were using the medium as a forum. But as of late the issue has gone under the radar a bit in the media. From 2006-08 we were dealing with what seemed like one of the longest election process ever, Lou Dobbs Tonight was canceled and for the last year health care has been in the headlines nearly every day.

About a month ago the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps disbanded after there was fear that a call to arms would lead to violence. Not too long after they disbanded rancher Robert Krentz was shot to death on his ranch by an illegal alien. Frankly, I don’t think one has anything to do with the other, but the timing of the event and the violence associated with it is a bit ironic.

I had a feeling that Arizona would be interesting to watch after the 2008 election, and I’ve been proven right. In 2008 Arizona was unique in that it moved to the right in the both houses and Janet Napolitano left for Washington, leaving the job of Governor to Republican Jan Brewer. Remember that this is coinciding with the election of one of the most left wing presidents in the history of our country. Needless to say, the report for Arizona is pretty good, aside from the proposed temporary tax increase. Governor Brewer recently signed into law the Constitutional Carry bill that allows citizens to carry weapons concealed without a CCW permit and yesterday she signed SB-1070.

SB-1070 is an immigration bill that now makes it a crime under state law to be in this country illegally. Police officers will now be able to ask for proof of citizenship if they have reasonable suspicion during what Republican State Sen. Frank Antenori calls “a lawful encounter.” It also prevents cities from becoming sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is a city that does not enforce or has lax enforcement of immigration laws, therefore, becoming a sanctuary to the illegal alien. It will also have an effect on day labor, “it is unlawful for a person who is unlawfully present in the U.S. and who is an unauthorized alien to knowingly apply for work, solicit work in a public place or perform work as an employee or independent contractor in Arizona.”

The left is angry over SB-1070, they say it allows for racial profiling and discrimination by police officers, and Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva had an inane call to action prior to passage that would have actually hurt the very people that he was claiming to represent.

Sen. Frank Antenori defends the bill on MSNBC Wednesday night.

Rep. Raul Grajalva proposes boycott on Keith Olbermanns “Countdown.”

So what does the bill really say about the issue that Raul and Frank discussed? (I underlined for emphasis)

From SB-1070s:

A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

Sen. Antenori is right when he says that the law enforcement officer must have made lawful contact with the suspect before the officer can ask for immigration status. I’ve never understood why a law of this nature doesn’t already exist. Illegal immigration is a gigantic problem in America, and especially in Arizona. I have no problem with a law enforcement officer enforcing the law.

The left will say, and to a degree I will agree with them, that immigration enforcement is the job of the federal government. But the federal government has failed to do its job, and I have no problem with states introducing laws that aide the federal government. The federal government is simply not as actively involved with the community as our law enforcement officers are, and this does not take away the power of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

Opponents of this bill would have you believe that police officers will be on the look out for Hispanic people, asking every one they see for their immigration status. But it should be noted that race cannot be the sole reason that an officer questions a persons citizenship. If a person is pulled over and they don’t have a drivers license the authorities now have a reason to check on their citizenship, this bill gives them the ability to check, and that’s it. The bill “Requires the act to be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of U.S. Citizens.”

And finally, let me address Raul Grijalva’s boycott.

From KOLD News 13 Tucson:

The congressman announced yesterday in a news release that national organizations of all kinds should reject Arizona as a convention destination. He said on the cable network MSNBC that economic sanctions are the only “consequences” that can be imposed on Arizona for the passage of SB 1070, the immigration enforcement bill that is drawing national applause and criticism. “I’m really surprised that Congressman Grijalva would actually say that,” Mariachi Conference President Tim Escobedo said. While he did not expect the statement from Grijalva, Escobedo believes if SB 1070 becomes law, it could impact the conference. “It potentially could affect us, I think so, yes,” he said.

