This is the second part of a five part series. You can read the first part here.
In the last post we defined the word tax, but here I’ll try to explain the relationship between government and wealth.
This next idea might seem elementary, but it’s important to keep in mind: government creates nothing. Nothing? Yes, as Aristotle said, “the thing rocks dream about,” that kind of nothing. Unless the government acquires money it can’t repair the road, provide law enforcement, or inspect the local fast food place which you could have sworn just served someone a fried rat (gross I know).
Here in Kansas, a while back, the then Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed a massive tax increase which was overridden by the legislature. More recently, President Trump signed a tax cut into law and he is possibly implementing tariffs. This has people thinking about taxes, and so I’m taking this opportunity to discuss taxes, money, and economics in general. I’ve worked hard to use simple terminology and avoid economic lingo.
However, at the risk of annoying or insulting my audience, I will say something which needs to be said. This topic requires a willingness to explore some new ideas. In a post of this length, I can write about the main points and the principals, but your own learning can build on what is written here, and I encourage you to do so. I don’t claim to be an expert in economics but I think the main ideas hold true. In other words, test my statements against the real world. I could be wrong.
This is a call to action against a racist element in most of our homes, and we endorse it nearly every day. I, too, have unwittingly used this company’s white-privilege symbol, but now I see it for what it is: a white-privilege promotion of racism. This racist problem is right under our noses, and you need to stop liking it.
I’ll elaborate in a moment, but every time you use this company’s program you performing a micro-aggression against African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Mexican-Americans (a.k.a. Latin-Americans) and everyone else in Americkkka who isn’t white. (The order of the preceding groups does not denote importance of one group over another.)
This was my first, visceral reaction when Jenna told me she’d found a new dessert. I thought, “It’s a gimmick. It can’t possibly be any good, and certainly the cake will be soup-like gloppy, or so dry and hard we’ll have to throw away the cup and all.” But she Jenna persisted, gently urging me to try something which just didn’t sound good. Begrudgingly, I agreed to sampel this “cake in a mug” concoction. Soon afterward, Jen brought me the fresh-from-the-microwave mug warning me it was hot (this was an understatement, it was near surface-of-the-sun temperatures) I waited, then stuck a bite in my mouth sure I wouldn’t like. But I did like it. I really liked it!
As Daniel Horowitz said in his recent article, “The real problem is that Republicans have already adopted all of the premises and messaging of the other side [liberals/democrats]. As Mark Levin said earlier this week, ‘Rather than confront the Left at the base of their arguments, Republican officials by and large live in fear of principles they proclaim at election time but reject at governing time‘” (emphasis mine).
Have you ever opened a dark closet and had the shadow (darkness) totally black out the room? No, probably not. Darkness isn’t like that. It cannot “take over” light no matter how meager is the light.
Light, on the other hand, is peculiar in that unlike darkness, light needs a power source. The sun isn’t running on nothing, neither does the light in your home, or the display on your smart phone. It has to have a source of power or fuel. The sun’s primary source is helium in the form of a nuclear reaction, light in our homes generated by resources at the power plant, and our smart phone from chemical reactions in the battery.
So what, you might ask? Why are you telling me this?
The Bible uses the analogy of light and darkness frequently, and we can clarify our own spiritual understanding by exploring this concept. As with everything I write about spiritual topics, test what I say by the Bible because it is the final standard, not I.
I had a few short thoughts today about health care I’d like to share (which means it isn’t as refined as normal).
When the insurance companies are forced to cover preexisting conditions they are no longer insurance companies. Here’s why. This is like someone having their $100,000 house burn down and then getting fire insurance policy for $100 per month with an up front payout (it would take about 83 years to pay $100,000). The insurance company isn’t going to make that deal. Insurance covers what might happen in the future, not what has happened in the past.