August 29, 2010
Again We Ask: WWJD?

From the Times coverage of the Reverend Glenn Beck’s revival meeting:

Becky Benson, 56, traveled from Orlando, Florida, because, she said, “we believe in Jesus Christ,” and Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare. “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you,” she said. “You don’t spend your way out of debt.”

People in the crowd echoed Mr. Beck’s ideas that “progressives” were moving the United States toward socialism and that entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be ended.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 29, 2010 04:20 PM
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Clearly, Jesus would have made just a few loaves and fishes and handed out to just the top one percent of income earners in early Palestine.

Posted by: on August 30, 2010 2:17 AM

More like the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and intellectual property rights.

Posted by: ErgoDan on August 30, 2010 7:21 AM
People in the crowd echoed Mr. Beck’s ideas that “progressives” were moving the United States toward socialism and that entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be ended.

They're in luck. President Obama's Cat Food Commission is ready to help rid us of those evil entitlement programs.

Posted by: Jim on August 30, 2010 7:21 AM

"Jesus hates welfare and the economic stimulus package" is tucked away in Proverbs. It's between Proverbs 22:9 "A generous man will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor" and 28:17: He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses." C'mon you guys, learn your Bible.

Posted by: ohollern on August 30, 2010 12:08 PM

Before any Bible scolds smack my knuckles with a ruler, I know that Proverbs is in the Old Testament, not the New, so Jesus wouldn't really figure. I went to Sunday school a couple of times. But here's one from the New Testament, straight from JC's mouth if the Bible is to be trusted, which, of course, it isn't: "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven."

Wouldn't that imply that you can, in fact, spend your way out of debt?

Posted by: ohollern on August 30, 2010 1:10 PM

Jesus was right on the money. A state with sovereign control of its currency can spend its way out of debt. The best way to do that includes a program of increasing aggregate demand; for example, by giving money to the poor.

Henry George, though not the Son of God, had a practical idea along those lines. He proposed a guaranteed basic income. It's a fundamentally conservative idea—conservative in the real sense, a measure designed to preserve good order in society.

Posted by: Jim on August 30, 2010 6:22 PM

More recently, Richard Nixon proposed a guaranteed basic income. It was not much less than I was earning in those days of sex-segregated help-wanted ads.

Posted by: Joyful on August 30, 2010 9:37 PM

Poor Tricky got a lot of kicking. All of it richly deserved. But in spite of his rabid badger ways he did want to make a stab at ruling a livable country.

Posted by: Jim on August 31, 2010 12:29 PM

Since Beck likes to associate himself with martyred Democrats, the word on the street is that Beck's next big rally is going to take place at Dealey Plaza in Texas. These folks who follow this fool are idiots but worse, too many of them are dangerous idiots.

Posted by: Buck on August 31, 2010 1:47 PM
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