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Death By Debt

July 15th, 2011 3 comments

What should be the role of the government in a free market economy? Actually very little except for making sure that business transactions are conducted peacefully, freely and without fraud or deceit. Government’s job is to bring justice to those who break the law.

So how did we get into this politically engendered fiscal crisis?

First, through irresponsible and immoral spending.

Right now, the national debt for each American averages $31,871. That’s nearly two-thirds of the median household income of $50,255. Without any real spending cuts or reforms, debt will surge to over $100,000 [$103,827] per American by 2032 and keep rising.

Under the guise that some businesses are “too large to fail,” our government has illegally stepped into the private sector creating a dangerous precedent. We’ve seen unprecedented intrusions into the banking industry and the automobile industry.

When government violates the sanctity of the home and the marketplace, they always bring reams of fresh regulations with them. According to the Wall Street Journal – “It took 169 years from the founding of the federal code of laws to reach 11,472 pages – and only four decades more for that number to quadruple.

In 1960, the code of Federal Regulations numbered 22,000 pages; today that number has grown over 700%.

Immoral spending, tax increases and regulatory burdens cost both individual citizens and private businesses billions!

We are reaching a time in history where the words of John Locke are more relevant that when he first uttered them:

“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property….[Therefore,] whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they [the officials of government] put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence.
(John Locke, Second Essay Conserning Civil Government, pp. 75-76, par. 222.)

I think the American people have finally declared war on profligate spending. We have had enough! Demand that the government take the necessary steps to reduce spending and make sure you help to elect someone who has the moral courage to do what is right for the next generation of Americans.

Economic Rights Under Seige

July 13th, 2011 1 comment

We are living in a time when the prophetic words of the French historian Alexis De Tocqueville are coming true:

“America will last until the populace discovers it can vote for itself largess [gifts or handouts] out of the public treasury.”

We currently have a situation in America where more people are employed by the Federal Government than by the private sector.

We are also seeing higher salaries and benefits given to government employees than those being paid in the private sector.

We must keep in mind that government jobs are not real jobs. They are positions created by politicians and supported by the tax dollars of those working in the private sector. I am not suggesting some of these positions are not both necessary and valuable. What we need to keep in mind is that they are historically public service positions where one did not expect to be paid as handsomely as those working in the private sector.

This is no longer the case. Our politicians have figured out the secret of extracting money, your money, through taxation and then redistributing that money into the very populations they seek to garner for future elections. The more people they can employ in government jobs, the more secure they will be when the next election comes along. What better way to build loyalty than to hire people with someone else’s money and then pay them better than their friends in the private sector!

Listen to the words of Founder James Madison:

“Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…. This being the end of government, that alone is not a just government which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.… That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.” (James Madison, The Complete Madison, p. 267.)

We are currently in a grave financial crisis precisely because of our leaders have violated our inalienable right to economic freedom. Actually, it’s more a political crisis than a financial crisis!
Government redistribution schemes in the name of “social justice” are nothing but the “arbitrary seizures” James Madison warned us about.

Property a God-Given Right?

July 11th, 2011 No comments

Where did our Founding Fathers come up with the idea that the right to own property is a God-given, inalienable right?

Answer: They read their Bible!

Our right to own property flows out of our duty to work. This goes back to the Dominion Mandate in Genesis 1:28:

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

As we take the raw materials of the earth and mix them with Holy Spirit ingenuity to create something that blesses and serves people, we have the right to own that idea or property.

The duty to work leads to the power and privilege of creating. That which we create through our labors, we rightfully own. Consider the words of Solomon:

In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23, Amplified)

Private property is designed to give incentive for hard work.

Luke 10:7 says, “the laborer is worthy of his wages.”

When you work, you are entitled to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

“They shall build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My chosen and elect shall long make use of and enjoy the work of their hands.” (Isaiah 65:21-22, Amplified)

God is the Owner of all things. However, He has not only given us the authority to steward what He has given to us, but He also expects a return on His investment! We are called to maximize the gifts and talents God has placed in our hands for the service of others and for His glory! (Matthew 25:14-30)

To obey God fully in the stewardship of His stuff, we create governments for the purpose of protecting our lives, our freedom of conscience, and our property. This is why God gave the command, “Thou shall not steal.” Government exists to protect private property.