My neighbors who think the coming election is about economics and not morality need to understand you can’t have a good economy without good morals. Immorality breeds a bad economy. Without morality, you have corruption, government waste, government power grabs, expensive red tape, needless hidden tax hikes – the very fuel of the Tea Party movement.
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Without morality, you have divorce, which effectively slashes the family budget available to raise children by one third to one half, just from the two parents now having to pay double rent, utilities, and transportation. Much more, if you count attorney fees, jobs lost or downgraded because of the emotional destruction of the divorce, the bitter fights, and the tug of war using the children for a rope.
Divorce creates boys 300 times more likely to go to expensive, taxpayer-funded jails rather than to college. It creates girls 19 times more likely to be sexually active before marriage, creating taxpayer-funded dependents thanks to disease, interrupted education and careers when they bear children and emotional breakdown if they abort, and anti-faithfulness habits that destroy their future marriages.
Divorce creates millions of dependents, slashing the disposable income crucial to a robust economy. It is hard to imagine how much stronger our economy would be, if our divorce rate were 2% instead of 50%, like it was a century ago!
Without morality, you have child abuse. So much child abuse, that a huge child abuse bureaucracy has grown up. Typical of bureaucracies, it often fails to intervene where there is genuine abuse, and succeeds in intervening where there is only love. When your family gets involved in a state child abuse investigation, the economic destruction of your family, from hiring lawyers and psychiatrists to defend yourself and protect your family, easily equals that of divorce.
Without morality, you have burglars and shoplifters, which businesses must compensate for by raising retail prices. When retailers manage to cut their losses from loss of merchandise, it is by increasing their losses by investing in the latest security systems. Inflation caused by crime destroys the economy as much as inflation caused by government corruption.
Without morality, needless government debt seems no crime. Individual debtors have little conscience-driven incentive to repay their debts, so why spend within their budget? They veer towards bankruptcy, causing many of the businesses they owe to go bankrupt. Bankruptcy is bad for the economy.
Without morality, you have gambling. Gamblers skate on the edge of bankruptcy because gambling puts personal budgets on a financial roller coaster, and gamblers budget for when they win – not for when they lose.
The greater damage to the economy from gambling is when they win. It is the dehumanization of even all your gambling friends. Gamblers think themselves wise, and fortunate, if they can take away their friends’ grocery money, without compensating them with any service of value as in a legitimate business transaction. Gamblers understand you wouldn’t do that to your own wife or children, but they dehumanize strangers, and even their gambling friends, enough to impoverish them without a pang of conscience.
Dehumanization like this fuels economy-destroying behavior in all the above categories. If your heart is so hard that you are comfortable taking money that you didn’t earn even from your friends, what is to restrain you from robbing others by whatever means you happen upon that you think you can get away with, whether criminal, or legal but still corrupt?
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