Vatican banker: Economic crisis likely to keep getting worse.

A devout Catholic and father of five who used to be a director of Santander bank, Gotti Tedeschi has consistently said the underlying causes of the current economic crisis, particularly in Europe, is a decline in the birth rate.

The Western world’s population growth rate (zero percent, or two children per couple) has led to a profound change in the structure of society, with less productivity and an aging population, leading to the inability of governments to reduce taxes, he said.

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Cigarette taxes going up again. Maybe it’s time for a “gay” tax!

For many, many years our government has taken a schizophrenic approach to public health. It seems certain behaviors in American culture are officially disfavored while others are protected. For instance, public health officials have long waged war on smoking and illicit drug use, but little is said about alcohol beyond discouraging drunk driving.

Homosexual behavior, an act associated with 72% of new male AIDS cases? Oh, well that’s completely different. Unlike smoking, homosexuality is a politically favored behavior, one that public health and other government officials pretend is normal, natural and healthy even though numerous public health sources (including the Centers for Disease Control) have published data for years that show a vastly elevated risk among the homosexual community for AIDS transmission, syphilis, gonorrhea, Herpes, HPV, hepatitis, anal cancer, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide and domestic violence.

If smoking were half as dangerous as homosexual behavior, we would have outlawed it decades ago. Yet because homosexual behavior has become a politically protected behavior in the wake of aggressive activist protests, we attempt to accomplish a sort of mental juggling act that always keeps the consequences of the behavior in a separate hand from the behavior itself. As long as we can keep pretending that the consequences and the actions have no connection, we can keep feeling good about this behavior…and keep the vociferous activists placated and off our backs, right?

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Corporate president explains, “Why I’m Not Hiring.”

Meet Sally (not her real name; details changed to preserve privacy).

Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay among the 83 people at my little company in New Jersey, where we provide audio systems for use in educational, commercial and industrial settings.

She’s been with us for over 15 years. She’s a high school graduate with some specialized training.

She makes $59,000 a year—on paper. In reality, she makes only $44,000 a year because $15,000 is taken from her thanks to various deductions and taxes, all of which form the steep, sad slope between gross and net pay.

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Google Raises Eyebrows With New Gay-Only Employee Benefit


A new Google policy is raising some eyebrows after the company revealed it will be compensating employees for taxes paid on domestic partners’ health benefits – but only if they’re gay.

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Sobering video just in time for Independence Day. Watch it … before it’s too late!

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I Don’t Believe in Gravity!

 

I Don’t Believe in Gravity!

by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Don’t you agree that gravity is a nuisance? Think of the dropped items that wouldn’t break, and of the tumbles we would never take, if only Sir Isaac Newton, the 17th century British scientist who stated the Law of Gravity, had never been born. Life would be so much better without gravity, right?

 

Wrong.

Does anyone really think that until Newton stated the Law of Gravity, Englishman were free to float around above the countryside like untethered children’s balloons?

Of course not. Newton described gravity; he didn’t invent it. Gravity was never optional. Through Newton we understood it. There are spiritual laws of reality, as well, that are not optional. Those of us who believe that the good Lord created us regard Him as the expert in human nature. Therefore the instruction book He gave us, the Bible, is filled with guidance that matches our inborn natures.

For instance, when the Good Book labels promiscuity as a sin, believers understand that God is not merely indicating His displeasure at this behavior. Just as importantly, He is assuring us that it runs counter to our human needs. Promiscuity violates the spiritual laws of reality and causes just as much damage as diving out of a 20th floor window.

Consider taxation, whose first Biblical mention appears in Genesis 41.

Bewildered by his disturbing dreams, Pharaoh unsuccessfully seeks explanations from his courtiers. Finally his butler remembers the dream interpreting Joseph, who has been unjustly imprisoned for alleged sexual harassment. Joseph interprets the king’s dreams to be God’s forewarning of seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of famine.

In verse 34 Joseph recommends applying a tax upon the Egyptian economy during the good years. “Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land and collect up a fifth part during the seven years of plenty.” He very specifically suggests a figure of one fifth -or 20%-as the total tax on the country’s gross domestic product. Although he was an outsider to Pharaoh’s court, an alien jailbird, his counsel was acceptable not only to Pharaoh, but even more surprisingly:

“…the thing was good in the eyes of all his (Pharaoh’s) servants” (verse 37).

That a Jewish outsider’s recommendation to tax an entire country should please the monarch stretches credibility. That his subjects also found the recommendation pleasing can mean only one thing: Joseph was not imposing a new tax; he was reducing an existing one.

The tax rate they were all paying according to ancient Jewish wisdom was considerably higher than Joseph’s twenty percent. Being allowed to retain eighty percent of the fruits of their labors threw them into work with renewed energy. This tax reduction invigorated the Egyptians and, as one would expect, their economy thrived. Verse 47 confirms that”the earth brought forth by heaps.”

Most everyone accepts the need for some taxation. But when rates exceed certain limits, even law-abiding folks rebel by whatever means they can. This is no stain on their characters. They are responding to human nature. On tax rates, as on so many other issues, the Torah does not proscribe as much as it describes. It tells us about the immutable laws of human affairs.

Similarly when the Book of Numbers, 36:8 insists:
“the children of Israel shall enjoy, each man, the inheritance of his fathers,”

it is also telling us something of enduring importance: how to link consecutive generations.

Societies build healthy economies over time when citizens continue building upon the foundations constructed by their parents. People will labor and create tirelessly if they know that in so doing, they are bettering the lives of their children and their grandchildren. Men and women legitimately seek immortality through their children, which is why the Bible devotes so much space to the complexities of inheritance law.
When deciding whether to walk down a few flights of stairs or whether to take the quick route out the window, it helps to accept gravity as a fact.

When deciding rates of taxation, whether to live promiscuously, or whether a deceased parent’s wealth should belong to society or to his children, it is just as helpful to accept the Bible’s laws of human nature as fact.

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