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Papal Advice

March 21, 2013
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I will not be so presumptuous as to offer Francis I any advice.

But I would like to ask him to clarify some issues that have been bothering me about my Church and its approach to economic issues…especially with regard to, not only the poor, but also the wealthy.

I took only two courses at Holy Cross in the Dismal Science, as David Ricardo once called Economics.

So I will not pretend to know all the intricacies of a very complex discipline.

And quite frankly it is near impossible to get any two economists to agree on anything.

I am reminded of the old saying that if you lined the world’s economists up in a straight line they would point in every direction on the compass.

So even they do not understand their own subject in a perfect way.

A Church that is poor and it for the poor

There are certain words, ideas and abstraction that confuse me, especially when the poor are involved.

I heard a quote the Francis I said that he wanted the Catholic Church to be poor and for the poor.

I have been a Catholic for nearly 70 years and I cannot remember the poor being the main focus of my faith when I was young or even my first decade of marriage.

The Church is always going to need money…lots of money.

Unless he means poor in spirit.  That would work for all of us.

Sure we had annual drives for the poor and the missions–I remember the little Mite Boxes for our pennies and dimes they gave us each year during Lent.

But the doctrines, teachings and morals were the prime focus to make us worthy of eternal salvation.

Maybe salvation is automatically assumed today.

Perhaps the Church believes everyone will automatically go to Heaven.

Souls in Purgatory

I know for a fact some bishops do.

First I might ask the pope as to where the commandments fit in with the Church’s deep concern for the poor.

I am talking about the 7th and 10th commandments specifically, which require us not to steal the goods or wealth of others or even desire to have what someone else.

As far as I know they are still within the canon of Catholic teaching and doctrine but they are mentioned even less than the 6th and the 9th commandments–the sex commandments.

I wonder how many priests, nuns, bishops and maybe even higher up realize this.

I know the federal government has been breaching the 7th and 10th commandments for as long as I can remember…at least as far back as Franklin Roosevelt.

Was it not Roosevelt who started the class war or what they call today…class envy?

Is not envy still a sin?

I only mention that because it seems to me many old and even some younger Catholics think of FDR as many Christians might think of the Second Coming.

To them it seems alright to steal from Peter to give to Paul.

Steal?

That’s what disproportionate taxation and economic redistribution are in reality.

To paraphrase the great 19th century French economist, Frederic Bastiat if we as individuals did to our neighbors what government do to us every day, we would be behind bars.

Bastiat also explains in his most famous work, The Law why the law cannot defend life, liberty, and property if it promotes socialist policies. 

Saw the evils in big government

Bastiat thought of government, especially big government as little more than legalized plunder.

I know as a Catholic I should be concerned with the poor.

The Bible tells me that to those that are give much, much is expected.

I firmly believe that in my heart, however I should be the one to decide how much and to whom I should give.

That is what a good steward does.

I heard a priest once pray to eliminate poverty.

I think that is a ridiculous notion.

Poverty is a relative term that changes each and every day.

The only way to effect this is to level everybody to the barest subsistence level.

If everyone is poor, which is what happens with socialism, than poverty will have been eliminate.

Is that what they want?

The poor in this country has much more than most of the world’s population.

The United States, which has been blessed with incalculable but not limitless wealth has been the most generous nation in the history of mankind but according to our political leaders it has not been enough.

It is never enough!

To date we have spent over $17 trillion on the poor with all sorts of welfare programs since Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society and his War on Poverty in 1965.

Used the poor

It was really a war on poor people.

Unfortunately this largesse  most likely have done little for them as total human beings.

The poor today has approximately $40,000 in benefits available to them each year and still we hear the need for more and more…

Does not getting all this free stuff make them lazy?

Certain words from the poverty problem have bothered me for a long time.

The first one is entitlement.

It seems that nearly half of our population is entitled…to what?

Government redistribution of someone else’s wealth—that’s what!

Why are they entitled?

Who and what gives them the right to demand that someone else take care of them?

Where is their personal responsibilities to themselves and their families?

Who empowered the government to redistribute others wealth to the less fortunate?

