Friday, December 28, 2012

The fiscal cliff


Better start buying gold. As things presently stand (-off) between Congress and President Obama, it looks as though the United States will fall off a 'fiscal cliff' on January 1st. The intense media focus on this latest threat of global economic meltdown is a reference to the statutory tax increases and spending cuts which come into effect on New Year's Day which were designed decrease the US budget deficit and pay down the national debt.

To some, the impending doom is a fulfilment of apocalyptic eschatology: it is God's judgment on guns, greed, gay marriage and Piers Morgan. But what manner of 'fiscal cliff' is it which induces panic at the thought of having to balance a budget and live within one's means?  Do not the economics of the kingdom of God demand a collection for the poor among the saints as an expression of their koinonia in Christ? Does not the First Epistle of John exhort individual believers to share their material wealth? Does not the Book of Revelation prophetically address the churches of Smyrna and Laodicea in their corporate giving? Should not the practice of sharing characterise Christians - helping the brother or sister in need - demonstrating the exchatological sign of the transforming power of God's kingdom?

Yet in the entire fiscal ethic of the Old Testament and New, there is not a single mention of selling possessions one does not actually own, or of of giving alms out of the debts of market capitalism. The hope of future heavenly reward should not induce present economic anxiety.     

Perhaps the only credible resolution to the big-state tax-and-spend mentality is a good dose of real austerity: let the US jump off the fiscal cliff and drag the rest of the world into the shadows of the ensuing economic darkness. Cliff and the shadows are the only reality - there is nothing new under the sun.

33 Comments:

Blogger Naomi King said...

Absolutely, your Grace.

The LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king. They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

28 December 2012 at 12:29  
Blogger Preacher said...

Collapsing economies, crazy weather & Cliff & the Shadows. A truly apocalyptic scenario Dr Cranmer.
When these things happen Globally One can hear God shouting a warning to us all. (Apologies Cliff & the lads, no offence intended.)

28 December 2012 at 13:14  
Blogger Mr. Mcgranor said...

Many want such destruction on a global scale for death wished apocalyptic dispensationalist, Judaized, Catholic courting failures of the human will.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/denton/Perot-not-confident-of-fiscal-cliff-deal-179375091.html

28 December 2012 at 15:11  
Blogger Tim Idle said...

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous is merciful and liberal.

28 December 2012 at 16:14  
Blogger len said...

Each of the great civilizations in the world passed through a series of stages from their birth to their decline to their death. Historians have listed these in ten stages.

The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.
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We see this process in the UK(once Great Britain) who sent Missionaries all over the Globe all over 'the Empire'....then we sold out Israel....then we joined the EU.....then we started tearing up our Judeo- Christian Foundations..'.the wheel' has turned almost full circle.

28 December 2012 at 16:47  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...



Chaps, the US going over a cliff and taking the rest of the economic world with them is myth. 1929 will not happen again. Economies are much more sophisticated now, and can survive the catastrophe. The US economy has been spluttering for over 20 years now, and what happened ? Well, because it happened so gradually, the system coped with it and continues to cope. 1929 was sudden, and all confidence disappeared out the door at the same time. That is the difference…

There is still money to be made. It’s just that little of it will be made in the US.

Wouldn’t think God cares either way. He gave us a planet and all we need to get on with it. If we foul up, it’s our fault…



28 December 2012 at 17:11  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

In support ( !! ) of Len’s post, during the time of sailing ships, often the first sign a ship was taking on water badly was when the rats break cover and rush past you, before disappearing up the mast. This nautical example of moral decay shows how creatures of the sump lose their inhibitions, and go about their business without past fear.

And now the Gays want to marry each other. Add this to bankers helping themselves, our politicians helping themselves, and you realise it’s later in the chain of events than previously thought !


28 December 2012 at 17:33  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Well said, OiI-G.

28 December 2012 at 17:43  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

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28 December 2012 at 18:35  
Blogger len said...

Phil Roberts I think you might be on the wrong thread?.

Also track?.

28 December 2012 at 19:20  
Blogger Matt A said...

Am I really awake? The beloved Inspector is writing in support of brother Len? Now that is my best Christmas present so far.

28 December 2012 at 20:46  
Blogger bluedog said...

One would have thought that the risks of making bold prophesies about the course of events in the USA would still be a fresh memory for His Grace.

But that aside, a fudge at the death cannot be discounted.

Slightly off-topic but in the context of 'it is God's judgment on guns, greed, gay marriage and Piers Morgan.', your communicant has been pondering a comment by Mr Carl Jacobs following the Sandy Hook massacre. With regard to gun control, Mr Jacobs said words to the effect, 'what interests me is calibre, clip size and rate of fire.' Mr Jacobs appears to support the Second Amendment of the US Constitution that is dated 1791.

