Politics, Economics, and Religion


Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Welfare? Who pays into the pot more than they get out? Who takes out more ?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

Welfare? Who benefits? Who pays? “Residents of “blue” states send more tax money to Washington than they get back in federal help, while residents of “red” states send less money to Washington than they get back in federal help.”  For  every tax…Continue

Tags: Reich, Robert, spending, taxes, welfare

Democrat vs. Republican

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 2 Replies

The central U.S. opened like a fissure, threatening a volcanic eruption spewing out hate clothed in white supremacist ideology, spreading its deadly gases over the land. Officials tossed out legitimate voter registrations, closed down voting places,…Continue

Trump capitalizes on the tensions of the declining middle class

Started by Joan Denoo Oct 31. 0 Replies

Germany, after WW I, economically devastated, and overwhelmed by the Versailles treaty, was forced to pay incredibly heavy reparations to France and Great Britain. The political strains and conflicts made Germany particularly vulnerable. They built…Continue

Tags: exploit, manipulate, dominate, class, middle

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 4, 2018 at 6:12pm

Will the xian nation petition gather enough support to amend the religion clauses of the First Amendment?

The non-religiosity of Europeans is a result of their centuries of wars over religion.

Who exempted Americans?

The Project Blitz people are contributing to non-religiosity here but their zeal blinds them to a future more distant than the ends of their noses.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2018 at 6:05pm

It seems we "nones" have the opportunity to recognize the common threat. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2018 at 5:39pm

Very true, Joan, once again, we seem to be herding cats.  I hate to say it, but I wonder if the only thing that would get the "nones" to genuinely coalesce is recognition of common threat on us, made by fundamentalist Christianity?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2018 at 5:26pm

I am surprised if it isn't part of Project Blitz!

The congregations may disagree on matters of doctrine, but not on politics. They cling together as bats in a swarm. 

If non-believers, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, doubters, nihilists, rationalists, cynics, disbelievers, and pessimists coalesced together as do the religious of all denominations, we would not have to keep refighting this battle. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2018 at 10:37am

Bertold, you and I both know that any attempt to codify such a declaration as the one you reported below will be met by the FFRF, Americans United, American Atheists, and the ACLU (at minimum!) as being unconstitutional.  One thing I would wonder, though is whether that is a part of Project Blitz.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 4, 2018 at 10:16am

Comment by Chris on August 1, 2018 at 11:57pm

My understanding with the theory of a tax credit for political donations  is everyone would be able to contribute.

With your comment perhaps the tax credit could granted such that poor people would be able to  contribute without it taking money out of their monthly income. .  Something such as that should work.

If the law was written well even people who file short forms should be able to do this.  Even better people on SSDI, and others who don't have to file tax returns should be able to do it.

Oregon had a program for this to allow $50 as a tax credit as a donation to political  cause.   That seems like a neat idea.  The upfront costs even for poor people in the Oregon plan was made up when taxes were filed.   My understanding is that plan allowed it even in short tax plans.

I don't know how the intricacies of this would work, but it seems like a good idea.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2018 at 7:52am

Chris, I agree, we need election finance reform. Your idea of the $500 from each individual with a tax credit sounds good to me, however, those who work at low paying jobs would have to scratch their budget to get that much and those who have vast wealth could meet that obligation easily. Did you consider the donor would be $500 per money earner or per family? 

Wage-workers' income has not risen and does not keep up with inflation. It is harder for the wage-workers to maintain a middle-class living standard. 

If everyone played by the rules and there were no illegal donations, it would get rid of the election/money problem. 

The squeezed global wealth middle class, 1980–2050

Comment by Loren Miller on August 1, 2018 at 5:59am

Doesn't it seem that many of Donald Trump's rallies are nothing other than campaign rallies?

They are that, Chris, but slightly more: they really primarily serve as combination ego-stroking and "look-what-I-did!" parties for Donnie Dumb-fuck.

Comment by Chris on August 1, 2018 at 1:54am

Regarding: I did some calculations about the costs for campaigns a couple of years ago.  As I recall if every individual contributed ~$500 it would equal the cost of the 2013 election.

If  'individuals' were provided a tax credit to donate (~$500) refunded as a tax credit  to a campaign without any other  offerings (Bribes) perhaps elected officials would be more honorable.




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