Rep. Raul Grijalva issued the following statment:

“The governor and legislature are blind to what this bill will really do to citizens, law enforcement and the state economy. Tourists will not come to a state with discriminatory policies on the books. Businesses will not move here. Hispanic workers and taxpayers will leave. If state lawmakers don’t realize or don’t care how detrimental this will be, we need to make them understand somehow. Conventions are a large source of visitors and revenue, and targeting them is the most effective way to make this point before it’s too late. Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process. We don’t want to sustain this effort any longer than necessary. It’s about sending a message.”

Rep. Grijalva actually believes that tourists and businesses will look at SB-1070 and not want to visit Arizona? So his answer to this is to hurt the tourism industry! We cannot overlook the fact that the tourism industry employs the very people that Rep. Grijalva claims to have in his best interest. That is not racist or stereotyping, its just the truth. “Its about sending a message,” the message that you people who are currently employed by the the tourism industry are expendable, for what I perceive to be the betterment of the state.

I have always been in favor of a policy that quickly and efficiently gets good hard working people into the country legally, while doing whatever necessary to keep bad people from entering illegally. What is called by some the high gate and wide fence policy the high fence and wide gate policy. I am not Bill The Butcher, in other words, I’m not a nativist. If not for immigration to this country I would not be here. The left constantly wants to make this about race, but everything on the left is about either race, gender or class. This is nothing new, and it shouldn’t surprise any of us when Raul Grijalva threatens the state with “economic sanctions” over a bill like this. The left needs racism and they need the victim mentality, because they need votes, and by constantly harping on both of the former issues they are sure get them.

Dennis Prager Speech on Why America is Exceptional

Posted in Humanity, Politics with tags , , on April 17, 2010 by raingeg

I had the opportunity to meet Dennis while he was in Tucson last week. I am lucky in that I work at the station that broadcasts his show to the Tucson area, so I got to sit in and watch him do his show. It was great to meet him, to his credit he is the same in person as he is on the radio and that is something that is to be admired in a public personality.

I listen to his show a lot, not only because I get paid to listen, but because it is very enlightening. Prager is like a Jewish version of C.S. Lewis, actually, if you spend any time reading Lewis’ books and any time listening to Prager on the radio, you’ll be able to see what I mean.

I found this speech on YouTube and decided to post it, since I haven’t posted in a while.

C.S. Lewis on Subjectivism and Politicians, Dennis Prager on America

Posted in Education, Health Insurance, Humanity, Life, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by raingeg

One could make the case that the United States is a few generations behind Europe when it comes to how far to the left we’ve moved. After two brutal wars during the first half of the 20th century it seems that Europe thought the best way to never again be in that situation was to pacify itself and embrace collectivism. In America, it was different, we were aiding the Europeans in the World Wars, and it wasn’t effecting us at home to the degree that it was effecting Europe. We didn’t have men blown to bits in our neighborhoods as did the Europeans.

America had her moments, in the latter half of the 20th Century, internationally we had to deal with the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and both wars in the Middle East among other international conflicts. We also had our share of economic and political woes. That has had some of the same effects that the first half of the 20th Century had on Europe, and now we are finally realizing this. As Dennis Prager has said on his show earlier this week we are seeing the results of the seeds we have sewn, the chickens are coming home to roost.

C.S. Lewis had the opportunity to live in Europe during the first half of the 20th Century. And if one believes that we are becoming more European, as I do, then I think that it is appropriate to look at Lewis’ view of the world from time to time and apply it to ours here in America. I think you will find Lewis’ comments on the politician interesting.

The quote that I’d like to highlight comes from an essay entitled “The Poison of Subjectivism” which came from (I am assuming a magazine) Religion in Life Vol. XII which was released in the summer of 1943.

I’d like to preface the quote by giving you Lewis’ explanation of subjectivism and another excerpt from the essay.

“It does not believe that value judgments are really judgments at all. They are sentiments, or complexes, or attitudes, produced in a community by the pressure of its environment and its traditions, and differing from one community to another. To say that a thing is good is merely to express our feeling about it; and our feeling about it is the feeling we have been socially conditioned to have.”

Does that not sound like something that someone might be taught today by their first grade teacher, a professor, some parents or even some churches? Morality doesn’t exist, it is merely something that is a result of our society. They tell you that you need to find “your truth,” you need to find what you think is right and wrong.

