#121 The Inflation Tax

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#121 The Inflation Tax Christians are taught to save money, and avoid debt.  But our national economic decision-makers are encouraging the opposite because of the inflation tax.    All dogs will go to heaven, but no taxes will.  The idea actually stems from James Madison, who wrote in Federalist #51: If men were angels, no…

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#90 Equality or Equity

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#90 Equality or Equity? Christians believe in equality of opportunity, not equity of outcomes.  This comes from our belief about salvation.  The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The Inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.  Winston Churchill Here’s the difference between equality and equity.  Equality means equal opportunity. …

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#88 Don’t Fear the Future

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#88 Don’t Fear the Future The Devil and the media want you to fear the future.  A Christian Economist rationally understands that the present is better than it’s ever been, and the future is protected by God.   Where we get the Patient to Worry In letter 15 of the Screwtape letters, CS Lewis “The…

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#87 Gross National Freedom

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# 87 Gross National Freedom The intersection of Christianity and Economics is freedom.  Freedom is favored by both the Christian worldview and the economic thriving it produces. The intersection of Christianity & Economics is freedom.  I am recording this podcast during the week of July 4, Independence Day.  So it seems appropriate to address the…

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#86 Bidenomics and Economic Reality

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#86  Bidenomics and Economic Reality The policies of Bidenomics are not grounded in economic reality not the Christian Worldview.  It is more a political movement than economic reality.   The reason there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, is because our worldview fits reality.   We believe God created a perfect world, fallen humans…

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#84 Big Tech as Big Brother

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#84 Big Tech as Big Brother Christian Economists don’t want a Big Brother, because we have a Good Father. The Free Market Forum is a conference supported by Hillsdale College in Michigan.  I have attended a few times and always learned something valuable about the interaction of Christianity and Economics.  A couple years ago, there…

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#83 Secular Stagnation

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Secular Stagnation Secular stagnation is caused by economic policies that are rooted in a non-Christian worldview. “The award for shortest-lived economic theory in history goes to Larry Summers for Secular Stagnation.” That’s a quip I wrote to a friend a few years ago.  Here’s the background.  There were questions about why the economy was not…

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#80 Incentivizing Sloth

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Incentivizing Sloth The US Government has increased unemployment benefits, which means many workers are paid more to stay home than to work.  The Christian worldview clearly states that we should not incentivize sloth.    In the Wall Street Journal this week, Daniel Henninger asks “Is the American work ethic dying?”  and the subtitle reads, “Covid…

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#79 There is No Free Manna

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There is No Free Manna Profligate spending is not Biblical because it violates the scriptural truths about fair measures and stealing.  It harms the poor, the old, and the young.   Manna in the desert was free.  Government money in 2021 is not.   Joe Biden is not God, Janet Yellen is not Moses and…

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#78 Are We Born Good?

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Are we Born Good? We are not born good. The Christian Worldview explains how fallen people are called to redeem the world by increasing consumer surplus for their neighbors. Chloe Zhao, received the Oscar for best director for her film Nomadland.  Ms Zhao, who moved to the U.S. when she was in high school, referenced…

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