I’ve been thinking about what Jesus said about it being easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven. Why was Jesus harshing on rich guys so bad? Is being rich inherently evil?
If you listen to these megachurch, superstar ministers; no – being rich isn’t evil and in fact, Jesus wants us all to be rich. I don’t believe anyone who is preaching in a church the size of a stadium has a huge grasp on what Jesus wants. However; I do believe that being rich doesn’t equate evil…
If you have plenty and you don’t share – that’s evil.
If you pay your employees minimum wage — that’s evil. The fact that we have to have a minimum wage is pretty evil. Sure, there are some companies who pay fair wages, but there are a lot more companies who would pay less than livable wages if they could just get away with it.
If you don’t provide healthcare for your employees, evil.
We allow businesses – and, I’m talking about corporations, not the mom and pop small businessperson who is barely getting by – I mean the WalMarts, the WalGreens, the companies owned by the Koch brothers – anyway, we allow them to write a lot of expenses off their taxes. I would like to suggest that we throw these complicated tax laws out. We need to institute a new plan, so that corporations pay their fair share. They benefit from our roads, bridges, military, police officers and fire fighters – schools train their next employees; but, when it comes to paying for all of this, well, they don’t want to.
They put out ads saying that it’s wealth distribution, but it’s not – it’s paying your fair share of what it costs, so you can run your business in the land of the free.
I say, we let them write off everything they pay their employees – no taxes on payroll, no taxes on healthcare costs — BUT, if that employee is outside the United States, we tax the hell out of whatever product they made when it gets shipped here. (They would still have to pay their side of Social Security and Medicare.)
If we allowed companies to deduct the cost of employees, you can bet employees would go back to being well paid and important to companies – consider assets and not just cost centers. Every tax break the upper 1% has received has not driven them to higher more employees – it’s just given them more to horde.
And, that’s why Jesus said, in a much more elegant way than I’m about to do so, that the rich ain’t getting into Heaven. It’s all about how you treat others and the rich in this country, aren’t passing the camel test.