Once again the underlying statist philosophy of Barack Obama was laid out for all to see. The guy is subtle, but once you see his game, it’s as obvious as a neon sign on a moonless night. The other thing that is obvious is that he does not understand the Bible any better than he understands economics… which is not at all.
Here’s what he said at the National Prayer Breakfast:
W]hen I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.”
Jesus is talking about blessings in that quote. Blessings like, perhaps, a creative mind, the ability to build, the ability to love… Perhaps even inalienable rights enshrined in our founding documents.
To me, what Jesus is saying is that you need to find, nurture, and utilize your God-given gifts. For example, if you are a creative person and can invent things, you need to use that gift. If you are skilled at managing a business, you should use that gift. If you are an artist, you should use that gift. Using those gifts not only honors the fact that you have them, but it also contributes to others.
President Obama sees the money you’ve earned as the gift. Who gives that gift? The government. In his mind, it seems, all money belongs to the government and they let you keep some. Obama doesn’t see people earning money, he sees luck, a gift, doors magically opened. He certainly doesn’t comprehend that, in the course of earning the money you make, you have already contributed to your fellow man. You are already a giver, and you can prove it because the money you have is a direct result of people valuing the fact that you’ve served them (by providing a product, service, labor, knowledge, etc.).
If you have a brilliant mind and you choose to sit on your couch all day eating potato chips and watching television, you are wasting your gift, and you will also have no money. You will have no money because you haven’t served anyone by utilizing your gift.
Do you see the distinction I’m making? Obama thinks the gift is the money. “To whom much is GIVEN…” I firmly believe that what he’s seeing is government allowing you to have money that belongs to it, and now he’s saying that some people have been allowed to keep too much. He sees no relationship between overall prosperity and wealthy people risking capital on businesses. Take that money back into the government coffers where it belongs, and the government will dole it out, creating equal… poverty!
I just finished reading the bio of Steve Jobs, so his example is fresh in my mind. To me, Steve Jobs gave tremendously to the world. Not only have people benefited by the great products he helped create, enhancing their lifestyles and overall prosperity, but many millionaires were made with Apple stock, thousands of people are employed by Apple, other companies were created to make products to be used with Apple products (software for the Mac, Apps for the iPhone and iPad, for example). THAT, my friends, is spreading the wealth around. Jobs didn’t do it by taking money from others, running it through a bureaucracy, doling much of it out to cronies, and tossing the rest to the peasants. Jobs grew the pie in a sustainable way. He used his personal gifts of vision, design, and management to create wealth, not just in terms of a tremendous amount of money, but in terms of the prosperity we enjoy as we use the products.
Obama clearly doesn’t understand any of that. All he sees is money that should be in the government treasury (where it belongs) so that the government can continue to grow and control more of our lives.
You do not give another person prosperity by giving them money (and certainly not through some insulting bureaucratic mechanism). You enslave them by giving them money. You provide prosperity when, using your personal gifts, you create new opportunities for others to use theirs.
(HT Power Line: Render Unto Barry…)