May 22, 2016

How An Illusion Of Paradise Turned Into A Nation-wide Hell

When a nation's economy goes to 
hell... everything else goes with it.

Common Sense Commentary: Sin does not work. Sin is rebellion against God's holiness, right, truth and His perfect will. Sin may "endure for a season" (Heb.11:25) but the pleasure of it turns to bitter grief and regret..... in time ... every time. Charity is a quality which can only be experienced in an individual human heart. Charity is a good thing when a person, through love, chooses within their heart to be generous and giving to someone else. That is God's way ... and it works. But to forcefully take or steal from one person's labor or increase in order to give to another person's desires or needs is theft, whoever does it. Whether it is a Robin Hood who takes it upon himself to rob from one person to give to another, or a Government, it is wrong. Civil Government Law and order is necessary to protect its citizens from outside invasion or internal attack and violation of their God given rights (Gen.9:5-6). But THAT is where God's intended authority of Government and taxes ends. It is not Biblical for Governments to play God and enforce its will upon law abiding citizens, demands which have nothing to do with their safety and protection. Concerning the Roman invader's taxes, Jesus did not think they were fair or right, but advised that they be paid to keep the wicked Roman government at bay lest they be "offended" and abuse and persecute those who rebelled. When asked by  his Jewish enemies, in Matt.22:15-22, if they should pay the Roman government taxes or not. Jesus asked them whose image and inscription were on the coins they paid taxes with. They answered, "Caesar's". So Jesus said If Caesar's picture and name were on the the money it must be his so give it back to him. If he had answered "Yes, pay the Roman taxes", the Jews would be angry at him and if he had said "No, don't pay the taxes', both Jesus and the Jews who followed His advice would have been arrested and punished. Also, later, when the Romans asked Peter if Jesus paid taxes, he said "Yes" and then warned Jesus they were expecting payment. Jesus sent Peter to catch a fish with a valuable coin in its mouth to take it to the Roman Tax collector to pay both His and Peter's taxes, and said, "lest we offend them".  Three thoughts .... Would Jesus have paid the tax if this confrontation hadn't occurred, and what about the other eleven Apostles' taxes. If neither Peter nor Jesus had the money to pay the taxes, surely none of the other 11 had it. So did each of them voluntarily seek out the tax collector to pay the tax? Jesus' reason for paying the tax was not based on approval of the tax, approval of the Roman government, or that it was the moral thing to do, but, as He said, "lest we offend them". Matt.17:27.  Avoidance of trouble with the government, not morality or approval of the Roman government or it lavish waste of tax money, was Jesus' reason for paying the tax. He evidently didn't pay the tax for those other Apostles who were not under scrutiny .... Why, if it were a moral issue.

 As Margaret Thatcher explained the fallacy of Socialism...."The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money". M.T.  
I do not defend the rich but I defend the Biblical and Constitutional right to physical, spiritual, mental and economic freedom, the right to own the product of your labor, your talents,your ideas, your planning, your investment, frugality and time. I defend your right to use or misuse your life. RB "But know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. " Ecc.11:9.

Here is a most recent example of the fallacy of Socialism, which both Hillary, Sanders and the Democrat Party want to exchange Free Enterprise for, which will raise all forms of taxation, especially on the productive 50% of Americans in order to support or subsidize the unproductive 50% .... and Obama, America's Hugo Chavez, has already set the stage for it. RB

Venezuela: How The Socialist Paradise 
Turned Into Debt and Hyperinflation Hell

From The Telegraph Business Section
By Szu Ping Chan  May 21, 2016

They call them bachaqueros. Venezuela’s army of black market shoppers descend every day at dawn outside Caracas’s biggest stores.

Named after the bachaco leaf-cutting ant that carries several times its weight, the men and women queue alongside hundreds of other Venezuelans for food, nappies, milk and other basic goods.

They stand for hours in the blistering heat, motivated not by hunger, but profit.

Half-empty shelves in most shops means goods bought at government-controlled prices can be sold at a significant mark-up.

supermarket queue

Supermarket queue People queue to try to buy basic food items outside a supermarket in Caracas. Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s president, has described them as “human beings turned savage”. 

But in a country where hyperinflation is quickly making the cash in people’s pockets worthless, it has become the only way to survive.

Some – dubbed bachaqueros 2.0 by the government –even resell goods on the internet.

“It happens more frequently now,” sighs Juan Carlos Bacalhau, a marketing manager who lives in the Venezuelan capital.

“There’s a lady that I pay 1,500 bolivars a day to clean my house, but recently she told me she’d rather queue and buy and sell products than work for me.”

It wasn’t always this way. Diego Moya-Ocampos, senior political risk analyst at IHS, says the current crisis is the result of years of “economic mismanagement” by the ruling socialist party. 

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez Hugo Chavez ruled Venezuela for 14 years. Led by Hugo Chávez, the country’s firebrand former president, the country embarked on a wave of expropriation and redistribution with the charismatic leader offering  cut-price fridges, appliances and even new homes to poor Venezuelans. 

Chávez wanted to create a socialist paradise, an ideology that has been reinforced by his successor Maduro following his death in 2013.

But the oil price collapse a year later served as a wake-up call for a country that chose profligacy over prudence in the hope that a rainy day would never come. 

Oil accounts for 98pc of total exports and 59pc of fiscal revenues, but Moya-Ocampos says the price slide isn’t the country’s only problem.

Chavez was a Communist which is a Socialist who is also an Atheist. Maduro has followed in his footsteps and together they brought what was once a strong and successful, Free Enterprise nation to absolute ruin. Neither Socialism nor Atheism works in a God created, naturally balanced world. Just like water seeking its own level, always, without fail, freedom, including Free Enterprise, finds its own level. When men try to change nature and the God given natural order of God's creation, it eventually washes them and their perversions away like Noah's flood and the winds of time. Jesus illustrated this propensity of sinful fallen men to rebel against  nature and nature's God in these words in Matt.7:24-27 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 

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