We can’t afford to marginalize exceptional people

My wife and I had lunch with Carol Perry several weeks ago. Carol has great insight into the world financial crisis. Her column states the facts about European socialism.

 

We can’t afford to marginalize exceptional people
By Carol Perry
Have you grown weary of the crisis in Europe?

It has greeted me almost every morning for two years as I turn on CNBC. At least once per month the Eurozone is in dire straits. The PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) are paying more and more to borrow, and Greece is surviving on traunches of charity doled out by wealthier member nations each quarter.

What is the point?

Greece should have never been in the Eurozone. It cooked the books thinking that the euro would be good for the Greek economy. I guess no one bothered to check the balance sheet (debt to GDP). I am not sure why. The recent elections in France and Greece indicate that austerity is not too popular and that France may attempt to spend its way out of recession. We all know how that works (or doesn’t, rather); we are 16 trillion in debt ourselves.

In spite of all this, Germany is determined to save the euro and will most likely give Greece its June tranche payment. This seems like throwing good money after bad since the Greeks have no growth. Many are not even working or are on strike. Others refuse to pay taxes. They cannot even form a coalition government, so why is the Eurozone determined to continue to float Greece?

There is the fear that a Greek default would start a domino effect in Europe, destablizing Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland. This is a real concern because these peripheral countries are already on the brink, barely able to service debt. Without devaluation of the euro, it would be difficult to restore faith in the zone and Europe could fall into a deep recession or possible depression. The truth is that only Germany has positive GDP, and Germans have already put cost-cutting measures into play.

While the German taxpayer is not too happy, there are none of the riots and whining coming from other European nations that have become completely socialized. Nations that retire workers in their 50s or 60s. Nations that offer eight weeks’ paid holiday along with free medical and other services. You may think that it sounds nice getting all those perks, but there is no free lunch. Their people pay dearly, and now they are faced with paying much more to keep this structure intact.

All this reminds me of Ayn Rand’s last novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” where many of society’s most productive citizens start refusing to be exploited by increasing taxes and regulation. The most productive minds of the world essentially go on strike and disappear. These minds of the world hope to demonstrate that a world where a person is not free to create is doomed. Civilization cannot exist if every person is a slave to their government.

Europe is an example of failed social policy as it does not acknowledge or reward the exceptional, but rather makes everyone exceptional to equalize society. If everyone is exceptional, then no one really is. Let us look at this lesson before we decide to go down the same path. The greatest minds of the world are here because they are rewarded for taking a chance. Do not demonize them for their rewards. These are the very people who employ most of us. If they are gone, that leaves only the government to supply jobs, and someone must pay for all of this.

I prefer that it not be me.

• Carol Perry is a retired financial adviser and has been a Northern Nevada resident since 1983. She can be reached at Carol_Perry@att.net.

Seven Biblical Reasons Why Christians Should Support Israel


Seven Biblical Reasons
Why Christians Should Support Israel
By Pastor John Hagee
Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.
1. Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Point: God has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God.
2. St. Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 “For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews)
spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.”
Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions
that gave birth to the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, a prominent Rabbi from Nazareth said, “Salvation is of the Jews!” (St. John 4:22) consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:
a) The Sacred Scripture
b) The Prophets
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth
e) The Twelve Disciples
f) The Apostles.
It is not possible to say, “I am a Christian” and not love the Jewish people. The Bible
teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (1 John 3:18) “A bell is not a bell
until you ring it, a song is not a song until you sing it, love is not love until you share it.”
3. While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the
Jews of the world, Jesus never denied his Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was
circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition, He had his Bar Mitzvah
on his 13th birthday, He kept the law of Moses, He wore the Prayer Shawl Moses
commanded all Jewish men to wear, and He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, “King of the Jews!”
Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) “Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren
(the Jewish people . . . Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.”
4. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.” (Psalm 122:6) the scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

 

5. Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant, who was ready to die? What logic did the Jewish elders use with Jesus to convince Him to come into the house of a Gentile and perform a miracle?

 The logic they used is recorded in Luke 7:5; “For He loveth our nation, and He hath built us a synagogue.” The message? This Gentile deserves the blessing of God because he loves our nation and has done something practical to bless the Jewish people.

6. Why did God the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts Chapter 10) to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the Gospel? The answer is given repeatedly in Acts Chapter 10. 

Acts 10:2 states: “a devout man, (Cornelius) and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.” Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms? They were the Jews! 

Again is Acts 10:4: “[T]hy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.”
Again in Acts 10:31 “[A]nd thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.”
The point is made three times in the same chapter. A godly Gentile who expressed his
unconditional love for the Jewish people in a practical manner was divinely selected by
heaven to be the first Gentile house to receive the Gospel and the first to receive the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
These combined Scriptures verify that PROSPERITY (Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6),
HEALING (Luke 7:1-5) and the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT came first to
Gentiles that blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.
7. We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of God. The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant.
(Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37.)