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The Consequences of Ignorance

24 Jun

By Rev. Tommy Davis

Greater than any disease is the issue of ignorance. I often talk to well meaning folks who have so many opinions about the Bush Administration and the economy while the facts that would truly advise them are totally ignored.

One lady told me that Bush is raising the price of oil to profit from its earnings. Another time I was told that the Republicans think they own the whole country and just allow us to live in it. On the same note I have been told that Obama is a very smart guy and he should be president.

Most of these statements spew forth from black and white liberals who desire freedom and prosperity at the expense of the wealthy. Economically, it would not make much sense for Bush to support buying oil from the Middle East when he could yield greater returns from the American oil industry.

Second, the United States is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). OPEC is made up of thirteen countries who control two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves. Their output is over 35 percent of the market. It’s OPEC who controls crude oil prices, and its government taxation that finally determines the price after refinery on American soil.

If the U.S. Government raises taxes for oil companies then those costs must be transferred over to the consumer in order for businesses to make a profit, pay their employees and reinvest capital.

A Republican form of government that believes in low taxes and small administration understand that the public will benefit more from innovative ideas through free-market competition. It is high taxes and government price controls that leads to inflation and an unstable market. Remember, it was Franklin Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act (NRA) of 1933 that helped prolong the Great Depression. The NRA required above-market wages for fresh hires which led to elevated unemployment.

Obama is a repackaged Roosevelt’s New Deal (‘Change’). The federal government attempted to control costs and production through many policies and ‘agreements’ with trade associations.

A president who signs activist legislation that penalizes businesses for providing goods to consumers will only make it more difficult for those very consumers to either purchase their desired goods; or those goods would not be provided at all due to the high cost of production and low return on capital (when a company is forced into bankruptcy).

FDR’s New Deal that found support with a majority Democratic Congress was a fable but he sold it to a desperate people. In similar fashion, Obama’s “change” is another step in taking America down a comparable road until a new “Ronald Reagan” gives power back to the consumer and restores true competition in the business world. Thus, resulting in a superior change in our economy.

 

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13 responses to “The Consequences of Ignorance

  1. BETTY J JACKSON

    June 25, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Why is it that unborn babies have to have their lives
    sacraficed in order for the economy to get stabalized?
    Planned Parenthood’s my Target is the African-American
    community. They are trying to control the Black Population
    by K i l l i n g-o f f unborn black babies. Everyone is
    so concerned about the economy, but, how many people in
    america are concerned about “The Abortion Genocide/Ethinic
    Cleansing” Killing of unborn black babies? Senatot Barack
    Obama is Pro-Abortion. Does that sound like he care about
    black people. How can he care, when he wants to control
    the black population, through “Genocide/Ethnic cleansing
    Murder of unborn black babies?” This is just some food for
    thought! think about it! Senator is only half-black

     
  2. Felicia

    June 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Personally, I am against abortion, period. The problem with the black community (and America as a whole) is that Biblical and moral teaching isn’t being taught at home and thus, we have people that think that if they get in trouble, they can have their problems quickly solved by going to an abortionist and get their pregnancies terminated. It’s a LIFE that is gone because of our foolishness. Regardless of what Planned Parenthood’s intentions are, I think we ALL, regardless of race, should start taking responsibility for our own lives and introduce moral teaching and Biblical standards into our lives.

    To the Rev. Tommy Davis, this was an excellent article. All one needs is to have an understanding of economics and common sense. It’s really not about what party is in power. When it comes to this oil situation…we should use…again, common sense and tap our own resources. Why let it sit for other countries to take a possible interest in using it?

    Both parties are holding things up to helping ease the oil situation. If we get decent leaders in office who are not there to spew rhetoric to stay in power, then the US as a country could actually get somewhere.

    Reverend, thank you for explaning it rationally.

     
  3. Jim

    June 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Great info in such a short article thank you Rev Davis from a typical white guy

     
  4. Bill

    June 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Good article…

    The US gets 60% of its oil from Mexico and Canada. The USGS recently estimated thatthere is an viably recoverable oil field in MT/ND with 3-6+ Billion Barrels of sweet light crude. There is another estimated 300 billion barrels in the surrounding shale. This is a very big deal. You would think that Democrat Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan would be pushing for development to enrich their state and help America… right? Wrong. Vote against any elected official who oppses open drilling. This is a national security issue.

    Visit http://www.energytomorrow.org more information.

     
  5. Robert Wayne

    June 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Now that reverend makes sense. Too bad he’s not running for president instead of McCain or Obama.

     
  6. Joyce Romano

    June 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Reverend Davis, you need to run for office! But you would never win….because you make too much sense and speak the truth.

    God help us all.