Your communicant has therefore researched the firearms commonly used in the United States in 1791 and comes up wth variants of the British Army's venerable smooth bore musket, the Brown Bess and a frontier rifle of German design, the Kentucky Rifle. The Brown Bess had a calibre of 0.75", a 'clip size' of one and a rate of fire of three rounds per minute, max. The KR had a calibre of 0.45", a 'clip size' of one and took one minute to reload.

Your communicant raises these points because it seems abundantly clear that the potential lethality of these very simple weapons contemporaneous with the enactment of the Second Amendment is of a vastly lower order of magnitude to that presented by almost any firearm in use today.

So for Americans to claim, as many do, that the Second Amendment gives them the right to walk though the woods carrying a light machine gun appears somewhat outside the intentions of the Founding Fathers.

It follows that it is not unreasonable to re-align the legislation granting the right to bear arms with the power of the arms borne.

Let's hear it from our American cousins!

28 December 2012 at 21:02  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Matt A. Indeed, it is a ‘Dear Diary’ night. Every now and then the rascal heretic copies and pastes something of worth. Make the most of it, not only may it not happen again, but by rights, it shouldn’t have happened this time.

What !

28 December 2012 at 21:13  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Bluedog. No sooner had the revolutionary Thompson gun been produced, it was in the hands of US bootleggers. What a country !

28 December 2012 at 21:15  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

Inspector

You don't really think that was written by our resident soothsayer, now do you?

28 December 2012 at 23:28  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...


Dodo. ‘Copy and paste’ was mentioned, old chum...


28 December 2012 at 23:46  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

Inspector, so it was. Just checking.

Of course all this analysis still overlooks the message that has been coming from the Vatican about the direction of modern civilisation and the need for a revision in social, political and economic programmes and behaviour!

The individualism of some just makes them blind to the nature of the problem.

29 December 2012 at 00:06  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

Let's face it, if Western civilisation is about to enter the final stages of its demise, as well it might, Christian disunity is to blame. Look what we did to the "message" - we squabbled and we argued and encouraged other 'philosophies' to take hold. And look how we've allowed the modern world to 'evolve'.

One thing is for sure, unless the end of the world really is upon us, the Catholic Church will survive. Just as it kept the light in the world in the past, patently waiting, it will do so again - until the very end of time.

That's what Jesus promised and that's what I believe.

29 December 2012 at 01:30  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

I say, I thought from reading the Bish's Tweet he'd been on the Port and reading dear old Kinderling. I mean have you read it?

Then I remembered it was from Hamlet. A modern rendering being:

HAMLET
"God controls everything — even something as trivial as a sparrow’s death.

Everything will work out as it is destined. If something is supposed to happen now, it will. If it’s supposed to happen later, it won’t happen now. What’s important is to be prepared ... Let it be."


We must actively work against the forces that are dragging us down ... no fear, have trust and hope in our future! And act!

29 December 2012 at 01:39  
Blogger John Magee said...

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29 December 2012 at 05:33  
Blogger Naomi King said...

The antidote

Seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsake not the ordinance of God: ask of me the ordinances of justice; take delight in approaching to God. Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

29 December 2012 at 06:18  
Blogger Naomi King said...


How true.

29 December 2012 at 08:23  
Blogger non mouse said...

...let the US jump off the fiscal cliff and drag the rest of the world into the shadows of the ensuing economic darkness. Cliff and the shadows are the only reality - there is nothing new under the sun. :) Very neat, Your Grace! And, of course, we would never perceive the shadows, were it not for the Son.

Although... I’m not sure that we should blame only the US should this happen; the same darkness (that comprehendeth not) informs the euSSR and all disciples of Master karl marx.

However, as you say, The hope of future heavenly reward should not induce present economic anxiety. After all, with regard to our present lords: “Their defeat does by their own insinuation grow” (Ham V.ii.58/9); and we are assured, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many [providential] sparrows” (Matt. 10:31).

“The readiness is all” (Ham. V.ii.224).
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Btw.. Just re-visited Cliff and the Shadows on Youtube. What a superb group.

29 December 2012 at 08:46  
Blogger non mouse said...

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29 December 2012 at 08:52  
Blogger non mouse said...

Sorry -- "should this happen" refers to the "ensuing economic darkness"...

