The Gospel Truth

Forrest Gump at the White House | August 22, 2011

It was a risible moment during the movie, Forrest Gump, when he told President Johnson that he won his medal because they shot him in the butt-ocks.

One of the great lines from the movie was Stupid is as stupid does!

Since Forrest was basically a simple child in an adult’s body it had almost an embedded Biblical wisdom to it.

Given the state of the economy and our president’s inepitude with financial affairs, it might be time for Forrest to go back to Washington and give them the wisdom of his thoughts.

Should make another visit

Ever since she could talk and I think that was just a few minutes after her birth, my eight-years old granddaughter was not allowed to say the word, stupid because her parents told her it was a bad word.

Yet she freely uses the word Obama which is a bad word in her grandparents’ home.

Pundit James Carville got a lot of mileage out of his phrase, It’s the economy stupid!

Some might say that it summed up the reasons that George H. W. Bush failed to retain his public office in 1992.

I am really surprised that more people have not resurrected Carville’s slogan for this upcoming election.

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Recognized 41's weakness

Economy and stupid have been hermetically paired these past three years with the Obama administration.

Clueless is another word that comes to mind.

Everywhere you read, someone is talking about the economy and like the weather, no one is doing anything about it, thanks to the obstructionist in the White House.

I wonder if someday my granddaughter will see the connection between her old offensive word and the current occupant of the White House.

While on the subject of of stupid billionaire Warren Buffet worries that he has not paid enough in taxes, giving comfort and ammunition to the Obama forces who lust for more money, like a vampire lusts for more blood.

Perhaps that explains the ubiquity of movies and TV about vampires and other blood-suckers.

expecting a bite

Future bureaucrats in training

Buffet paid only 17% of his unstated income in taxes.  He thinks that he should pay a lot more.

Then he should start by paying himself a huge salary from his tax-sheltered foundation like most working Americans.

The truth is Buffet already has enough money for the rest of his life.

He wants government to stop others from becoming as wealthy as he is.

It is always apples and oranges with Obama.  They cite the deficits as a reason why they need to raise taxes on millionaires…most of whom only make $200,000 a year.  Can’t Americans do math?

Harvard said women couldn’t but then that was before Larry Summers went to work for Obama.

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Women and math don't compute

What Obama is saying is that he would use that additional revenue to address the deficit.

By creating a larger deficit?

If anybody really believes this man is capable of reducing anything, I have some prime oceanfront property here in Southeast, Missouri I can sell you.

Thanks to Uncle Sam who flooded it last spring.

He will pour it all down the special interest sinkhole that he has already wasted $5,000,000,000,000.

Implicit in his senile pandering to Obama is his belief that he owes his $58 billion wealth to Big Government for his wealth.

Unless Buffet is a crony capitalist like the executives at GE, he has forgotten how it has been his own uncanny knack of picking winning stocks that allowed him to amass such a fortune.

Were government to someday confiscate his entire fortune, it wouldn’t do any real good to address the economics problems of this country.

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Should pay himself a salary

Pope Benedict XVI has also weighed in on economics, before a Spanish audience in hoping to ease strained ties with the Socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid.

I don’t even like the leader of my Church having anything to do with any kind of Socialism, let alone give the appearance of appeasement.

And appeasement is what it sounded like when the pontiff urged business leaders to use ethics to work for mankind and not just be concerned with profits.

The pontiff failed to understand that economics is indifferent to humanitarian causes, except when they try to buy public good will through philanthropy.

It is an imperfect system but it is far better than any of the alternatives, especially the Socialist government he was trying to salve.

Businesses are created, first of all to make money for the risk-takers who invest their time and their money in new ventures that employ millions of people.

Where would the world be without free enterprise?

In the Gulag?

Humanitarian projects have been historically the work of churches and philanthropists.

The moment government got into the charity business they abused it to the extent that they used humanitarian interests to extort trillions from businesses around the world.

It is primarily socialist governments, like the one in Madrid that are responsible for the excessive poverty in the world and for running the global economy near the brink of total collapse.

Just once I would love to hear a leader of my church talk or even preach about the responsibilities of government toward property owners and the successful.

