It’s not free markets that are on trial, it’s the 1%’s management & use of them that needs our attention!

Have you seen this ad that Romney is running?

No one is attacking per se the free enterprise system! It has worked. When it works it takes care of all the people who it disenfranchises as well! It must, because you see, free enterprise by itself champions the great & penalizes the weak.

To buy into the statement that everyone has the same opportunity is counterproductive when you see the homeless on the street, barely existing & wearing their lives down to the point where they couldn’t compete in the job market even if they were given special treatment for hiring.

The security & safety of a roof over their heads cannot be traded for a job. We must enable the chronic homeless to have that security if we want them to become a meaningful part of society again.

We call out here the solutions to ending chronic homelessness! The 100,000 Homes Campaign is just that, bringing a “Housing First” model to the chronically homeless & getting them closer to being contributing members of society, at least not as much of a drain on it. It leaves us feeling better about our community when we can show enough compassion to bring these projects to bear in our own neighborhoods & on our streets!

And another item to refresh our memories on, did you see & remember the quote from Speaker Boehner on “everyone deserves a roof over their head” in an interview with This Week recently? Here’s the post we did on it: A Quote to Remember & Use for Accountability (Everyone should “have a roof over their head”): Page 4: ‘This Week’ Transcript: Speaker John Boehner – ABC News – we haven’t seen this referenced or held to accountability much yet, so what’s your take on why not? Any why did the Speaker not highlight that part of his interview on his own blog post & website references to the interview?

If the 1% were really taking care of those in the 99% who need the help to survive then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

The debate often pits “free enterprise” against the “common good” & that is just wrong. It cannot be about either or, it must be about both!

Our Savior didn’t come to serve the needs of the wealthy. He called for them to get to heaven in certain ways & he calls for us to figure out that there is balance in Christ’s Love!

Can you not find the balance politicians & government? That is in fact what America is calling you to do! Balance is not the same thing as compromise for the least common denominator though. It’s making sure the needs of ALL the people are being met!

When is this going to be how the debate comes down on this issue?

For those of you interested in the Wall Street Journal coverage of the issue of Romney & Bain – a look at some history & past comments about Romney’s history with Bain:

This is a pivotal moment as the Wall Street Journal states!

South Carolina will be looked at as the place where it was decided whether free enterprise is the issue or how Romney catered to the rich & the investors & provided value for a few or jobs for the masses.

Creating a few jobs in the environment of a broken venture capital system (often called “Vulture Capital” for a reason) cannot make a model for creating jobs for the masses – it just doesn’t work that way, unless the needs of the many are outweighing the needs of a few.

This issue of taxing the wealthy has to be dealt with. The wealthy are not creating the jobs or serving the needs of the many behind all that wealth they are accumulating! So where is that wealth being invested? One must ask. If the jobs were being created by the
“trickle down” effect the right is so oft to promote then we wouldn’t be here having this discussion. To say that they are in an uncertain economic climate is to make a scapegoat of the system they are so good at manipulating. If they can’t make the legislative system work, without all those constituent pork barreling deals, then how can we trust them to run this government any better than those they seek to run out of office?

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5 Responses to It’s not free markets that are on trial, it’s the 1%’s management & use of them that needs our attention!

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  3. db says:

    Most of these 10 year plans are all a scam. If you look at their founding documents they all contain the same language which is “appropriate and affordable.” The largest portion of the homeless population are single men who need immediate permanent employment. If they had that employment then they could get market rate housing and not even need this 10 year plan.

    The catch is that none of this 10 year plan housing is free at all. So if you are a homeless male and cannot find a job you’ll never qualify for the 10 year plan housing because in order to get this housing you have to pay. If you’re homeless without a job tell me how exactly can you pay? It’s not possible. That’s why I call BS on all of these 10 year plans. In fact many cities have ignored the plans and have no intention of seeing them through. It’s all BS.

    These 10 year plans do not intend to replace homeless shelters with some type of “housing first” intake system. The shelters will always exist with all of their crime, diseases, harsh atmosphere and prison mentality. I have sat on some of these 10 year plan councils and investigated them very carefully and I can say with almost 100% accuracy they are a total fraud.

  4. Here’s a comment that brings a biblical perspective to this issue:

    The operative piece of this passage for me is “….But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”

    It relates to the previous post about free enterprise & the common good being at odds – they aren’t if Christ is at the center of the conversation!

    The whole passage is:

    1 John 3:14-17 “We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?” (NET)

    It was posted by one of the God(ly) Facebook pages we have “Liked” only because we can’t Love them on Facebook!

    • Here’s another one:

      Matthew 19:21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

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