God’s Principles for Thriving Civilizations (and what kind of leaders to support/vote for)

I think most people are aware that we are facing some very serious crises in our world in many areas. Scholars like Dr. Homer Dixon are very concerned about these. In his 2006 book “The Upside of Down” he writes that 5 of the most serious ones are the crisis of not having enough energy for people’s needs, economic stresses of the top 1% owning more wealth than the 99% (which leads directly to debt slavery, chattel slavery, sex slavery/trafficking and other forms of exploitation), population/disease crises, environmental crises such as pollution (that kills ~9 million people a year), and climate stress. He warns that these are interlocking issues and so if comes more serious, it contributes to worsening several other crises. Even more serious is the health crisis which causes up to 40 million people to die every year and costs the planet ~$6.5 trillion a year.  Then there are the political crises, with the widespread use of deception (in both major political parties) and propaganda and the subsequent loss of trust. There are crises with many broken families with kids raised more by Hollywood than their own parents. Underlying it all is a chronic spiritual and moral crisis that has been worsening over decades.

Research and history show that these crises and others have their root in greed, especially the rejection of equitable land rights and materialism, the last stage of civilizations that are collapsing into various forms of exploitation and/or totalitarianism. This confirms the Bible’s claim that greed is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10).

Dr. Wilkinson has gathered vast research showing that once there is major concentration of wealth, esp. when the top 20% have 9 times more than the bottom 20%, all sorts of social evils result and eventually entire societies collapse.

Oxfam policy adviser Ana Arendar recently called for action
a day after the latest Oxfam report was published and presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“It’s disgusting, let’s be honest, it’s absolutely grotesque. That’s eight people, eight men, who own the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people. That’s huge. At the same time, we have 1.9 billion people going hungry very night, we have close to a billion people who are living on less than $2 a day. It’s completely unacceptable,”She continues,

“Voices across the world, across the political and economic spectrum, have voiced that concern, for example, Obama, the pope, but also billionaires like Nick Hanauer, and even the World Economic Forum itself, for the third year in a row, has named inequality as the biggest threat to our security,” Arendar noted. https://www.rt.com/news/373966-oxfam-report-poverty-wealth/

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis strictly warned that

“We may have democracy in this country, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”

This is not just future, it’s the present. Research shows that almost all of the developed countries (including America, Europe, Canada, South Korea, Australia, etc.) are plutocracies and while people think they are living in freedom, they aren’t. Certain areas of America are now becoming like the 3rd world. And the 3rd world is losing up to $2 trillion a year due to various kinds of embezzlement by corporations, especially western corporations.

God has principles for the government and the church as well as other institutions. Sometimes they are completely separate duties, but in some cases they overlap. Below you will see most of the major traits and duties that the Bible tells us that national leaders and governments should follow for long term security and stability and also in order to thrive. These principles don’t include the numerous laws on criminal justice that God gave, that all governments around the world follow to some degree (such as laws against murder, theft, etc.). Those will be put in a separate post later. But these are ~13 valuable principles that should help Christians and any who wish to have their nation thrive and progress know what leaders to support and which ones to reject has harmful to our future. There are higher level ideals for Israel at first to show the world a much higher way of wisdom that would bring wealth and freedom from debt, health, strong families, happiness, intelligence and national stability with thriving civilizations (Deut. 4:1-8, Deut. 28, Deut. 30:15-20).

 

Through Israel, these principles would be an example and blessing to all nations of the world as has most certain come true in areas ranging from human rights to civil law to education to medicine to Nobel Prizes and more (Gen. 18:22, 22:18). In time, other nations would be expected to follow these principles as well and they would also receive blessings for doing so (Jer. 12:14-17). There was a bare minimum level of ethical justice and human rights standards and prevention of poverty that even the worst pagans were expected to follow that as well (Ez. 16:49, Daniel 4:27 ).

Vast economic research by many researchers, both Christian and non-Christian has confirmed that following the simple principles of God that contain unrivaled wisdom will resolve a host of other problems that societies have. Economic professors such as Harvard professor of economics Dr. Niall Ferguson to Dr. Richard Wilkinson retired Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham to the widely respected Christian economist Dr. Michael Hudson have proven clearly in their extensive research that God’s principles are the ones that work.

