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The rich should care for the poor

The rich should care for the poor

There’s an editorial in the New York Times today that decries what the editorial board sees as a growing consensus that solution to this nation’s economic woes involves cutting programs that are intended to help lift the poor into the middle class:

“Much of the real money for deficit reduction will inevitably have to come from popular programs, like reducing payments to Medicare providers, and reining in defense spending. And it must come from tax increases, no matter how much Republicans may wish it otherwise.

Making the poor carry a heavy part of the deficit burden is intolerable.”

More here.

The idea that upperclass tax cuts need to be preserved and the poor’s benefits reduced to keep the rich as rich as they are, pretty much flies in the face of all that Our Lord and the Prophets teach.

Good thing the New York Times is calling folks out. Are we in the Church making enough noise?


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From this Sunday’s sermon: “… for sheer volume of idolatry, greed, and denial of the consequences of idolatry and greed, ancient Judah has nothing on the global civilization of which our country is the putative sole superpower, and I don’t think it really takes a prophet of Jeremiah’s lofty caliber to say that. The idolatry I’ve named many times before: it’s the worship of Mammon, wealth, “that in which one trusts,” and greed is the “bounden duty and service” rendered by Mammon’s disciples to their deity.

Denial? Well, if the chair of the Federal Reserve can tell us with no apparent sense of irony that inflation is still low and the economy is getting better, when we can see prices rising with our own eyes and hear with our own ears the stories of lost jobs, lost houses, lost futures, what can you call that but a massive case of denial? Unless, of course, the consequences have yet to touch those in the “commanding heights” of economic power. And there are plenty of Hananiahs on speed dial, ready to assure us that if happy days aren’t quite here again, they will be soon.

Like Jeremiah, I hope I’m wrong and they’re right. But the present-day prophets, whatever their party politics, who tell you we have nothing to worry about, that human innovation and investment in technology will solve whatever problems we face, will permit the Powers That Be to keep strip-mining this planet and its people indefinitely, are prophesying a lie. We can sing and pray “God Bless America” until our faces are blue, but until the mountains and prairies and oceans of this world God gave us to tend and to keep are as sacred as a rising Dow Jones average, until we as a society understand the difference between money and true wealth, God cannot and will not bless us with prosperity and may not even be willing to assure us survival. When a civilization builds its foundation on the idea that it can achieve endless economic growth forever, without consideration or care for the ecosystems without which no economy can function, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon will look like a Sunday school picnic by comparison to what that civilization faces when reality finally bites.”

Fred Schwartz

I think you are looking at only the portion of the iceberg that is floating on top. It is not just the poor — it is the middle class. Constant attacks on the bargaining rights of all union workers, the attacks on education, on social security, on medicare. No, it is not enough to take out the poor — these folks want all of us to be poorer yet. And, what is really baffling is the number of middle class people who not only believe this crap but vote for those numskulls over and over again, like someday “we are all gonna be rich!” Welcome to the jungle.


To the important question you ask about the church, I’ve yet to hear it! I also experience that preaching it is mostly disregarded. It just baffles me that good people can be so callous while wallowing in their own personal fear. Why or why is it so hard to believe we are promised life and promised it abundantly?

Michael Russell

The answer to your question is No we are not making enough noise. But things are worse that your citation describes. Along with reducing taxes for the rich and reducing benefits for the poor is a concerted effort to reduce regulations of all sorts that protect the public from predatory individual or corporate behavior. The Financial Protection legislation, freshly minted is under fire, regulations of all sorts on businesses are under fire. The goal of these folks is total Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware. Beware of food, water, drugs, toys and etc.

Moreover they want to continue to use government funds for sweetheart contracts with their friends. Halliburton is the poster child for such movement. Halliburton who provided substandard gear for troops in Iraq, substandard work in the aftermath of Katrina, and substandard cement for BP continues to get work only because of former VP Cheney.

The goal of this group is the total unleashing of predatory economic behavior with the poor, enfeebled, sick and less educated unable to swim easily in those waters.

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