The Forty-Seven Percent
Vol: 132 Issue: 20 Thursday, September 20, 2012
According to Occupy Wall Streeters and their Democrat supporters in the White House and Congress, America is divided economically into the ”one percent” and the ”ninety-nine percent” with the one percent as the bad guys who won’t give the ninety-nine percent their ”fair share”.
It reads like a page out of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” except that “Atlas Shrugged” is fiction and truth is ALWAYS stranger than fiction. As far out there as Rand’s novel about the “producers” getting fed up with the “moochers” goes, it doesn’t go nearly as far as reality.
Ayn Rand’s book was fiction when she wrote it in 1957, a “what-if” story set in a make-believe place. In 2012 it almost reads like a book of history about what happened to a real place when the moochers took over America.
Just as we started to get used to the “new math” in which the 1% pays all the taxes while the 99% still demands the 1% pay their “fair” share, along comes somebody with some real numbers — and everybody gets mad at him for saying them out loud.
By now, everybody has heard Mitt Romney’s comment about the forty-seven percent of people that pay no federal income taxes, will not be swayed by the promise of lower taxes and therefore will never vote for him anyway.
True, true and true. But to listen to the full-throated roar from the Obama Press Corps that masquerades as legitimate news, one would assume Romney’s statement was as dishonest as Obama’s statement that Americans are better off now than they were four years ago.
By about the thirtieth time I heard the Obama Press Corps play the Romney clip about the forty-seven percent, something hit me.
It was one of those things that you already know in your head as part of a whole range of facts related to something else when it suddenly jumps out at you.
We even talked about it at some length in recent briefs when we were trying to figure out why in the world the government would be encouraging people to go on welfare, food stamps, or some other form of government assistance when logic dictates it should be doing the exact opposite.
But somehow, even though I actually talked about it, the enormity of it didn’t fully hit me.
For the past four years, everything Obama has done has been aimed at crippling, rather than accelerating the economic recovery.
For all his talk about elevating the status of the poor and strengthening the middle class, the facts tell the opposite story:
- National Debt: 2009: 10.6 Trillion Now: 16 Trillion
- Food Stamps 2009: 32.2 million people enrolled Now: 46.2 million people enrolled
- Unemployment 2009: 7.8% Now: 8.3%
- Median Household Income: 2009: $54,983 Now: $50,964
- Gas Prices: 2009: $1.85 Now: $3.80
My job isn’t to simply report the news, but to record and observe and analyze and try and figure out why and how it fits with the overall Big Picture of unfolding Bible prophecy. There is too much here to let it slide under the radar.
Much of what Obama and his party has been doing over the past four years has been a mystery — why demonize the rich for making America the economic powerhouse that it is?
There is no logic to that. The poor didn’t make America wealthy. The poor don’t create jobs. The poor don’t hire people. The poor don’t produce, they consume.
That isn’t “picking on” the poor. It is simply acknowledging what the word means. If they created jobs, hired people and were productive, they wouldn’t be poor.
They’d be among the one percent, er, I mean, the fifty-three percent, er (I dunno, make up a percentage that justifies your position — everybody else does).
But everybody on both sides is sidestepping around what Mitt Romney nearly said.
Had Obama managed to impoverish another four percent of the population, the Democrat Party would never lose another election.
According to the Census Bureau, the ten poorest cities in America are: Detroit, with 32.5 percent of its residents at or below the poverty level; Buffalo at 29.9 percent; Cincinnati, 27.8 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 26.9 percent; St. Louis, 26.8 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26.4 percent; Milwaukee, 26.2 percent; Philadelphia, 25.1 percent; and Newark, 24.2 percent.
Every one of them has been under total Democrat control for at least the last quarter century.
The Democrat position is that these cities are poor because they are black. And for some reason, most black Americans don’t seem to see that as either condescending or racist.
These cities aren’t poor because they are black. They are poor because keeping them poor gives Democrats the advantage. So they craft their policies to keep them poor.
(If they weren’t poor, it would be much harder to buy their votes with promises of free stuff).
They are kept poor because class warfare isn’t as effective with an affluent population. If there were not a sharp economic divide between the inner city and the suburbs, then there would be nothing to exploit.
Could it be possible that Obama’s re-election strategy from the beginning was to impoverish enough Americans to put them in the electoral majority?
Was Obama shooting for fifty-one percent and simply came up four short?
It sounds nuts, but so does almost everything the guy has done so far. Everything from Obamacare to his tax policies have served to weaken the economy, while Obama rails against the evil rich.
But taxing the rich at the 100% level wouldn’t balance the budget or make a dent in the national debt. And they already pay the majority of all taxes collected, so the “fair share” argument is a transparent falsehood.
The heroes of the Obama administration are the Occupy Wall Streeters (the “moochers”) and their worst enemies are the Tea Partiers (the “producers”).
There are a number of concurrent threads that tie into the tapestry of Bible prophecy for the last days. In the first, the Bible identifies FOUR spheres of global power in the last days, all of which exist today.
The Bible makes no mention of a fifth economic and military superpower resembling the United States. The United States plays no role in world affairs after the Rapture, (although I believe the America we now live in is pictured in 2 Timothy 3:1-6 and Revelation 3:14-18).
The Bible does forecast a total economic collapse during the Tribulation, which may help to explain America’s absence from the record. In the event of a complete economic collapse the countries hit hardest will be those with the most to lose.
America plays no role in Israel’s defense in the last days, suggesting America’s military power is also broken. Revelation 6:4 reads like the logical result of Obama’s disastrous Middle East foreign policy.
“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” (Revelation 6:4)
The images of America’s embassies going up in flames comes to mind . . .
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)
I don’t want to be misunderstood. I am not saying that Obama is the antichrist or that we are witnessing the events of Revelation 6:4-6.
What I am saying is that everything that can be measured or observed; politically, economically, militarily, morally or spiritually is all trending in just one direction and that direction comports EXACTLY with the outline of revealed Bible prophecy.
As students of Bible prophecy, we find ourselves operating on two levels; the one in the here and now, and the one that is to come. While we can see the one that is to come rapidly approaching, we still have to operate in the here and now.
I expect the Rapture could happen any day, but I plan as if it won’t occur during my lifetime. It seems a dichotomy, but it is actually just what Jesus said it would be like.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:38-40)
We plant and we harvest and we prepare for winter, we eat and drink and marry and give our children in marriage, just as we have from the days of Noah until now.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)
So we plan like the world will last forever, but we live like the Lord is coming back tomorrow. And we pray that things will hold together just a little longer . . . until He comes.