 

1) KNOW GOD’S PRINCIPLES (esp. for national stability): If nation want to have success and thrive long term, God says they need to choose leaders that know God’s law well, leaders who are not addicted to greed or pride or sex with many women. These are some of the most important principles for making nations secure for generations. Here are some verses about that…for both Israeli and foreign leaders.

“The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself. “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.” Deuteronomy 17:17-20

“If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations.” Leviticus 25:18 (NLT)

“If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.” Proverbs 29:4-14

National leaders are supposed to imitate the rule of God in bringing compassion and justice for everyone (NOT creating oligarchies and plutocracies) as these and other verses say.

“His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” Isaiah 9:7

“Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness.” 1 Kings 10:9 (see also 2 Chron. 9:8)

“Solomon also built the throne room, known as the Hall of Justice, where he sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.” 1 Kings 7:7

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.” Psalm 89:14

 The Bible tells us that those who love God and are best for the stability of nations care about the rights of the poor:
“The godly care about the rights of the poor;the wicked don’t care at all.” Proverbs 29:7
 You can see an example of this in modern times in all 28 atheist states that existed. Each was totalitarian and human rights massively declined, as always happens when government make people ignorant of all their fundamental God-given rights in the Bible by banning teaching them in schools. Eventually they collapsed into tyranny and chaos.

But when the Bible comes to nations and people learn and follow its principles, especially government leaders, it can revolutionize nations. Loren Cunningham explains how this has happened in his book which he explains.

 
When bad leaders are chosen, it is because people did NOT listen to God. This is not an opinion. It’s a biblical fact.
 
“Now Israel pleads with me,‘Help us, for you are our God!’ But it is too late.The people of Israel have rejected what is good,and now their enemies will chase after them. The people have appointed kings without my consent,and princes without my approval.By making idols for themselves from their silver and gold,they have brought about their own destruction….Even though I gave them all my laws,they act as if those laws don’t apply to them.Hosea 8:2-4 (NLT)
 
Notice what it says, God allows hard times, enemies chasing people when they what?
 
1) “The people have appointed kings without my consent.”
 
2) “Even though I gave them all my laws,they act as if those laws don’t apply to them”
 
Sadly, much of western Christianianity has rejected God’s laws using the tragic fraud of anti-nomianism which is forbidden by numerous Bible verses such as Jude 3, 4; 1 John 2:4-6; Ephesians 5:1 and others. Jude actually says that if we use grace to argue that obeying God’s law isn’t important, that we are denying Jesus. Legalism of course is another damaging fraud on the other side as Eph. 2:8,9, and many other verses say.
 
What’s happening is that many Christians are being deceived into discarding the Bible and its truths by various deceptions.  Focus on the Family reported:
“A recent nationwide survey completed by the Barna Research Group determined that only 4 percent of Americans had a “biblical” worldview [and for] “born- again” believers in America, the results were a dismal 9 percent.”
And that’s based on people answering yes to just these questions (which ignores doctrines that God, prophets and apostles spoke of in 1000s of verses such as Bible economics, justice, poverty, health principles, marriage/family principles and more, principles that scientists have shown affect 10s of millions of lives with life and death consequences as well as trillions of dollars per year):

  • “Do absolute moral truths exist?
  • Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
  • Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
  • Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
  • Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
  • Is Satan real?
  • Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
  • Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?”

www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/christian-worldview/whats-a-christian-worldview/whats-a-worldview-anyway

It seems that the pseudo Christianity of many American Christians is being exposed as being very corrupt, harmful and in fact rebellion against God. This is not a new thing. It has been this way to a large extent for at least a century or so. They sowed an evil wind and now they are reaping the whirlwind.

 
But as the Bible teaches in Rev. 12:14;14:17, there are a remnant of people who do actually take God’s laws of freedom seriously. They are the ones who will survive this time and speak truth to power and be there to help pick up the broken families and broken lives from yet another form of rebellion against God. Maybe the nation can learn from its abominable mistakes in time, or maybe God will come back before that. Whatever, the main thing that Trump is going to accomplish is giving a lot more wealth to a few of his buddies and impoverishing the rest which will result in a lot more broken lives as has happened throughout history.
 
The one good thing about that is that more and more people will stop trusting people’s ideas to make a good future and come back to realizing that God’s ways are best. That’s happening in China where I was in June. The church is growing there at ~10% per year and China will in a few years have more Christians than any other nation in the world.
 