“Many a popular ‘planner’ on a democratic platform, many a mild-eyed scientist in a democratic laboratory means, in the last resort, just what the Fascist means. He believes that ‘good’ means whatever men are conditioned to approve. He believes that it is the function of him and his kind to condition men; to create consciences by eugenics, psychological manipulation of infants, state education and mass propaganda. Because he is confused, he does not yet fully realize that those who create conscience cannot be subject to conscience themselves. But he must awake to the logic of his position sooner or later; and when he does, what barrier remains between us and the final division of the race into a few conditioners who stand themselves outside morality and the many conditioned in whom such morality as the experts choose is produced at the experts’ pleasure? If ‘good’ means only the local ideology, how can those who invent the local ideology be guided by any idea of good themselves? The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which over arches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.”

That is where America stands today. You have a congress and a president that arbitrarily decide what your “rights” are. They tell you that you have a “right” to “health care,” yet they prohibit you from freely exercising your “right,” and force you to accept something whether you want it or not, doesn’t sound like liberty to me. And the reason why they have the hubris to do such a thing is because they do not believe in an objective moral law, or a Law of Nature. They believe that your rights are given to you by the state. They believe themselves to be what Lewis calls the “conditioners.” They believe that they know better than you, that you cannot be trusted with your money or your freedom.

They throw money at state education, and science, and they believe themselves to be the ones that are to be looked to when there are problems in the country, and sadly they often are by people that think they actually have something to offer them. Why do you think that the administration didn’t address the jobs issue and create a job friendly environment over the last year? Think, if more people went to work more people would probably have health insurance, and if more people had health insurance through their employer they would have had a weaker case. So, they took advantage of the jobs crisis, and they put forth many types of legislation that do anything but create a job friendly environment. Cap and trade, nationalization of the student loan industry and the health care bill are all sure to be private sector job killers as opposed to private sector job creators, because they all burden the taxpayer and the people who are supposed to employ the taxpayers.

Now that you have some context, the next quote, the quote that really caught my eye, will make a lot more sense.

“While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as ‘vision’, ‘dynamism’, ‘creativity’, and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial – virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. ‘Vision’ is for sale, or claims to be for sale, everywhere. But give me a man who will do a day’s work for a day’s pay, who will refuse bribes, who will not make up his facts, and who has learned his job.”

-C.S. Lewis

Sadly, many of our rulers lack virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. They have not done a day’s work for a day’s pay in quite some time, they all take bribes and make up their facts. This is not a ridiculous call to vote everyone out of office, this is a call to vote people in that know why America is great, and that is as Dennis Prager put it in his latest column, because with a small state the “individual can be free and great.”

The People are Tired of Health Care Reform

Posted in Health Insurance, Humanity, Life, Politics with tags , , , on March 12, 2010 by raingeg

Politics, what an interesting subject that is right now. The Democrats are trying their hardest to get something in the way of health care “reform” passed. They are having trouble bringing Democrats on board to vote on the bill. The far left Democrats are upset because the bill lacks the public option and conservative democrats are upset because it has abortion language they don’t like.

Republicans have stood strong and united in opposition to the bill. Right now there is not bipartisan support for this bill, there is bipartisan opposition. I know these are fairly basic talking points but that’s all we really can do right now, aside from calling and emailing our congressmen and women.

To be honest, I’m just a regular guy, a lot of these procedures are going over way my head and the process has become very confusing and convoluted. This is that “pig” that Sarah Palin spoke of during the election, and the Obama administration and the congressional Democrats have smothered it in lipstick. That could be one of the reasons why so many people don’t like what we now know as Obamacare. They are tired of a process that they are not really part of. They are tired of watching as the Democratic party acts based what is “historic” and “monumental.” Democrats are constantly looking out for their legacies and leaving the American people, the very people they represent, out of the picture.

