I tell you, folks, it is getting harder and harder tell the actual news from the cartoons. The lines are not just blurry, but are now so fuzzy as to be nearly obliterated. Take the article in this morning's newspaper - from the "business" page no less.
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"Raining money to spur the economy? Not as crazy as it sounds. Helicopters dropping money in the streets: it's a vivid metaphor for a drastic form of central bank stimulus that is gaining attention as a possible way to help the global economy out of its malaise. The idea of "helicopter money" is straightforward: central banks would create new money and give it to people, like an air drop of supplies." (The Associated Press by David McHugh)
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You just cannot make this stuff up, can you?
And we wonder why one out of seven people in America are on some form of government assistance? And in England it is closer to one out of three or four.
Whatever happened to earning your keep? Perhaps this is a little radical in this day and age, but not a new idea by any means. The Apostle Paul was pretty clear on the concept. He taught that if a person would not work, neither should they eat. Period. Simple, straightforward.
Now some call the idea of "helicopter money" straightforward.
We are truly living in La-La Land. Alice Through the Looking Glass time. The lunatics are definitely running the joint.
I am tempted to engage in a good old fashioned session of ranting and raving; and perhaps there are those who would call this just that. However, that is not my intention.
It was just such an insane proposition that I had to share it with you.
And, of course, I could not help but reflect on the principle of personal responsibility, upon which this nation was originally founded. Yes, I believe in compassion for the poor, social responsibility for the less fortunate among us.
But when we foolishly carry the concept of "helping others" to an extreme to which it was never intended, we end up with people such as Nobel laureate Milton Freidman seriously proposing nonsense like "helicopter money."
Just drop bags of cash on people's heads and the world will magically become a better place.
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And at this Easter time, isn't this an odd irony? People have no problem accepting the idea of receiving money they did not earn and do not deserve; and yet, by contrast they have no problem rejecting the truth that Someone else paid for their sins and is offering them a free and full pardon which neither they, nor any of us, deserve.
The world is upside down and we are all standing on our heads.
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Hope tomorrow's Easter sunrise finds you fully and freely accepting and enjoying all God has for you. Until next time ~ Marsha