2) FAIR RIGHTS FOR ALL (natives or foreigners): Part of godly perfection means that we must treat the rights of foreigners as equal to our own and refuse to engage or support oppression. It’s the golden rule. So if you see a political leader advocating violence or bombing as a solution to a problem, esp. as one of the first solutions, this is not someone who can be biblically supported.
“Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord and are subject to the same decrees. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation.” Numbers 15:15 (NLT)
“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way.” Exodus 22:21 (see also Ex. 23:9, Zech. 7:10)
“Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.” Zechariah 7:10 (see also: Malachi 3:5)
“This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent! Jeremiah 22:3
3) LOVE JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS: National leaders should love justice and fairness, ensure that natural resources benefit everyone, defend the poor and crush their oppressors:
“Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all,and may the hills be fruitful.4 Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. Psalms 72:1-4 (see also v. 12-14)
 Pagan people and national leaders had this responsibility too:
“King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.” Daniel 4:27
“Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.” Ezekiel 16:49
 God repeatedly instructed leaders not to rule with prejudice. They must judge all fairly and objectively.
“True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans…” Deuteronomy 24:17
“Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.” Leviticus 19:15
4) LEADERS SHOULD NOT BE GREEDY OR PLAYBOYS/NO HOARDING: The Bible tells us that greed is the root of all evil. And it also repeatedly warns people, leaders and businessmen against greed and making money an idol above people. It specifically warned kings against amassing large amounts of wealth or many wives:
“The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.” Deut. 17:17
This was not just a principle and warning for Israeli people, but also for pagan people and government leaders.
“Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.” Ezekiel 16:49
“‘King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.’
It’s not only in the Old Testament either. Jesus and apostles frequently warned against greed and concentration of wealth and warned that it would be a virulent evil in the last days before Jesus comes:
 
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” Luke 12:15
Greed doesn’t just harm the poor, but the rich too.

“I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners.” Ecclesiastes 5:13

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” James 5:1-3

Godly leaders and people are supposed to prevent extreme inequalities and hoarding of collossal sums . Economic experts like Dr. Richard Wilkerson from the University of Nottingham are now  showing that there are a myriad of harmful effects when there are major inequalities in societies. He points out that because America has in recent decades experienced very extreme wealth gaps, that,
“If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark….there are endless problems with social gradients [crime, health, infant mortality, education, mental illness, trust, divorce, etc.) that are worse in more [economically] unequal countries — not just a little bit worse, but anything from twice as common to 10 times as common. Think of the expense, the human cost of that. …in the more equal countries on the left — Japan, Finland, Norway, Sweden — the top 20 percent are about three and a half, four times as rich as the bottom 20 percent. But on the more unequal end — U.K., Portugal, USA, Singapore — the differences are twice as big. ” Dr. Wilkinson (in his TED talk)

Wilkinson reports evidence that suggests that if we halved inequality (in the UK specifically, but it would apply similarly elsewhere):

  • – Murder rates could halve
  • – Mental illness could reduce by two thirds
  • – Obesity could halve
  • – Imprisonment could reduce by 80%
  • – Teen births could reduce by 80%
  • – Levels of trust could increase by 85%

This may help people understand why the Bible says things like this:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
“Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken. The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:8-9
 
I’ve experienced quite a bit of debt slavery due to greed/injustice and the far worse damage it does to families. But there are millions who have suffered even more I’ve seen how it cruelly ruins and rips apart families and I know from experience and science how that causes all sorts of dysfunctional people and addictions that just profit the elite and cause much grief and misery for billions.. That and being in poverty movements for decades and doing a great deal of reading the research and studying the Bible intensively on this topic to see God’s solutions are probably why I understand the enormous evil that it is more than most others.
 
