Christian economics explains current shortages

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Whole Foods grocery employee Adam Pacheco (left) stacks vegetables while customers shop in the produce section of Whole Foods grocery store in Ann Arbor, Mich. On March 8, 2012. |

Some kids won’t get the Christmas presents they wanted this year because trucking companies can’t find drivers to deliver them from coastal ports. The lack of people willing to work has forced restaurants to cut their hours or close. The activity rate for men fell to 89% before the pandemic, compared to more than 97% in 1955. What is happening?

Democrats claim wages are so low people prefer to stay at home, but that doesn’t explain how the unemployed make enough money to live on. Who pays for their food, clothes and rent? A new report from the Social Capital Project, Reconnecting Americans to the Benefits of Work Explain :

“Why are there fewer prime-age Americans in the workforce? Many popular explanations attribute the decline in Americans’ labor market participation to declining wages, technological change, and international trade. A new report from the Republicans Social Capital Project of the Joint Economic Committee finds that these forces may not fully explain the increasing inactivity among working-age and able-bodied Americans.

“Instead, many potential workers are intentionally disconnected from work, and government programs and policies have likely made work less attractive to these Americans. Beyond a salary, employment is also an important source of social capital that brings tangible and intangible benefits to personal well-being. In assessing the incentives workers face, the report recommends a number of policy reforms to remove barriers, remove disincentives and increase the attractiveness of work.

Christians saw this coming centuries ago. The great French economist Frédéric Bastiat wrote in the 1850s: “The State is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of all the others.

Marvin Olasky tells the story of Christian charity in America from the early 1800s to the present day in his classic The tragedy of American compassion. Olasky shows that for most of this history Christians have worried about giving too much to the poor rather than too little, because they have seen many men live happily in poverty thanks to the generosity of others rather than to the poor. work, even when they had dependent wives and children. . The churches therefore provided food and clothing for the wives of these men to make clothes for the children. They offered work for men, usually chopping firewood.

Horace Greeley, who wrote “Go West, young man!” was the first to promote blind giving to the poor in its newspapers. Greeley had imbibed French socialism and wanted all Americans to swallow their bad wine. Socialists have taught that society makes people poor through no fault of their own and therefore society owes them a living. But most Americans valued self-reliance and often refused to receive handouts, which kept the poverty rate low. FDR created the Works Progress Administration to provide jobs instead of donations because most Americans were too proud to take government charity.

But Christianity had declined in the United States, and by 1968, when Johnson launched his Great Society War on Poverty, many Americans had embraced the socialist view of poverty. In 1959, the The poverty rate in the United States was 22.4% according to the Census Bureau. It fell to 12.1% in 1969, then rose to 15% between 2010 and 2012 despite spending more on the poor than at any time in human history. Johnson claimed his policies would eradicate poverty. Instead, poverty has increased.

Socialists teach that people are born good and become bad only because of oppression. No one prefers to live on donations than on work. However, Christianity explains that people are born with an evil tendency that only God can change, and many people will laugh at others rather than work if they can. The apostle Paul addressed this problem in the early church:

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from any idle and disturbing believer who does not live according to the teaching you have received from us. Because you yourselves know how you should follow our example. We were not inactive when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we have worked night and day, working and struggling so as not to be a burden on any of you. We did this, not because we are not entitled to such assistance, but in order to offer ourselves as a role model to emulate. Because even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “He who does not want to work will not eat. “

2 Thessalonians 3: 6-10

Follow the science. It proves that Paul was right.

Roger D. McKinney lives in Broken Arrow, OK with his wife, Jeanie. He has three children and six grandchildren. He received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and Baptist Bible College. He wrote two books, Bull Riding Financial and God is a capitalist: markets from Moses to Marx, and articles for Affluent Christian Investor, Foundation for Economic Education, Mises Institute, American Institute for Economic Research and Townhall Finance. Previous articles are available on facebook.com/thechristiancapitalist. He is a conservative Baptist and promoter of the Austrian School of Economics.


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