Jesus and the pope
All of a sudden the left has a crush on the sitting pope since he is talking about income re-distribution. They say that’s what Jesus wanted and would do.
When Jesus gave away food to the masses it was accompanied with lectures about heaven and the kingdom of God. The left and the ACLU-types wouldn’t put up with that for a minute.
I regularly donate to food banks and drives, but feel the government takes too big of a cut to administer the re-distribution of taxes. As far as I know, Jesus gave away bread and fish. I’m pretty sure he didn’t pay anyone’s cell phone or cable bill.
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— Timothy Marron, Grapevine
FDR’s war on poverty
Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew how to fight poverty. You throw everything at it, including the kitchen sink. Public Works Administration project 1342 (a.k.a, the Will Rogers Memorial Complex) cost just over $581,000 in 1937. I venture to guess it earned back its cost more than a hundred-fold long before now.
Unemployment? FDR had the solution for that, too. The Civilian Conservation Corps put hundreds of thousands of jobless folks back to work building infrastructure that generated millions of private sector jobs, and that in turn made the CCC obsolete in less than 10 years.
The lesson of history is clear: When you’re in a slump, prime the pump.
We do not need a new plan to fight poverty. We have the blueprint ready to go. And for those who bewail deficit spending, remember the cardinal rule of business in a free market: “You have to spend money to make money.”
Congress needs to get off its broad political background and put some doggone money where its lip service is.
— Paul R. Schattman, Arlington
Smoking and ‘quakes’
Two items on page 11B of Friday’s paper, one about tobacco control programs and the other on gas industry operations and earthquakes, provide a startling juxtaposition. (See: “Not another 50 years of smoke” and “Blaming quakes on gas industry a difficult fight”)
Fifty years ago death and disease from cigarette smoking was dismissed by defenders claiming no evidence, no scientific link.
However, anecdotally we knew better. Fast forward to today and everyone — even the tobacco industry — acknowledges the dangers of using tobacco.
As reported by Mike Norman, Railroad Commissioner David Porter’s “we need facts not speculation” comment could easily be a quote from a tobacco industry defender from 50 years ago. Yet, perhaps anecdotally we know better.
So can we just skip to the part where we agree gas operations cause small earthquakes? Why wait 50 years?
— Ross Bannister, Grapevine
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