That’s what personal charity is for and Americans even with their oppressive tax rates still find some money to give to good charities.

The underlying and unspoken assumption is that these millions of Americans are entitled because the wealthy have been oppressing the poor throughout history and now it is their turn to feel the sting of oppression as their possessions, money, stocks, bonds are subject to partial and even substantial confiscation by the powers of government.

You might ask…where is this in the Constitution?

The answer is partially in the 16th Amendment, which established the first permanent income on a progressive scale.

By that I mean the more you make…not the more they take…which would be fair but the higher the percentage they confiscate.

This is not James Madison or even Alexander Hamilton but Karl Marx.

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Not his Constitution

The IRS has a similar tax on people’s estates.

The government does not want people to be able to pass the vast majority of their wealth on to their children and families.

It should go to the government because the other assumption is that they will know how to allocate it better than your children.

This is also Karl Marx.

I suggest people read the Communist Manifesto.

That’s where our tax system came from.

Don’t misunderstand me–I believe we should all help the legitimate poor.

They are those who cannot help themselves or are temporarily down on their luck.

So many of our so-called poor today find more value in working the system than actually finding some job.

Why the preferential option for the poor and just what does that mean?

Are their souls any more important than those of the wealthy?

I would like to hear my Church speak more about attaining eternal salvation for all people…wealthy and poor alike.

Did not Jesus talk of the Eye of the Camel and how hard it was for a rich man to go to heaven?

Since when did the Church become a social agency for political change, Marxist economics and reform?

Some may argue that on Judgment day we will be asked what we did for the least of God’s people.

Is that the poor or could it possible be the unborn?

While I admire the people who work for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society and their concern for the poor, I have been around no better people than those who put everything on the line to witness at abortion clinics around the country.

I met a lovely young woman outside of a Planned Parenthood killing center the other day.

She and some friends as well as many others that included a number of students from my grandson’s high school, St. John Vianney were there to protest the evil going on behind closed doors as part of our local 40 Days for Life Apostolate in St. Louis.

The least of God’s creature?

As a comical side note one woman had three or four small children with her.  The youngest–a little boy spent about 20 minutes throwing stones at the brick wall that read PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

She was vital, fresh and warm..a virtual newlywed.

I was truly energized in her youthful presence.

She told me that the three responsibilities she had to her husband were 1) to help get him to heaven 2) make certain he lived a long time and 3) fix his lunch.

What then are the important responsibilities of the Catholic Church?

I am hoping that Francis I will be able to answer these questions for me.

TRIVIA ANSWER: An Arnold Palmer without the slice.

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Obama Claws is Coming to Your Town!

December 13, 2012
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I know many of you out there voted for the president….maybe more than once.

Now all you have to do is sit back and watch him go after those rich folks who have oppressed you and made your lives so miserable.

Somehow they caused you to lose your job, pay higher gas and energy prices and maybe even lose your homes.

Yet no one has ever explained how the Bush tax cuts caused these mysterious afflictions

You just love to watch the fat cats squirm.

FatCats Rexburg - Rexburg, ID

Fat years are over.

You love to see them get theirs.

It is about time they paid their fair share…which has to be everything they have since no one has ever told me just how much is fair.

The good old Germans, who were unsuccessful at war but smart when it came to psychology even have a word for it.

It’s Schadenfreude, which means taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune.

It sounds much better, almost medical than does the old used-up class envy.

When this president is finished there won’t be any classes.

That’s one of his principles, isn’t it–a classless society?

Personally I think the Obama family is a prime example since they have little if any class–I will excuse the daughters who seem isolated from the worst features of their parents.

Americans will all be equal.

That’s the goal, right?

That’s why you voted for him–so that gravy train from Washington would never stop its deliveries to you.

One woman was ecstatic that Santa Claws had brought home the bacon for her.

Americans now seem obsessed with getting their fair share of the goodies from Washington.

Ayn Rand wins and JFK losses.

(Think: Ask not what your country can do for you….

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JFK loses to Ayn

Charity is for fools.

Take from the rich and give me mine seems to be the standard mantra coming from all the urban centers and union hangouts.