     
  7. Singleton-Pradia

    June 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Dr. Davis,

    It’s OK to use my name instead of calling me “one lady”. I need the publicity so I’ll be known when I run for president.

    Bush is indeed reaping benefits for our out of control oil prices. It doesn’t affect him because tax payers are paying for his gas.

    He’s a native Texan and an “Oil Man”. Scary isn’t it.

    I have many relatives in Texas and they are working class citizens. It’s bad when we elect public officials that can benefit from a resource that the American public depends on.

    I’m voting for Obama and I hope that he doesn’t have any diamond, gold, rubber, shea butter, oil, or ivory stocks in Africa. God bless America if he does.

    Your good nieghbor,
    BSP

     
  8. Patricia

    June 26, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Dr. Davis

    Thanks for laying out all the facts. It is a blessing to be able to read an article that is full of facts that can easily be researched. It is embarassing to me when I hear people (especially black people)say things that are not based on any facts. Thanks for the article.

     
  9. Tommy

    June 26, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I love you BSP!!! That’s why you’re my number one chaplain! When people benefit from a product that others depend on it’s called capitalism. That’s how we survive. If the consumers are happy then we are happy. It’s nothing wrong with making an honest living. We have to pay people to dig for oil. The same Democrat liberals who unionize oil workers and support collective bargaining agreements are the same ones who are responsible for high gas prices. Liberals are somewhat counterproductive when it comes to business. They want to control labor and prices which leads directly to price hikes for certain raw material and the consumer reaps the benefit of inflation.

     
  10. BETTY J JACKSON

    June 26, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    JUNE 26, 2008 CORRECTIONS TO BLOG POSTED ON JUNE 25, 2008

    WHY IS IT THAT UNBORN BABIES HAVE TO HAVE THEIR LIVES
    SACRAFICED IN ORDER FOR THE ECONOMY TO GET STABILIZED?
    PLANNED PARENHOOD’S TARGET IS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
    COMMUNITY. THEY ARE TRYING TO CONTROL THE BLACK
    POPULATION BY “K I L L I N G O F F” UNBORN BLACK BABIES.
    EVERYONE IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY, BUT, HOW MANY
    PEOPLE IN AMERICA IS CONCERNED ABOUT “THE ABORTION
    GENECIDE/ETHNIC CLEANSING” KILLING OF UNBORN BLACK BABIES?
    SENATOR, BARACK OBAMA IS PRO-ABORTION. DOES THAT SOUND
    LIKE HE CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE? HOW CAN HE CARE, WHEN
    HE WANTS TO CONTROL THE BLACK POPULATION THROUGH “GENECIDE/
    ETHNIC CLEANSING MURDER OF UNBORN BLACK BABIES? THIS IS
    JUST SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THINK ABOUT IT. SENATOR,
    BARACK OBAMA IS ONLY HALF-BLACK

     
  11. Rob B

    June 28, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Tommy – Your article bemoans the ignorance of certain folks you’ve encountered. While the specifics about Bush’s personal oil profits may be a proper example, I find most people’s views are just an honest response to what they’ve read or seen in the mass media.
    The problem there remains the fact that the media picks and chooses what they’ll tell us. Certain facts receive very limited coverage: like the recent progress in Iraq, the amazing good deeds of John McCain’s wife, Barak Obama’s background (if he’s a Christian, why did he change his name from Barry to Barak?) and the list of dead bodies associated with the Clintons.
    Instead, Hillaryisms like “The-Bush-Tax-Cuts-for-the-rich” become mantras of the very people who saved significant money though those cuts. When our news is filtered by bias liars, it’s no wonder that even intelligent people become confused.
    Many of your articles have been good because they call us to be accountable for what we think we know. We have a responsibility to draw our news from multiple sources, and to think critically about each.
    “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Without that, we’ll just wind up as somebody’s fool. – Rob

     
  12. Anne Brewbaker

    July 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I believe that the disastrous state of the american economy is the result of terrorism—yes terrorisim by adverse countries in the Middle East, which itself, derives from George W. Bush policies of irresponsibility and lack of leadership and accountability.

    This is the latest attack from the terrorist factions which could and probably will bring down America the surest way they know, unless Mr. Bush is removed immediately (he could resign) and someone with intellect and vision replaces him and his clique at once. When the banks collapse, it is the beginning of the end.

    I read the magnificient book penned by Vincent Bugliosi and I agree with his statements. He is a patriot.!

    Capitalism will destroy itself unless it realizes that good government includes regulations, not free for all rules which allow the extortion of the fruit of labor of the American People. What a sorry exemple we are to the world.! Our country is not a democracy but a plutocracy.

    It really hurts me to see our government wallowing in the gutter. I love my country.

    Anne Brewbaker – Dallas

     

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