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A Proverbial Experiment

Julie, who blogs over at Pacificus, made comment to the previous post on the pattern of Bush and the Republican Congress spending patterns in every budget of the Bush Admin. I thought it was pretty cool:

"This is what comes of not preaching sermons out of Proverbs, I suppose. How is it that fiscal irresponsibility is classified as moral virtue? I'm starting a contest for commercial ideas on this topic (and other progressive topics, if there's interest). Come and visit, if you like. "

You should go visit, I'm still thinking about what type of commercial would best describe things...By way of that and Julie's reference to Proverbs, I started a thought exercise to look up some of Proverb's statements on fiancial management and tried to relook at the Republican budget and financial policies through the lens of some of it's precepts...

This by NO means exaustive, and on purpose confined to the Book of Proverbs, but maybe helpful...Feel free to add more in the comments:

Commands to save and avoid debt:

Proverbs 13:11
"Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow."

Proverbs 6:6-8
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."

And some practical warning for those who don't:

Proverbs 22:
"Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. "

Proverbs 22:7
"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

Commands to work hard to compete well in the marketplace and to avoid laziness:

Proverbs 10:4
"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."

Proverbs 21:17
"He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich."

Proverbs 20:13 "Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare."

Care and give to the poor, do not expoit the fact that they have no power:

Proverbs 22:9
"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor."

Proverbs 14:31
"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God."

Proverbs 22:22-23
"Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them."

Proverbs 28:8
"He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor."
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5/07/2005 12:01:00 AM

Here is another:

The State should be just and fair, using accurate and straightforwardly true numbers, or measurements:

proverbs 16:10-12

"The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice. Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making."

However Bush's budgets DO NOT include the cost of the wars we are in...

Pelosi said: "Although appropriations for Iraq approach $200 billion, the President's budget requests no money for the war on the grounds that the cost is unknowable. Instead the President chooses to include a figure for the war's cost - zero - that everyone knows to be wrong....Here we are today, on Thursday, talking about a supplemental with a set amount in it for emergency funding for our troops, and we passed the budget last Thursday. It wasn't one week ago that we didn't know what the cost would be and now we do know this week. This is simply not an honest way to do our budget."

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