Have governments been good stewards of the largesse they confiscate from their subjects?

And what do the rich get in return?

They have to build gated communities to protect their families and their properties from the brigands and marauders that liberal societies have encouraged to prey on them.

Unfortunately it is always the lower classes that suffer the most…but this is because of big government and not the denizens of  gated communities.

I would just love to hear a priest preach about violations of the Seven Commandment, which for Catholics is Thou Shalt Not Steal.

Benedict XVI

What about the 7th Commandment?

No, so many of prelates are blinded by false notions of social justice, which emanates from Karl, not Jesus.

This reminded me of a clerical admission in grade school about papal infallibility that said that the pope was not infallible in science …or economics but only in faith and morals.

This sounds as if he is trying mix both.

The real trouble is that most people hate economics.

This gives charlatans like Obama almost a free rein.

According to a Wall Street Journal article, they hate it because so much economic theory violates common sense.

Nothing so far Obama has done has boosted this reputation.

One of their biggest canards is the fallacy that by extending unemployment insurance to people who have lost their jobs, is a good way to stimulate the economy.

They are earning any money, so by government giving money they didn’t have, they will spend it.

Brilliant logic if money great on trees.

I’ll have to ask the Fed about that.  

While it is a perfect Keynesian theoretical answer, it is practical nonsense.

According to the WSJ‘s Stephen Moore the White House is telling us that the more unemployed people we can pay for not working, the more people will work.

And this will really stimulate us out of an approaching double-dip recession.

Milton Friedman said that the more you subsidize something, the more of it you will get.

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Want more unemployment--subsidize it

If I, who  had just a pair of what FDR used to call Gentleman C’s in Economics at Holy Cross understand it, how stupid does that make the rest of the country who doesn’t?

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4 Comments »

  1. BB, It is my belief that people who use the word, stupid, lack a proper vocabulary to express themselves. I hate that word and its so easy to say. Anyone with good sense can see what is happening , not only to the USA, but to the world. Repent!! Said John the Baptist. Repent, said Jesus as he bagan his mission. I repent every night as I jump into bed with an act of contrition and commend my soul to the Father in heaven. There is a couple of verses in Matthew that talk of a great apostsy happening (which is now) before the anti-Christ makes his appearance. Put on your armour. Pax. MBL

    Comment by Mary B — August 22, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    • Thanks for taking the time to respond. BB

      Comment by bbprof — August 22, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  2. How to describe it all. I find myself tring to reason beyond hope,(I must change), on what is happening in our society these daze.
    I feel as though I am living in a parallel Universe, one that only some can enter and the rest have to just observe.

    I recall the phrase ” Like a Laser on Jobs”, I tell myself, I know I heard those words, yet it seems that we are waitng for this administration to come out with a new jobs proposal What happend to the other job proposals. I guess the shovels were not ready.

    I look at this being the first administration in my lifetime time that neglected to propose a buget, even within their first 22months in office, yet we saw the Republicans offer proposals for the budget, then have to arrgue with themselves to alter their own budget, then this administration takes credit for coming up with a propsal, that stunk, but it was a proposal, even though they did not propose it.

    We allow the media to attempt to tear down the tea party, and make them sound rasicst and compare them terroist, yet they stand for the constituion, lower taxes, and smaller government. Govenment, “For the People and By the People”, I do believe the founding fathers were not considered terroist,,,,,, although, they may have been considered that in England.

    AnyWay, my rant is to ask all within the sound of these
    words, “Get Involved”, Our time could be at an end.
    All great civilizations had there time, is this ours.

    If this is true destiny happening, then there will be little we can do, but if this is due to a miss guided man and followers or even the pupit master playing his hand, then it must be cut off and given back to them.

    Comment by tt — August 24, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  3. Best advice I can give you about “getting involved” is to ask questions of this administration and demand answers. Tell them to stop blaming the past, demonizing the people who energize this country, stop the uncertainty about business and don’t run for re-election by saying that you did a poor job but the other guy is an evil demon who will eat our babies. BB

    Comment by bbprof — August 24, 2011 @ 3:39 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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