The highly respected Christian aid agency Oxfam cites over 40 references about the reality of massive economic injustice around the world and its destructive consequences.
https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cost-of-inequality-oxfam-mb180113.pdf
And this is only a small part of the iceberg including it being a cause of sex slavery, chattel slavery, debt slavery, most wars, ~95% of terrorism as a study by Dr. Robert Pape at the University of Chicago has found(showing that it’s cause is NOT religion as the media often reports..people in desperation due to poverty just turn to something other than government that seems to be offering some solutions). There are MANY more.
Much research reaffirms the Bible’s repeated warnings against hoarding and high concentrations of wealth and its statement that the root of all evil is greed (1 Tim. 6:10). The research shows that high levels of inequality (especially where the top 20% have more than 9 times more than the bottom 20%) has a myriad of destructive effects that include:
*increased levels of violence, crime, civil unrest,
*more problems with mental health problems, infant mortality and obesity (for the poor, middle class and rich).
*Lower social mobility, people being unable to move into a higher economic status no matter how hard they work.
*Lower economic growth since a billionaire simply has no need to buy 1000s of items that people in 1000s of families would need. If just $1 billion of 1 billionaire were given to 1000+ families instead of welfare for the rich, they could buy 1000+ houses, cars and numerous other things, vastly increasing economic growth, creating many jobs, supporting small businesses and improving the flow of money throughout the economy as well as driving down inequality.
“The growth of the Asian tiger economies like Korea was achieved whilst reducing inequality and meant the benefits were widely spread across their societies.”
*High concentrations of wealth along with greed in the elite lead to to policies that benefit the richest few and not the poor majority, even in democracies.
*”Richer people are happier and healthier if they live in more equal societies”
* “Extreme inequality increases damage to the environment.”
 
How do we reduce inequality? There are many well known ways:
A) LAND EQUALITY: “The World Bank has shown that countries with more equal distribution of land are more equitable and more efficient,and grow faster40.”
 
B) FREE SERVICES: “Free public services are crucial to leveling the playing field. In countries like Sweden, knowing that if you get sick or that you will receive good treatment regardless of your income, is one of the greatest achievements and the greatest equalizers of the modern world. Knowing that if you lose your job, or fall on hard times, there is a safety net to help you and your family, is also key to tackling inequality. Similarly, access to good quality education for all is a huge weapon against inequality.
 
C) REGULATE CORPORATIONS/THE WEALTHY:
Finally, regulation and taxation play a critical role in reining in extreme wealth and inequality. Limits to bonuses, or to how much people can earn as a multiple of the earnings of the lowest paid, limits to interest rates, limits to capital accumulation are all only recently-abandoned policy instruments that can be revived.
 
D) NO WELFARE FOR THE RICH: Progressive taxation that redistributes wealth from the rich to the poor is essential, but currently the opposite is the case – taxation is increasingly regressive and the poor pay higher effective tax rates than the rich, a point recently highlighted by Warren Buffet among others, who has called for greater taxes on the rich48.
 
E) NO TAX HAVENS: Cracking down on tax avoidance and tax evasion goes hand in hand with more progressive taxation. Closing tax havens and ending the global race to the bottom on taxation, for example with a globally agreed minimum rate of corporation tax would make a huge difference It is estimated that up to a quarter of all global wealth – as much as $32 trillion – is held offshore.” If that was taxed at the rate the middle class is taxed, it could end poverty worldwide over 100 times, easily.
 
This explains why “all of the major religions caution against the pursuit of excessive wealth at all costs and prescribe sharing of income with less fortunate members of the community.”
 
 Atheism unfortunately has no warnings or human rights standards in economics or on any other topic. But neither do anti-nomian Christians who have robbed so many Christians of crucial knowledge in this area and are guilty for propelling Trump to the White House…and propelling Clinton would have resulted in similar problems.
 
5) NATIONAL LEADERS SHOULD PROTECT THE POOR FROM POVERTY AND INJUSTICE (prevent inequality):

One of the most important job of national leaders in Israel (as well as in other countries in ancient times) was to prevent extremes of economic injustice.

“Give your love of justice to the king, O God,and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way;let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all,and may the hills be fruitful. Help him to defend the poor,to rescue the children of the needy,and to crush their oppressors….He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.He feels pity for the weak and the needy,and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence,for their lives are precious to him.” Psalms 72:1-4,12-14

 
6) PERMANENT LAND RIGHTS/BAN INTEREST: God told the Israelite nation again and again that each family must have a permanent right to land (outside cities). It is only the government that can protect this right and prevent the powerful or rich from violating it. The value of land around the world now is ~$217 trillion and most is monopolized by a few people which inevitably destroys several kinds of freedom for all others. God said about this:
 
“If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations….Then the land will yield large crops, and you will eat your fill and live securely in it…“The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me…In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land. Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Leviticus 25:18-19,23, 28, 36 (see also Joshua 13-18)
 Ensuring that each family has a home and garden (outside the city), is the key factor in national peace and prosperity.
“During the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, each family had its own home and garden.” 1 Kings 4:25 NLT
 After the 1st exile, God through Nehemiah focused on land rights and banning interest. If there are economic hardships, the government should first of look to see if the rich have been charging interest or monopolizing land and then require them to return the interest/land they have wrongfully stolen.

