Have Some Respect for Yourself

I’m not naive about such things, but ask yourself – can you see George Washington, Abe Lincoln or Calvin Coolidge getting rewarded like this reported by Dana Milbank of the Washington Post (no GOP hack source there)…

Lew, who was White House chief of staff while Obama’s campaign was pummeling Romney over his pay and taxes, received a $945,000 bonus in January 2009 after a brief tenure at Citigroup — just as the bank announced huge losses and took a taxpayer bailout. Lew also invested $56,000 in a Citigroup venture-capital fund registered in the Cayman Islands — registered in the very building, in fact, that Obama labeled “the largest tax scam in the world.”

We used to have a series of words for such “bonuses”: graft, payback, bribes, corruption. The reward used to be a 6×9′ cell or at least retirement to private life.

The loopy signature man’s reward? The seat of Alexander Hamilton. Of course that was recently held by Tim Geithner, famous for not paying his income tax, so like the dollar, that seat might not be worth as much as it once was.

And Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), an outspoken foe of offshore tax havens, helped Lew defend himself…

Just a quick check, stuff like this actually seems important to God. Look at Deuteronomy 25:15. The promise of the land is attached to using honest weights in economic matters.
(Leviticus 19:36) Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
(Deuteronomy 25:13) Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light.
(Deuteronomy 25:15) You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
(Proverbs 11:1) The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.
(Proverbs 16:11) Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
(Proverbs 20:10) Differing weights and differing measures– the LORD detests them both.
(Proverbs 20:23) The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
(Micah 6:11) Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?

They think we are stupid. And as far as I can tell they are right. But getting better would require having a moral space to stand on, and being willing to use it. Since they’ve convinced everyone the the Scriptures are fusty old things, Christian orthodoxy is hate, and that they have the higher enlightened morality, this is what we get. Nero fiddled while Rome burned and then he blamed the Christians.