In countless speeches over the past seven years, Democrats have rightly slammed "the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy" as reckless, unnecessary, and unjust. Yet Senator Bernie Sanders has provided Senate Democrats with ample opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and his colleagues have failed to seize that opportunity.

RLCC: They don't want to radically change to correct the problem. They don't work for the poor. They work for the rich. They work for the system established by and for the rich. If they were to work for the poor, as Jesus did, they'd be crucified, as Jesus was. They don't want that. They want their high-paying jobs. They want their power and control. They want the exercise of their egos.

Oh sure, they'll claim they are for this or that for the poor, but when it comes time to really make the choice, they turn their backs.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine, points in her post to an article in the Washington Post entitled, "When Handouts Keep Coming, the Food Line Never Ends," Mark Winne is the former director of Connecticut's Hartford Food System and the author of the forthcoming "Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty." That article sort of points to the same issue I do in the Church's appeal, The Christian Commons Projectâ„¢. Winne is right that the food-bank system as it is, is just perpetuating the problem. What he identifies as the problem and solution are far from what the Church is rightly advocating.

Mark says poverty is the problem. Well, while were getting beyond falsely imagining that the perpetuation of the current system is the solution, let's get at the real root cause, shall we.

The absolute fact of the matter is that the reason for hunger is greed. Selfish people are why there are hungry people. Also, Mark Winne and apparently Katrina vanden Heuvel, since she linked to his article, falsely believe that higher taxes on the rich will allow for the welfare state to feed the lambs and sheep of God — all God's children. Wrong! Yes, more people would be fed, even all the people might be fed, but what and for how long?

They must be fed unselfishness into their hearts, or the welfare system, even with huge taxes on the richest, will fall.

The human race isn't going to make it on coercion. That path is dead. It was dead at conception. The Winne/vanden Heuvel approach is just another in the series of fatally flawed attempts to keep an irreconcilable house together.

Jesus shows that his way is right. Never coerce anyone. Always allow the souls to sort themselves by what they will believe and do. Eternity is, well, forever. This life is short. Relative to eternity, how short is it? Live through this life having finally chosen the anti-coercive path concerning all things. Tell the truth and do it (the deeds to match) to the best of your ability. Don't try to force others to agree. Don't punish them for not agreeing. Don't raise taxes and send in the police to extract them from the rich. That's just falling to the same evil means used by those very rich ones who are so obviously self-centered and hell bent.

No, trying to end poverty within the impoverishing system is futile. Read The Christian Commons Projectâ„¢. Read the other pages on this site (not just the posts and comments, but the pages in the left margin). Think hard about what the Christian Commons Projectâ„¢ is about and how it gets at the root cause and is inline with the physical and spiritual solution provided by Jesus Christ. Then HELP! Don't leave me to attempt to convince the world without your direct help.

Originally by Katrina vanden Heuvel from The Nation: Editor's Cut on March 11, 2008, 3:21pm

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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