“About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews…We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. When I heard their complaints, I was very angry. After thinking it over, I spoke out against these nobles and officials. I told them, “You are hurting your own relatives by charging interest when they borrow money!” Then I called a public meeting to deal with the problem. At the meeting I said to them, “We are doing all we can to redeem our Jewish relatives who have had to sell themselves to pagan foreigners, but you are selling them back into slavery again. How often must we redeem them?” And they had nothing to say in their defense.

“What you are doing is not right! Should you not walk in the fear of our God in order to avoid being mocked by enemy nations?…now let us stop this business of charging interest. You must restore their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and homes to them this very day. And repay the interest you charged when you lent them money, grain, new wine, and olive oil. They replied, “We will give back everything and demand nothing more from the people. We will do as you say.”” Nehemiah 5:1,5-12 (NLT)

 After the 2nd exile, God again focused on land rights and included rights for foreigners this time:
“Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes. These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” Ezekiel 47:22,23
 
The New Testament church in Acts 2/4 compensated for government failures to distribute land fairly by the wealthy giving extra land and houses to other Christians after their own family’s needs and comforts were taken care of. Then as they had more resources they took care of others. This is one of the biggest reasons why Christianity revolutionized the ancient world and beat the Roman empire.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/why/appeal.html
 
As a result of the 2008 crisis, up to 10 million people lost ownership of their homes, more than lost their homes in the great depression.
www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25643
http://www.wsj.com/articles/many-who-lost-homes-to-foreclosure-in-last-decade-wont-return-nar-1429548640
 
The Christian economist Dr. Hudson also agrees that as a result of the 2008 crisis that happened because of many mistakes and failures by both republicans and democrats, millions lost their homes. Now these people have to pay up to 40% of their salary in rent. He points out that in the declining days of the Roman empire when plutocracy and exploitation by the rich was rampant, it was said: “Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.” The same policy of the wealthy entertaining the population with sports and dramas and violence is happening now as it did in ancient Rome. https://sputniknews.com/radio_double_down/201608021043866518-bread-circuses-taco-bowls/
 
In the area of interest, most families are in what the Bible and scholars calls debt slavery. The average family has over $132,000 in debt and pays around $7,000 in interest every year.
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-card-data/average-credit-card-debt-household/
 
This consumes enormous amounts of time and energy in working extra jobs, talking to people or learning ways to transfer the debt to cheaper places or reduce the interest and other things.
 
7) NO FAVORS FOR THE POOR OR RICH: People and governments should not give the rich special favors and treatment(such as the abusive trickle-down economics, which is actually welfare for the rich for no work done and ruins the middle class and poor and small businesses over time as economic research has shown):
“A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.” Proverbs 22:16
 
The Bible STRICTLY forbids the government from favoring the wealthy and hoarding wealth..and not just for Israel. That was the primary sin of Sodom and Babylon, identified by Daniel as wickedness. They have ONLY produced slavery in the form of plutocracy. NEVER EVER anything else. PERIOD.
 
Trickle down economics violates Bible principles above. It ONLY benefits the wealthy since it is welfare for the rich for no work done. It’s already been tried and failed badly.
 
The Bible defines being in debt as slavery. Even the architect of trickle down economics agreed that it does not work and it was at that time that America began to be a plutocracy according to Princeton studies. Trump’s policies of gargantuan trickle down fraud against the poor and middle class, welfare for the rich..have never ever ONCE in history worked.
 
Reagan’s chief budget advisor, David Stockman would have delighted in telling the world that Reagan’s tax cuts accomplished exactly what the Reagan administration promised … if he could as an honest man. Here is his own evaluation of the Reagan tax cuts in response to Trump’s tax plan: (I admire his honesty.)
 
