Monday, April 25, 2005

On Rich Men, Camels and Needles

Paul Krugman's editorial in today's New York Times lacks a biblical reference to give it the gravitas that some people will need to recognize it as authoritative. Otherwise, it is right on the mark. I've supplied the biblical reference at the end. Here's a little of what Krugman says,
The point is that people sense, correctly, that Mr. Bush doesn't understand their concerns. He was sold on privatization by people who have made their careers in the self-referential, corporate-sponsored world of conservative think tanks. And he himself has no personal experience with the risks that working families face. He's probably never imagined what it would be like to be destitute in his old age, with no guaranteed income. . . .

But Americans are feeling a sense of dread: they're worried about a weak job market, soaring health care costs, rising oil prices and a war that seems to have no end. And they're starting to notice that nobody in power is even trying to deal with these problems, because the people in charge are too busy catering to a base that has other priorities.

"And Jesus said to his disciples, 'Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.'" (Matthew 19:23-24)

How many times does Jesus have to tell us before we get it?


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RK said...

I think Bush's prosperity or wealth have a thing to do with any disconnect between the problems that average Americans face and the government's inaction. After all, the candidates that Democrats have been running (Kerry, Edwards, et al) haven't exactly been poverty-stricken church mice. Popular Democratic heros like FDR and JFK didn't come to the White House from the poor house, either.

The problem is the big corporate and special interest money that pollute and permeate the entire system. Common folk simply don't can't get a word in edgewise with all the fat cats at the table.

Republicans took corporate fundraising to new heights and the "campaign finance reform" that Democrats championed for years only made it worse, with Soros and all the 527s. Both sides are addicted to the special interest money to do anything about it.

Republicans can't get serious about an energy policy or environmental because of the big oil money. Democrats can't be taken seriously on "values" issues because of their addiction to left-wing special interst money and catering to far-left causes.

You don't have to be rich to be hooked on campaign money. It's really a sad, sad deal.

Anonymous said...

It is a sad reality that people have to solicit or accept money from special interests to be elected. From the moment a candidate takes a large contribution, his moral authority takes a hit. No one seriously believes that if one takes the money, he isn't going to give something in return. This effectively rules out any meaningful input from voices without large amounts of money.
The only way "little" voices are heard is when they threaten a candidate's re-election. If religion is going to become a more visible part of politics, I want the whole gospel, not just cherry-picked issues. I feel I don't have the moral authority to dictate but I do have faith and will do my small part.