Interested in how to discern if you live in a wise governing, vs. foolish governing State?
Two Chicago Tribune articles reveal the clues.
One article titled, States see a rise in rainy-day funds, reports that some State Governments “are using tax revenue thrown off by the record long economic expansion to build up their savings accounts….”
Another article titled, Column: …Cook County ….: Tax hike are paying for debt, not services, reports “that less than 50 percent of every new tax dollar paid in the State went toward services….: To pay debt bonds.”
The Purpose of This Post
Is to related how 3000 years ago this same scenario was observed and warned in two wisdom proverbs, but obviously not followed in the foolish States.
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it up. (Proverb 21:20 KJV)
Excerpt – Gils Bible Commentary
“but a foolish man spendeth it up; the oil; he swallows it up at once, as soon as he has got it, and wastes and lavishes away what his wise father had provided for him. This may refer not to oil only, but to the desired treasure, wealth, riches, substance of every sort, “
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverb 22:7)
Excerpt – Gils Bible Commentary
“and the borrower is servant to the lender; being under obligation to him, he is forced to be subject to him, and comply with his humours, and do and say as he would have him;”
What’s My Point?
The oil in the proverb can be interpreted in our contemporary times as savings accounts or in ancient times grain storage mandated by wise Kings to guard against times of famine.
However, in the USA, numerous foolish governing kept borrowing and property taxes will keep going up to make in effect property owners to be slaves to the borrowers. Same applies to the USA National Debt.
Oil can also be interpreted to apply to spiritual savings as explained in the Gils Bible Commentary.
In My Opinion
Fortunately, debtor prisons are now longer in existence and there are bankruptcy laws to end the folly. However, pension payments will be reduced, jobs will be eliminated, services curtailed, and an exodus will result as people move on to better governed States will better job opportunities and safer environments when police service are also curtailed.
Sadly, all this could have been avoided if government followed the wise advice of King Solomon written 3000 years ago.
Sadly though, every new generation repeats the same folly of previous generations as recorded in history. This observation was also observed and written in Ecclesiastes Chapter One.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
Read the Source Links Below and Previous Posts on various related subjects to this post.
Why is it that we do not teach our children ancient and spiritual wisdom, or in other words, teach them how to avoid making the same mistakes observed by King Solomon 3000 years ago and the same follies in every new generation as proven in recorded history?
Do we really need any clues to solve our debt problems, all related to folly instead of wisdom?
Regards and good will blogging.
Chicago Tribune Articles
States Saving Rates Rising
King Solomon’s Advice National Debt
Bible Hub Gils Commentary