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Parker: The Economy Is Also About Values

By Star Parker

Somehow we've come to accept the notion that there are separate "economic" issues and "social" issues in our politics. The former issues supposedly have to do with our pocketbook and the latter touch on religious values and behavior. But this is a mistake. The economy is also a social issue -- a values issue. It's about the extent to which we respect private property and protect it from politicians.

Respect for private property is disdained in socialist countries. Our respect for the sanctity of private property reflects our values as much as does our respect for the sanctity of life and marriage.

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees protection from being "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law." The Ten Commandments demand respect for marriage (honor your parents) and for life and property (don't kill, don't steal).

Consider the Obamacare mandate, which went into effect Aug. 1, requiring employers to provide "free" contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs to employees as part of their health care plan. The uproar about this has been about its violation of religious liberty -- forcing employers to provide these services regardless of their religious convictions.

But this wouldn't be possible without politicians commandeering private resources of citizens to pay for this mandate.

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University activist who gained notoriety when she was verbally assaulted by Rush Limbaugh after she testified in favor of the contraceptive mandate, still promotes the cause. In a recent Huffington Post column, she touts Obamacare as a victory for women's "health care rights" and the fact that contraceptives are now available "at no cost."

At no cost? Will contraceptives drop from heaven like manna? "At no cost" really means that one political interest group has succeeded at the expense of another's right to keep government out of their private property.

When blacks fought for civil rights in the 1960s, the rights they fought for were equal treatment under the law. Protection of their life, liberty and property. It had nothing to do with claiming any so-called right to violate the private property of some and force them to pay for another's lifestyle choices.

The costs of Obamacare, including paying for Sandra Fluke's contraceptives, come out of our hide in the higher prices we'll pay for products, as companies pass on their higher health care costs to consumers. And as wages stagnate, as employers take bigger chunks of paychecks to cover health insurance costs.

The CEO of Papa John's Pizza recently said that Obamacare will add 11 to 14 cents in cost to each pizza delivered.

University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales notes in his new book, "A Capitalism for the People," "If workers feel poorer, it is because rising health insurance premiums have been swallowing up most of their real wage increases of recent years." Premiums for family coverage, per Zingales, rose 50 percent from 2003 to 2010.

According to economist Art Laffer, government stimulus spending over the last five years totaled $4 trillion. That's almost $13,000 for every American man, woman and child. Our money, spent by politicians, according to Laffer, goes to "banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can't make it on their own, unemployment benefits, and the like."

How can we possibly have a functioning economy when politicians can randomly steal from citizens? When, basically, we have legalized theft? This is why our economic crisis is also a crisis in values.

At the root of our floundering economy is a loss of respect for the sanctity of private property that goes hand in hand with the loss of respect for the sanctity of life and marriage.

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Star Parker is president of CURE.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 13, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    The deceiving Liberals will tell you, shout at you, scream at you,,,,”It’s the economy Stupid”,,,,but true men of vision have always known in their minds and hearts ,,,”It’s the DISHONESTY stupid.” Fix the dishonesty and all else becomes fixed.

    Be honest in your marriage vows, and marriage problems disappear and so do broken homes that breed dysfunctional children who grow up to be dysfunctional adult citizens.

    Be honest with your money, and respect the hard earned private property of others, don’t spend more than you earn and don’t steal and spend other people’s money and soon economies again prosper and crime disappears.

    Be honest with yourself and strive to live honestly off your own means and never connive to live dishonestly off the means of others in class warfare and the division in society disappears.

    Allow people to suffer the personal consequences of dishonest poor life decisions, and suffer the personal corrective pain of those decisions, which only then will be followed by corrected behavior. When the government steps in between people and the painful corrective lessons, the lessons are never learned and the dishonesty is never corrected, and only becomes collectively cumulative to our cumulative national destruction.

    Be honest leaders and do what you say and say what you do and people respect you and will follow you to the ends of the earth.

    Be honest in your love of fellow man and do not use him but enlighten him with your truths to the edification of all men and soon we have no need of politicians.

    Our Economy has always been just the symptom of the larger problem of Dishonesty. Fix the dishonesty and all else will heal. Only those politicians honest enough to tell you this truth will prove worthy of our trust to have the ability to set things right, and heal a nation that used listened to Constitutional truth in honesty with themselves. Just vote the party of honesty who have men who respect you as a citizen to handle the truth, it might just be that simple.