That’s what it is all about.  Right?

Free food, education, medical care–all at  someone else’s expense…right?

That’s the new American

I wonder what the middle class voters and their families think about this idea.

The more cowardly feel relieved that Obama Claws hasn’t come for them…yet!

They are just happy that they have not been targeted…yet!

Even old Warren Buffett, that twisted sage of financial accumulation, says that while the tax increase on his class won’t help the  budget deficit much–it won’t help it all because they will spend it right away–he thinks it promises to increase the morale of the middle.

He’s coming to your town

Oh really just how will that happen?

In effect Obama Claws wants to construct an iron ceiling on the middle class by making it impossible for them to ever ascend any higher.

And if that happens why would they want to kill themselves by working harder?

So they can give more to  Obama Claws and his Marxist regime?

That’s not how human nature works.

And to boot the president is still out campaigning among you.

He’s telling you how the nasty Republicans are willing to sacrifice you for their few rich constituents whose standard-bearer, old Mitt call me Bain Capital Romney went down in flames along with his Five Point Plan.

Dark-haired man with graying hair at the temples, dressed in dark suit, at a nighttime indoor event

Couldn’t stop Obama Claws

Hillary has already been anointed as the next president-elect in 2016.

And meanwhile, the current president re-elect, who failed to lead, heal or inspire, is still campaigning.

It is the only thing he has ever been good at.

He is trying to literally destroy the loyal opposition in a partisan way that may spell the end of the Republican Party if he ever gets his way.

He wants America to be a one-party state so that he can ram his levelling agenda down everyone’s throat.

Well Bunky I have news for you.

Obama Claws isn’t going to stop with rich folks.

christmas tree

He’s coming to your town!

The way he spends the 82,000,000,000 their new taxes will bring in from the top 1%—that’s if they decide to earn as much as they did this year— will not feed his spending habit for more than for a week or two.

Like the master thief Willie Sutton allegedly said when asked why he robbed banks?

That’s where the money is!

Where is the real money in this country?

Knew who had the money

Why with you the middle class that holds this country together.

Just look around you, the subtle brainwashing is already beginning.

In the NYT edition for November 28th, in the  business section, one of their soothsayers predicted that taxing or even soaking the rich may do a little to help things now, the middle class will have to be taxed more to make things work again.

Just do  the math.

The rich don’t have all the money in the well.

When we were not under-employed and our economy was healthy, the middle class thrived.

Now under Obama’s zero tolerance for profit and growth trillions of dollars of wealth have disappeared.

Better not be profit in there

If you are in the middle class or know anyone who is I have just a really lame poem for you:

While this may be  perfectly within the Christmas spirit from President Obama’s perspective, I am not even sure this qualifies as doggerel, so be forewarned.

You better watch out;

You better not shout;

You better not pout!

I am telling you why;

And it will make you cry;

 Obama Claws is coming to your town. 

He’s going to make Bush the clown.

He doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice;

You’ll be dining on water and rice;

He wants what’s in your purse;

So things can only get worse;

He won’t want much from you;

A few bucks will do;

Obama Claws is coming to your town. 

 He’s going to make Bush the clown;

So don’t you fret;

He’s going to pick your pockets just the same;

And he’ll take everything he can get;

That’s the name of his game.

Why complain it’s only wealth;

 He says you will still his plan for Health;

Obama Claws is coming to your town. 

 He’s going to make Bush the clown;

My sincere apologies to anyone who really knows how to write poetry of any kind.

Have yourself a Merry Christmas, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

If you live in a union city you are going to need it.

Obama Claws is coming to get you.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


The New Three R’s

November 18, 2010
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It was in grade school that I first learned of the expression about schools teaching the three R’s, which were then reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic.

I wasn’t witty enough to realize that perhaps these educators should have spent more time on spelling.

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Should have focused more on spelling

Today I think the three R’s that should concern, not just school children but all Americans.

My new three R’s are rights, responsibilities and religion.

Of the three only the first one seems to get any mention in any sort of public venue.

We hear so much about a person’s right to do just about anything under the sun.