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What is profoundly disappointing about the Trump campaign’s stab at a semi-coherent economic plan is that it is a dog’s breakfast of some plausible policy ideas, really bad fiscal math and a relapse to the discredited, 35 year-old dogma of sweeping income tax cuts which pay for themselves.
 
They don’t. As the great Dwight D. Eisenhower proved in the context of the modern welfare and warfare states, politicians have to earn the right to favor the voters with tax reductions by firstdispensing the pain of spending cutbacks and without an exemption for the military-industrial complex, either.
 
Following those precepts, Ike balanced the budget several times; generated an average deficit of less than 1% of GDP during his tenure; shrank the defense budget by 33% in real terms; and presided over the strongest 8-year growth rate (about 3.3%) of any post-war GOP president, including Ronald Reagan.
 
By contrast, the Reagan White House—me included—-fell for the theory of “dynamic scoring” and that the big cuts in the income tax rates would partially pay for themselves via revenue “flowback”. Back in those days the latter was expressed in an economic forecast known as Rosy Scenario, which assumed that in response to the supply side tax cuts, the US economy would get up on its hind legs and leap forward at a real GDP growth rate of more than 4% per year, and as far as the eye could see.
 
What happened instead, of course, is that the US economy plunged into the drink of the deep 1982 recession and the Federal deficit soared to 5% of GDP—a truly shocking outcome back in those innocent days when the old-time fiscal religion still had roots inside the beltway. And it would have also caused enormous economic havoc had not the Gipper’s advisors—me included—talked him to signing three tax bills over 1982-1984 that recaptured roughly 40% of the revenue loss from his cherished tax cuts.
 
Even then, the public debt grew by 250% during Reagan’s eight years—-or by more than under any peacetime President in American history. Yet even to this day the GOP politicians and their economic advisers profess a case of heavy duty amnesia about what happened, claiming that real GDP grew by upwards of 4.5% and that these results were proof positive that “dynamic scoring” of budget of tax cuts is valid.
 
Worse still, they appear to have convinced Donald Trump of this same fallacious revisionist history because it was embedded at the core of the Thursday speech’s fiscal math. (David Stockman’s Contra Corner)
 
Reagan’s chief budget advisor, David Stockman would have delighted in telling the world that Reagan’s tax cuts accomplished exactly what the Reagan administration promised … if he could as an honest man. Here is his own evaluation of the Reagan tax cuts in response to Trump’s tax plan: (I admire his honesty.)
 
What is profoundly disappointing about the Trump campaign’s stab at a semi-coherent economic plan is that it is a dog’s breakfast of some plausible policy ideas, really bad fiscal math and a relapse to the discredited, 35 year-old dogma of sweeping income tax cuts which pay for themselves.
 
They don’t. As the great Dwight D. Eisenhower proved in the context of the modern welfare and warfare states, politicians have to earn the right to favor the voters with tax reductions by firstdispensing the pain of spending cutbacks and without an exemption for the military-industrial complex, either.
 
Following those precepts, Ike balanced the budget several times; generated an average deficit of less than 1% of GDP during his tenure; shrank the defense budget by 33% in real terms; and presided over the strongest 8-year growth rate (about 3.3%) of any post-war GOP president, including Ronald Reagan.
 
By contrast, the Reagan White House—me included—-fell for the theory of “dynamic scoring” and that the big cuts in the income tax rates would partially pay for themselves via revenue “flowback”. Back in those days the latter was expressed in an economic forecast known as Rosy Scenario, which assumed that in response to the supply side tax cuts, the US economy would get up on its hind legs and leap forward at a real GDP growth rate of more than 4% per year, and as far as the eye could see.
 
What happened instead, of course, is that the US economy plunged into the drink of the deep 1982 recession and the Federal deficit soared to 5% of GDP—a truly shocking outcome back in those innocent days when the old-time fiscal religion still had roots inside the beltway. And it would have also caused enormous economic havoc had not the Gipper’s advisors—me included—talked him to signing three tax bills over 1982-1984 that recaptured roughly 40% of the revenue loss from his cherished tax cuts.
 
Even then, the public debt grew by 250% during Reagan’s eight years—-or by more than under any peacetime President in American history. Yet even to this day the GOP politicians and their economic advisers profess a case of heavy duty amnesia about what happened, claiming that real GDP grew by upwards of 4.5% and that these results were proof positive that “dynamic scoring” of budget of tax cuts is valid.
 
