Friday, December 22, 2006

Same Thought, Different Centuries

As riches increase and accumulate in few hands; as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature: It is what, neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is common misfortune that awaits our state constitution, as well as others.

Alexander Hamilton


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 19:24

3 comments:

born_in_a_shed said...

So you're a socialist?

I'm Not Ned said...

Too put it another way “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Confucius

And G. B. Shaw: “Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.”

It is quite ironic that as the wealth gap widens charitable giving decreases. And here we are stuck in a Gov. who's best idea was "faith based giving" to replace social program funding.

It's not a question of being a socialist or a communist or any other "ist". It's a question of what type of Christian is our President: the crusader for wealth and glory or the real kind?

born_in_a_shed said...

Check out this:

http://www.paulgraham.com/gap.html

People who create wealth do so by making things easier and better for everyone in society.
If the innovation did not help others, no one would buy it and therefor it wouldn't create any wealth.

I might agree that the hiers of the wealth creators are useless (see: the donald), but the original inovation whihc created the wealth surely was good, or nobody would have paid for it.