I am talking about the right to choose, which is a code phrase for the legal authority to kill one’s own flesh and blood.

Then there are the new rights to a job, health care and so on.

The rights business has been great for the legal profession.

It seems that our political, social and even religious leaders are always finding a new right for the government to underwrite and protect from its abusers.

There seems to even be a right not to be offended.

Some individuals and even groups find any mention of God or patriotic symbols, such as an American flag are an affront to their sensibilities.

I believe there must be an Orwellian Ministry of Rights, buried somewhere within the bowels of the federal government that spends all its time, money and energy in conjuring new limitations on human freedom.

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A Ministry of Rights?

I say limitations because these are not really rights per se but government privileges that begin with their power over their subjects and end there as well.

I say that anytime that a new right is born, in the zero sum game of life, it impinges the freedom of another.

This is true of the basic rights in our constitution, such as the freedom of press, religion and speech, everyone knows that these rights are not absolute.

As any high school history textbook will teach, my right to freedom stops at where your nose begins.

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Stops at someone else's nose

No one has the right to shout fire in a crowded theater.

Religions that involve human sacrifice, the degradation of women and the abuse of self or child are overruled by not only man’s law, but also more importantly, God’s divine law.

Unfortunately millions of Americans have become addicted to the largesse of their neighbor’s goods, as a form of entitlement.

This is a form of lower case greed that you never hear the churches preaching against.

I guess the new mantra that trumps Gordon Gekko is that Greed is only good if someone else has more than you do.

The unwritten word in these examples is the second R, that is responsibility.

Responsibility is like the flip side of a hit record.

When I was a teen, recording companies produced a hit on one side with an often obscure recording by the same artist on the backside.

With the exception of Elvis records, no one would ever play the backside and it was virtually relegated to oblivion.

Every real right has a concomitant responsibility with it.

We all have the right to life…except our unborn, the most endangered species in our society.

But even that right is not absolute.

My college ethics book listed three exceptions to the commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Self-defense is perfectly acceptable when one’s life is endangered.

This self-defense principle is behind the logic of capital punishment and a just war.

Now the latter two are debatable and not written in stone.

The one kind of life that is totally protected by the First Amendment is the innocent’s right to life.

Innocent life represents the pure image and likeness of God and must be respected as such.

With regard to the right to food, shelter, a job and health care, the responsibility for all these relies primarily on each individual.

Parents and those with dependents also have the primary responsibility of those in their care.

These so-called rights while all subset of the right to life should never be the responsibility of the federal government–the so-called Nanny State.

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Mother I'd rather do it myself

If individuals are unable, through no fault of their own to provide these basic necessities of life, than they are subjects for charitable institutions.

If someone is destitute or just down on his luck because of accidental occurrences, his welfare can be incumbent on private groups or citizens to tend to his needs.

But for the federal government to assume this as part of its mission in life is wrong.

I say this because all government handouts have strings…long strings that can tether a person to them for the rest of his life.

This is a certain forward step toward a life of tyranny.

The third R is religion.

Now most people say that religion doesn’t belong in anything to do with rights…unless it is civil rights and priests and ministers are solicited to march in the forefront of civil rights protests all over the country.

But when it comes to abortion, euthanasia of embryonic stem cell research, they are reminded of the extra-constitution threat of the separation of church and state which effectively moves many to the sidelines for fear of losing their tax-exempt status.

Many religious groups erroneously believe health care is a right, and expensive right that someone else should pay for.

Now religious leaders have every right, even a sacred duty to urge us from their pulpits to help the poor, give to the needy and the like.

But they have no right to support a government confiscation of personal wealth and redistribute to others without any form of accountability.

This is breach of the 7th Commandment —Thou Shalt Not Steal (For Catholics) and an abuse of their preaching powers.

What about the president’s continual use of the class envy card that has contributed a virtual class war betwen the various segments of the population?

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The Church has forgotten #VII

It is this very participation with big government that has caused these religious leaders to lose sight of their real mission on earth and become nothing more than loud carnival barkers for a secular government that would just as likely relegate all religious fervor to the ash heap of history.