Commentary on the current health insurance debate has become repetitive, and it seems a bit of a waste of my time and energy to write day in and day out about the same thing. I realize that my post quantity has been quite low these days. This is an interesting time in my life. I’ve just started going to a new church and I’ve been working a lot. Sometimes when I get home I just want to relax and that’s what I’ve been doing. I am going on vacation next week, but after I get back I will be back to posting almost every day and I am contemplating starting another blog that will deal solely with issues facing the Tucson area.

Attack of the Killer Hot Dogs

Posted in Humanity, Humor, Life with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by raingeg

Let me warn you right off the bat, if you have a weak stomach this story might not be for you. I was surfing the web looking for something to write about and came across this story, people are upset with hot dogs and similar foods because they might be considered a choking hazard.

AP via Fox News:

Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric’s mom. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The nation’s largest pediatricians group is calling for sweeping changes in the way food is designed and labeled to minimize children’s chances for choking. Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year and thousands more — 15,000 in 2001 — are treated in emergency rooms. Food, including candy and gum, is among the leading culprits, along with items like coins and balloons. Of the 141 choking deaths in kids in 2006, 61 were food-related.

Grocery Manufacturers Association spokesman Scott Openshaw declined to say whether food makers would consider warning labels or new designs, but said making parents aware of choking dangers is key to keeping kids safe. Openshaw said the industry would continue working with the FDA and USDA “to ensure that our products are as safe as possible.” At the FDA, spokeswoman Rita Chappelle said the agency will review the academy’s analysis and recommendations. She said the FDA also would continue consulting with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on assessing choking hazards associated with food and take action on a case-by-case basis.

That’s not the story, but it sure did remind me of one. When I was in the 7th grade I had an encounter with the evil choking hot dogs. It was a spring day and I was quite hungry. For lunch I’d brought along some mini corn dogs, one of my favorite foods to this day. I heated up the dogs and began to devour them. Then it happened, some blame it on the lack of chewing and some might say it was my impatience, but no matter the cause, I now had a mini corn dog lodged in my esophagus.

Its quite an experience to have something stuck in your esophagus. I put in a concerted effort to get this mini corn dog out of my body, and all of my efforts failed. So I went down to the nurse, which at my school was just the school office, where they decided that the Heimlich maneuver was the best method to remove the dog. It didn’t work. After various awkward Heimlich sessions with the office lady we gave up and I waited for my Mom to arrive. Sitting in the office was not fun, the pain was really getting to me, along with the strange panic that comes along with getting food stuck in your throat. After a while my saliva started building up and I was foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog, continually spitting out the saliva that I could not swallow.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, my Mother arrived, signed me out of school and took me to her office, hoping that it would come out, but if not, she works for a Chiropractor that might have been able to help us. On the way to her office I blacked out, maybe from the lack of oxygen. When we arrived and I awoke it finally hit me. As I made my way out of the car there was no other option but to adhere to my natural reflexes.

After vomiting a couple of times, the mini corn dog that had caused me so much trouble was finally dislodged from my esophagus, and I could breathe and swallow saliva normally once again. Would more warnings on the box of mini corn dogs have helped me at all? I think not. Maybe a good lesson on chewing your food and being patient, but not another warning on the box. How did we get along before they had the warning on the box?

Missionary Robert Park to be Released

Posted in Humanity, Religion with tags , , , on February 5, 2010 by raingeg

Tucson missionary Robert Park will be released. I didn’t personally know Robert but I know people that do, seems like a good guy.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it will release U.S. religious activist Robert Park, arrested in December for illegally entering the country in a journey to raise awareness about Pyongyang’s human rights abuses.

“The relevant organ of the DPRK (North Korea) decided to leniently forgive and release him, taking his admission and sincere repentance of his wrong doings into consideration,” the state KCNA news agency said.

Park, 28, walked over the frozen Tumen river from China and into North Korea on Christmas Day, other activists who helped him said.

He told Reuters in Seoul ahead of the crossing it was his duty as a Christian and that he was carrying a letter calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to release those he holds in brutal political camps and to step down.