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  2. vevaComment by veva
    August 13, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Thank you, Star Parker, for saying what more Americans should be saying. They need to wake up and realize that without addressing “social” issues, we no longer will be a successful nation. There will be robbers and victims, only. The people who came to this continent had enough of that system in the country from where they came!

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  4. capthalComment by capthal
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    It’s not Gun Control. It’s Idiot Control.
    Why do so many end up in Washington?
    Thank You Star Parker for an excellent article.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 13, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      Corrrrrrrrectomundo!Gun Control is never about guns, it’s about Control, Control of the people by government. The real debate is not about controlling the guns, it’s about controlling the idiots who abuse them, many of whom end up in Washington D.C. which is why sane Americans who do not abuse guns must keep their rights to bear arms, to protect us from the idiots and a government gone astray run by idiots. How wise the founders were indeed, in deed and in action to foresee this truth.

      James Madison – “I believe this is one of the most profound arguments to be made in teaching the general public that government can only do one thing flawlessly … that is to “consolidate power”……

      “The government cannot be benevolent and should never be trusted to be so. Any benevolent behavior will always result in ”consolidation of power” … as we clearly see today, which is why we have our Second Ammendment right to bear arms.

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  5. gilplynComment by gilplyn
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Thank you, Star, for making the connection between morality and the economy. The economy does not exist in a bubble. One of the reasons our economy is tanking is because we have aborted an entire generation of people who would have been paying taxes, forming companies that create jobs, and contributing in valuable ways to our society. There are now far less people paying into the system than taking out of the system, and the disparity will continue to grow wider as the population ages. We are only just beginning to reap the consequences of this moral evil.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 13, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.” – James Madison

      “We have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion,” wrote John Adams, a religious man. “Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

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  6. hart65Comment by hart65
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    As usual, great thinking, Star. Two thoughts:

    ECONOMICS WITHOUT MORALITY IS EXPLOITATION… As we became industrialized we saw the evil of what can happen to people in an unfettered economy, and we made corrections so that people “Who played by the rules” could enjoy a standard of living that is the envy of the world. We also saw the need for various safety nets/entitlements for the truly needy.

    MORALITY WITHOUT ECONOMICS IS THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF WAR… No enemy of America can come close to inflicting on the American people the misery that we seem Hell-bent on inflicting on ourselves. We seem unwilling to see, in spite of all the evidence here and around the world, the irony that our current entitlement spending levels will ultimately harm the most the very people who are the most vulnerable.

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  7. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    August 13, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Thank your, Star, for an insiteful article.

    I once told an economics professor that all wars are economic. He whole heartly agreed.

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  8. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 13, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    “Our money, spent by politicians, according to Laffer, goes to “banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can’t make it on their own, unemployment benefits, and the like.”

    Yet stupid politicians such as Pelosi and Obama try to persuade us that these actually stimulate the economy. I still find it appalling that San Fran Nan publicly remarked that unemployment benefits were the best way to stimulate the economy because those people spent every dime of that money into the economy. She doesn’t understand that the economy would be much better served by those people having jobs, making their own paychecks, and the unemployment benefits being used in some other area–deficit reduction comes to mind.

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  9. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    August 14, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    All these problems represent a lack of basic morality. Changing the law to accommodate a political agenda which represents that lack of morality of some does nothing for justice, domestic tranquility, the common defense or the general welfare of the citizenry of the country. Americans need to know that they are making choices with far-reaching effects and consequences. To thwart the law and gain the support of pandering politicians who could care less about it is not without cost. Just as the national debt is unpayable because there is a limit to what can be done, so there will be a limitation to the tolerance for abuse that people, who know our history and the law, will endure before serious backlash and reaction result. For government to champion the right of people to be morally wrong is the height of ignorance and folly.

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    • hart65Comment by hart65
      August 14, 2012 @ 8:18 am

      Your last sentence “For government to champion the right of people to be morally wrong is the height of ignorance and folly” needs to be included in every conservative candidate’s platform and would make an excellent theme for the GOP Convention. It is a perfect description of what Dennis Prager refers to as the major flaw of Liberalism… doing what feels good instead of what does good.

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