Just as teachers today seem to have ignored the original three R’s, our religious and political leaders have virtually ignored or confused the true meaning of the new three R’s.

It is time that their proper relationship be restored so America can stay on its proper course.


Boris’ Cow

September 12, 2010
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I have a candidate for the Most Memorable Character column in the Readers’ Digest. I am talking about Boris, a Russian cab driver from my local company.

He is one of the funniest and most charming drivers I have ever had.

A couple of years ago he asked us if we could recommend a girlfriend for his son who was having trouble meeting nice young women.

Every time he has driven us since then, we ask about his son.

This past summer Boris picked us up at the airport and when asked he said that yes, his son had found a steady  girlfriend.

Now 28 his son was seriously dating a blonde Polish girl.

He volunteered that at first her parents were not crazy about the idea of her getting serious with a Jew but they were growing to accept him.

Boris went on to tell us about how he came to get married 30 years ago.

He said in a dialect that is a joy to the ear: one morning I wake up and say to myself–Boris you need a son! He was not married at that time but still wanted a son.

So he proceeded to go through his little black book, eliminating most of the entries because they were too fat, too ugly etc.— he finally settled on one lady who still looked pretty good.

So he called her up and said: How about I take you to movie…then we get married.

She said: Boris, I like you and we go to a movie…but I can’t marry you cause I don’t know you!

So they went to the movie and after it was over he said to her: I handsome man…I give you four days…then I call and ask you again.

So he did and after some initial hesitation, she said: OK I marry you.

Two years later their son was born.

My Russian cab driver prompted me to think of another Boris.

There is an old Russian legend that seemed apropos for Soviet Russia.

There were two men…Boris and Ivan.  The only difference between them was that Boris had a cow and Ivan did not.

One day while walking in the country, a genie appeared to Ivan and offered him just one wish.

Ivan said, I want Boris’ cow to die.

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Ivan's death wish

Ivan’s class envy was so intense that, rather than enhance his own situation with anything the genie could give him, he drew more pleasure from having him take away his rival’s cow.

It was unfair that Boris had a cow and he didn’t.

For three generations the left has been conditioning the American people to think of fairness and equality as the hallmark civic virtues, more important than patriotism and religious faith.

Since FDR, all we have heard is that the rich and how bad these fat cats were for being wealthy.

As a result they have convinced millions of American voters it would be preferable to be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

This is a sick attitude that has been poisoning the minds and hearts of millions of Americans who have bought their perverse message.

The left’s idea of human equality is far different from that of the founding generation who believed that all men were made equal in the image and likeness of God.

They never meant to imply that they were equal in height, skills, intelligence and drive.

They believe that human equality has nothing to do with God and everything to do with government.

They use it effectively as a political slogan the ruling has skillfully wrapped its big government agenda in the rhetoric of the Declaration of Independence just as Lincoln had done during the Civil War.

In practice the left subscribes to the Orwellian notion all are equal but some are more equal.

An  illustration involved ABC’s Charlie Gibson’s pointed question to Senator Obama during one of the primary debates with Hilary Clinton in 2008.

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All about fairness

Gibson explained to Obama that the empirical data showed that when tax rates are low more money flows into the government coffers.

Obama did not challenge Gibson’s facts but merely said that to him it was more an issue of fairness.

Like the legendary Ivan, according to our  president, there is something basically unfair about someone having something more than someone else.

In Obama’s mind he should be the arbiter of America’s wealth and poverty.

It is not above his pay grade to take it away from those that have more…like Boris and his late cow.

So even if his tax increases on those who have more wind up increasing the deficit because he has made no effort to rein in his lavish spending on union payoffs and bailouts, as long as the rich are suffering then it is OK.

Does this false logic makes sense to anyone?  Is President Obama living in the real world?

Does that not validate my early post about liberals being mentally ill because they cannot live in a real world of facts and truth?

Many people would like to give the president the benefit of the doubt…that he is just inexperienced and we should be granted more time so he can learn how to change things.

Yeah and Nero just needed some more music lessons and Boris didn’t need his cow!

Needed music lessons


About author

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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