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When Uncle Sam is Paying You Not to Work

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The first two laws of economics (notice the use of nomos—law—in the word “economics”) is “You shall not steal” and “Let’s make a deal.” You can only deal with what you own. Civil governments believe they can subvert these laws (and others) for the good of the people and the nation. It can’t be done. Every attempt to subvert God’s economic laws results in poverty at one end and unlimited control at the other, with the first empowering the second.

The Statists use the poor to empower themselves. The State empowers the poor to keep the statists in power. Statists steal from us by way of taxes and money creation. To advance economically, you must deal with the Statists on their terms.

Christian Economics in One Lesson
Christian Economics in One Lesson

Christian economics must begin with the issue of ultimate ownership. This sets it apart from modern economic analysis, which begins with the issue of scarcity. Second, this leads to the issue of theft, which in turn raises the issue of ethics. The ultimate form of causation in human history is ethical: right vs. wrong. Modern economists do not share this view. In fact, it goes beyond this. They openly reject it. They proclaim economic analysis as value-free—this is self-deception. It is a variation of an ancient temptation: ‘Hath God said?’ Yes, He has. ‘Thou shalt not steal.’

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I found the following in an article:

This may sound bizarre following an economic lockdown that caused more than 20 million jobs to evaporate, but many US companies can’t find enough employees to fill their open positions.

There’s nothing confusing about this. Government money is making it easier and more profitable not to work. This is simple economics that our elected officials do not understand or do not care to understand and use to their benefit.

· Absolutely! You see “Help Wanted” signs everywhere even here in the boondocks of northern New Hampshire. They can’t find workers.

· I have been searching for the right guy to manage my shop but can hardly get anybody to even fill out an application. I offer to apprentice guys for this work but almost no interest.

· Six months ago, I heard a store owner ranting about this. He can’t compete with the unemployment checks. He can’t afford to pay more than $15 an hour while EDD is paying them $3800 a month to stay home.

· We hired 3 people who ended up not working 2 full days at the shop before they didn’t show up for the third day. Work is hard when you can get paid to stay home!

· Agreed. I admit it was difficult for me to give up more money from the government than my job pays. But I did the right thing and went back to work when I was called back. However, 2 employees here did not come back and now we need to hire more people. We cannot find anyone. We have the “Hiring” sign out front. So far, 3 unqualified people answered.

· At our small medical clinic, we are having trouble finding staff and it seems that this problem is widespread. I keep asking however, how much money people are really getting and how do they think it is going to continue forever?

Listen to David Bahnsen of “The Bahnsen Group” on the Larry Kudlow show on this topic:

A subsidiary law of economics is, When you pay for something, you get more of it. Walter Williams writes:

That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of what’s claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it.

The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery?

In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?

Anyone familiar with government wealth transfer legislation that was sold as a way to help the poor knows that when something is subsidized you get more of it. There have been multiple generations of impoverished families. Since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, we have more people subsidized by the State. There is nothing in the Bible that says that a civil government should be involved in wealth confiscation to help anyone. Legislation is written in such a way that intact families are a financial liability to receive government aid. A woman gets more money if the father is absent and if she has more children. It’s not only black families that have been torn apart by Great Society legislation.

Here’s what Ronald Reagan said in 1988 about the war on poverty:

What has all this money done? Well, too often it has only made poverty harder to escape. Federal welfare programs have created a massive social problem. With the best of intentions, government created a poverty trap that wreaks havoc on the very support system the poor need most to lift themselves out of poverty: the family. Dependency has become the one enduring heirloom, passed from one generation to the next, of too many fragmented families.

Trillions of dollars were pumped into programs designed to move people out of poverty into productivity. It didn’t work. Poverty was subsidized. If you pay people who do not work, more people will stop working. If you pay women who have children with no stay-at-home fathers, you’ll get more children with absentee fathers. You don’t have to have a degree in economics from an Ivy League school to know this. In fact, if you do have a degree from of our nation’s most prestigious schools of economics, you probably don’t know this or care to know it.

God vs. Socialism
God vs. Socialism

The biblical witness is clear: God believes in private property, and He not only desires us but commands us to live by that rule as well. Socialists believe that private property is a bad idea, and that governments should own most or all property and distribute it as government experts, scientists, politicians, or voters see fit. Under socialism, the State puts itself in the place of God and says: ‘The earth is the State’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.’

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  • Anonymous

    Face it. Like Welfare, Pharaoh is paying people not to break into Pharaoh stores and mansions to survive.

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