So, I followed a link to "Elizabeth Warren on Fair Taxation," a YouTube video. Here it is:
I listened and found myself largely in agreement when viewing the situation from a mundane, secular perspective, not my Christian perspective (those are very different perspectives). I left a comment, which garnered a reply. From there, there has been a series of back and forth replies. You may read them here by entering TomUsher (no space between first and last names) in your browser search (usually Ctrl-F).
Finally, I linked to the following to help make my point (since YouTube comments are limited to 500 characters a piece and I do have other things I must do):
If this isn't the best Max Keiser Report yet, it is certainly one of the best. Max Keiser, co-host, Stacy Herbert, and Nomi Prins nail this issue about banksters and financial terrorists.
As for the root cause and the root solution, Max and Nomi are correct about the root cause on the mundane level. As for solutions, they are also right up to a point. Without going into Christianity, per se (although there is overlap), let me say that United States Notes, being interest-free, could be issued to pay off the national debt and remove the Federal Reserve and bankster control of the government. Do a site-search on "United States Notes." I've gone into great detail about it. We could eliminate the business/financial cycle (meaning depressions/recessions) and inflation and deflation. We could fund everything we need and want. We could eliminate poverty. There's no doubt about it.
(Related: http://maxkeiser.com/2011/09/29/190-keiser-report-the-greek-depression/ which points to http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/09/28/are-global-banking-rules-anti-american/bank-rules-rein-in-gamblers-like-jpmorgan-chase)
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That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)