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Comment Re:Tax Breaks (Score 1) 35

Luke 16, the parable of the shrewd manager.

Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.' "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg– I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses. So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.' Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

Kind of sounds like a politician to me. He's about to lose his job because he's wasting someone else's money, so he goes out and makes as many friends as he can so he won't have to work.

Comment Re:Tax Breaks (Score 5, Insightful) 35

Yes, but tax breaks buy votes. When you've only got four years in office before the next election, you've got to prioritize. Four years isn't enough time to actually fix anything that's broken, but it's enough time to campaign.
There was a parable in the Bible that's kind of like this, about a guy who was about to be fired as manager of an estate so he went out and forgave everybody's debts. Cost the master of the estate a lot of money, but the guy was getting fired anyway and he ended up with a lot of friends who would keep him from ending up on the street. Government works the same way.

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