29 December 2012 at 09:28  
Blogger Naomi King said...


Have you ever heard of Rees Howell's ? He was a leading light in the Welsh revival at the beginning of the 20th century and he founded the Bible Collage of Wales which is understood by many to have won the 2nd World War for the Allies. During the war years and particularly during the Battle of Britain he and his senior collage staff prayed every lunchtime for an hour and then after dinner from 7 pm to midnight EVERY night (5 hours) and sometimes through to 2 or 3 am in the morning. On very serious days on the battlefields they would pray right through the day as well. They maintained this regime for the 6 years of the duration.

Here is a chapter from the early years of his life when he first learnt to successfully pray "Through the Throne" to bind the strongman devil and "steal his goods" without personal contact with the people prayed for. It is only 11 minutes long you may enjoy listening to it

http://www.operationgreatbritain.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Intercessor-Chapter-9.mp3

Ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

29 December 2012 at 10:27  
Blogger Galant said...

Bluedog - re. the firearms question (and I'm neither American nor own a firearm), the main issue is not self-defense. As far as I can tell, 'self-defense' is third on the list of reasons for the 2nd amendment. I may be wrong but I'd summarise it like this:

3rd - Self Defence
2nd - Defense of others
1st - Balance of power symbolism/statement to the government.

The firearms question is far more complex than most seem to relate.

29 December 2012 at 12:49  
Blogger David B said...

A nicely convoluted way of introducing a good line, YG.

Reminiscent of Muir and Norden on 'My Word'.

David B

29 December 2012 at 13:30  
Blogger John Magee said...

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29 December 2012 at 16:05  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you Mr. Magee; may I return the Compliments of the Season.

Mind you, I am indeed pleased not to confuse the United States of America today in any way shape or form with the euSSR. However, I quite see the BO dynamic as you do, and I add to that the subversion of your educational system, at all levels, by the Frankfurt School and its successors.

I'm saying, then, that you suffer the same infiltration and attempts at destruction as the UK. The methods include the present approach to immigration from the south, btw.

So I'm blaming only the sector of your citizenry that is deluded by Marxism, rather than those who adhere to traditional US standards. However, from experience, I agree that the level of awareness in the US is quite high. In that light, I would add that one advantage to the college-level teaching of marxism - and its aggregate of -isms - is that the children of conservative families learn all about the enemy and how he works.

And then, of course, there is the model of my dear Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Note how Hughes has him take off from the Socialism class, and wrap himself in a bathrobe that incorporates the US flag.

Christianity is still strong in the US too (see how Cameron crosses himself before he gets in the red Ferrari/chariot?--which he ultimately destroys). So there is hope.

29 December 2012 at 22:49  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you Mr. Magee; may I return the Compliments of the Season.

Mind you, I am indeed pleased not to confuse the United States of America today in any way shape or form with the euSSR. However, I quite see the BO dynamic as you do, and I add to that the subversion of your educational system, at all levels, by the Frankfurt School and its successors.

I'm saying, then, that you suffer the same infiltration and attempts at destruction as the UK. The methods include the present approach to immigration from the south, btw.

So I'm blaming only the sector of your citizenry that is deluded by Marxism, rather than those who adhere to traditional US standards. However, from experience, I agree that the level of awareness in the US is quite high. In that light, I would add that one advantage to the college-level teaching of marxism - and its aggregate of -isms - is that the children of conservative families learn all about the enemy and how he works.

And then, of course, there is the model of my dear Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Note how Hughes has him take off from the Socialism class, and wrap himself in a bathrobe that incorporates the US flag.

Christianity is still strong in the US too (see how Cameron crosses himself before he gets in the red Ferrari/chariot?--which he ultimately destroys). So there is hope.

29 December 2012 at 22:49  
Blogger John Magee said...

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30 December 2012 at 06:24  
Blogger John Magee said...

non mouse.

Correct. The Frankfurt School Marxists came to the USA as refugees from Nazi Germany in the late 1930's. When they got here they immediately set to work to obtain impressive teaching posts at our great universities. They used their privilidged positions to set their Marxist theories to work here (which they were unable to do in either the Weimar Republic or of course Nazi Germany) to undermine our Republic and all it stands for. These ungreatful refugees from Hitler took special glee in ruining our educational system by brainwashing at least two generations of many of our best university students which ultimately resulted in the left taking over our finest colleges and universities by the late 1960's.

Seems these Frankfurt School Marxist geniuses never heard of the old saying "Don't bite the hand that feeds you". Of course clever Communists like these German refugees could have cared less even if they had heard of this adage about being greatful to those who save your life. They came here with every intention of biting not just our hand but devouring the entire national body.

As a conservative I think you will appreciate this quote:

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

President Abraham Lincoln

30 December 2012 at 06:40  

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