Worse still, they appear to have convinced Donald Trump of this same fallacious revisionist history because it was embedded at the core of the Thursday speech’s fiscal math. (David Stockman’s Contra Corner)
 
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-22/trump-tax-plan-turns-donald-trickle-down-king
 
 See also:

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/19/reaganomics_killed_americas_middle_class_partner/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5CCRI1vdwE

https://mises.org/library/myths-reaganomics

 
One of the big takeaways in Thomas Piketty’s much-discussed Capital in the Twenty-First Century was that deep gulfs of inequality are the historical norm, and the relatively low inequality of the mid-20th century was in fact an anomaly. There is no reason, in other words, to assume inequalities will flatten without policy changes.The International Monetary Fund has also done research showing that there is no clear link between inequality, redistribution, and growth among rich Western nations. So we know that smart efforts to push back on inequality and provide economic security won’t — as conservative economists love to argue — make us all poorer. Inequality, in sum, is a choice, and we can make a different choice.There is growing realization that government action is the only reason poverty fell since the late 1960s, and likely the only reason it would fall again in the future. This recognition has spurred liberals to become much more aggressive in defending the winning parts of the war on poverty, which, properly measured, cut poverty by 40 percent. There’s been a renaissance for the minimum wage in terms of cutting-edge research and activism. The debate is now not whether it should rise but how high it should go. www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/9/15/12923528/liberal-economics-great-recession-policy-clinton
 
 
Trump is choosing a cabinet of cronies, drawn from the establishment and major banks like Goldman Sachs who have been instrumental in causing many of the economic problems in the first place.
 
http://time.com/4377225/donald-trump-washington-elite/
www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/7/13551988/donald-trump-cabinet-cronies
 
 But liberal politics also do a great deal to hurt the poor.
www.democracynow.org/2010/4/1/clinton_rice www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2015/12/27/liberal-priorities-all-seem-to-hurt-the-poor/2/#50727f211426
 
 
8) ALL SHOULD PAY TAX: All must pay taxes so that government workers can be paid (Romans 13:6,7). This must be done with no partiality, so no special handouts to the rich.
“You must never twist justice or show partiality.” Deuteronomy 16:19 (2 Chron. 19:7, Prov. 28:21, Deut. 10:17)
 The Panama papers scandals and others have shown that the most wealthy people are not paying taxes that they should. They have hidden up to $32 trillion dollars in offshore accounts and it’s not been taxed. They use loopholes and tax havens to avoid paying a great deal of taxes, sometimes all taxes that they should. If that money was taxed at normal rates, it could easily end poverty worldwide over 100 times (depending on which expert you read, it would take between $60 billion and $175 billion to end poverty worldwide). Greed truly causes enormous amounts of evil.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/08/the-panama-papers-oozing-slime/

9) OPPOSE FREE TRADE
The Bible forbids charging interest to the poor, but at the same time it allows charging interest to people from other countries.
You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countryman you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you in all your undertakings in the land where you are going, in order to take possession of it.  Deuteronomy 23:20
This is in major conflict with something that many countries advocate now, free trade. Free trade aims at eliminating all the interest and taxes between countries.God usually says that Israelis and foreigners must follow the same standards (Numbers 15:15) and that all are equal (Gal. 3:28). So why would this difference exist? Since all God’s laws are meant for our good, there has to be a reason.Bill Clinton explains what happened when his government went against this principle, thinking they could help poorer countries leapfrog. President Bill Clinton, now the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, publicly apologized last month for forcing Haiti to drop tariffs on imported, subsidized US rice during his time in office. The policy wiped out Haitian rice farming and seriously damaged Haiti’s ability to be self-sufficient. He said:

“Since 1981, the United States has followed a policy, until the last year or so when we started rethinking it, that we rich countries that produce a lot of food should sell it to poor countries and relieve them of the burden of producing their own food, so, thank goodness, they can leap directly into the industrial era. It has not worked. It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake. It was a mistake that I was a party to. I am not pointing the finger at anybody. I did that. I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did. Nobody else…

I first saw Bob Zoellick say the same thing, the head of the World Bank, where he said, you know, starting in 1981, the wealthy agricultural producing countries genuinely believed that they and the emerging agricultural powers in Brazil and Argentina, which are the only two places that have, parenthetically, increased wheat yields per acre, grain yields per acre in the last decade, because they’re the only places with more than twenty feet of topsoil, that they really believed for twenty years that if you moved agricultural production there and then facilitated its introduction into poorer places, you would free those places to get aid to skip agricultural development and go straight into an industrial era.

And it’s failed everywhere it’s been tried. And you just can’t take the food chain out of production. And it also undermines a lot of the culture, the fabric of life, the sense of self-determination. And I have been involved for several years in agricultural products, principally in Rwanda, Malawi, other places in Africa, and now increasingly in Latin America, and I see this.

So we genuinely thought we were helping Haiti when we restored President Aristide, made a commitment to help rebuild the infrastructure through the Army Corps of Engineers there, and do a lot of other things. And we made this devil’s bargain on rice. And it wasn’t the right thing to do. We should have continued to work to help them be self-sufficient in agriculture. And we — that’s a lot of what we’re doing now. We’re thinking about how can we get the coffee production up, how can we get other kinds of — the mango production up — we had an announcement on that yesterday —- the avocados, lots of other things.
https://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/1/clinton_rice

 
Some  activists though do not really think it was an accident though. One says:
Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté : This is Slick Willie, and they come with the message. They know the sensitivity of the Haitian community — I can say of the progressive American community, too — to all these maneuvers. And so they know the language. We hear the word “solidarity.” We hear the word “sovereignty.” We hear the word — we hear all the right words. But once again, to me, it’s total smoke.
https://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/1/clinton_rice
 
10) INTERDEPENDENCE: Children are dependent on parents. Adults are independent. But the highest level of living is when independent people join together in communities to complement/cover the weak points of each person and maximize strengths. Then they become interdependent, the most successful level of living. The Bible repeatedly advocates this kind of living.
“always try to do good to each other and to all people.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (see also Phil. 2:4 and others)
 
NT writers speak of how people should first take care of their family’s needs and ensure a basic decent life for them and then look to see how they can benefit others in the church and then outside it, not hoard wealth (1 John 3:17). When we have funds or resources, they need to be focused on the most serious human needs and creating as much equality and independence as we can.
“Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.” 2 Cor. 8:13-14
 
11) AIM FOR PERFECTION: The Bible repeatedly teaches people at all levels to aim for perfection. So leaders should not just know the principles above, but also do all they can to follow them.
“Aim for perfection…and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
 
12) CONFESS SINS: All humans make mistakes. It happens. If leaders are wise and want to progress past those mistakes, they need to have a character of humility, recognize the harmful things they have done, and be willing to confess and make them right as much as they can. King David exemplified this with his serious sin
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.” Psalms 51:1-3
 
13) DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS ENEMIES TO HARASS: Throughout the Bible and also after Bible times, when people and national leaders and governments ignored the principles above, it caused great distress for many people. This distress and lack of knowledge about God’s principles made it easy for enemies of God to deceive, dupe and enslave multitudes. This is especially true in the economic areas. Almost every place where communism succeeded and where the Nazis were victorious, there was first a great deal of economic injustice, poverty, debt, etc. due to nations and sometimes Christians ignoring God’s principles. God and prophets said:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6
 Later God said that when people choose kings without His consent, especially leaders who ignore the laws God gave for freedom and stability, God will allow enemies to chase them as He did with Israel:
Now Israel pleads with me,‘Help us, for you are our God!’ But it is too late.The people of Israel have rejected what is good,and now their enemies will chase after them. The people have appointed kings without my consent,and princes without my approval.By making idols for themselves from their silver and gold,they have brought about their own destruction….Even though I gave them all my laws,they act as if those laws don’t apply to them.” Hosea 8:2-4,12
 These are some principles that God gave in regard to national stability and the traits national leaders should have. God is in control, yes. But He allows natural cause and effect to happen when churches, communities and governments ignore His principles.
 
 They are why I am supporting the Constitution Party, not because I am attached to some political party, but because I know God is wisest and I go and find organizations that are closer to His unrivaled wisdom. These 2 sites explain more of why this is the best choice.
questions.truth-is-life.org/vote.html,
https://vimeo.com/77463839

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