Brown gets religion on tax increases

April 30, 2012

By John Seiler

Hey, I thought we had “separation of state” in America? Even though it’s not exactly in the Constitution, but imposed by court rulings.

Anyway, Gov. Jerry Brown has been campaigning in churches for his tax increases. “We’ve got to take this message to the schools, to the colleges and, yes, to the churches, to the faith community that knows that man doesn’t live by bread alone,” said a man who himself is exceedingly wealthy because of oil deals his late father, former Gov. Pat Brown, made with the murderous dictator Sukarno of Indonesia.

That’s also a novel and highly convenient interpretation of Matthew 4:4. Here’s the context, from the first four verses:

1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The devil was tempting Jesus with being able to feed the whole world with bread — an infernal premonition of the welfare state that Brown presides over, and wants to fund more with even higher taxes. Instead, Jesus replied, we’re supposed to live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Moreover, many things the government now does — especially education, health care and marriage — used to be performed by churches, and in many cases still are, although on a smaller scale to what government does. Government, including Brown, has usurped the rightful sovereignty of churches and families over these functions.

Brown’s tax increase would slam the middle class and the poor with a sales tax increase. It also would hit wealthy people with higher income tax rates. Brown, slipping into faux religious concern again, said the rich “have been blessed, and they must join with us in blessing those that have not been as fortunate.”

But the rich already “bless” us by creating businesses and jobs. Taking away their money means fewer businesses and jobs, with more workers laid off and going on unemployment and welrare. The main thing this tax increase would do is push more of rich folks to leave a state where they’re being robbed.

Thou shalt not…

Tellingly, Brown did not bring up these Biblical admonitions from Exodus 20:

15Thou shalt not steal….

17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

The tax increase money is not going to the poor or schools, either. It’s going to the bloated pensions of current retirees. David Crane, a budget expert and fellow Democrat of Brown’s, just wrote:

Most Californians would be surprised to learn that 100 percent of education’s share of the tax increase proposed by Governor Jerry Brown will go to pensions instead of classrooms. But that would be no surprise to longtime observers of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which administers teacher pensions.

So, all Brown is doing is using religion to push robbing people more to shovel stolen money to his political allies. It’s another con game.

If he wants to help the poor, he should heed the words of Matthew 19:

21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Finally, in the Bible, God asks us to give to church or charity only 10 percent of what we have. Speaking of the priest Melchisedec, Hebrews 7:4 says, “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.” In Old English, the word “tithe” even means “tenth.”

Yet, government today takes far more than that, at least 40 percent of most working people’s incomes. That means government considers itself four times as important as God. What blasphemous arrogance.


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  1. Rogue Elephant
    Rogue Elephant 30 April, 2012, 15:56

    I thought that the IRS can take away the tax-exempt status of a church that preaches politics from the pulpit. So, it’s okay if a church has the governor preach politics from the pulpit?

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 30 April, 2012, 16:25

    Rogue Elephant: I that case I don’t think he was preaching from the pulpit. But you make a good point.

    — John Seiler

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 17:07

    JS – there’s a big time preacher in OC named Rick Warren. You probably know about him. He’s a real grandstander. In 2008 he held a national pres debate between Obama and McCain right in his damn worship center. 🙂 If I’m lying I’m flying. All his good rich republican buddies had front row seats. As I watched I waited for Jesus Christ to come flying through the doors with a whip in one hand and the bible in the other turning over chairs and tables that got in his way. He also brought in George ‘dubya’ Bush to peddle his fictionous account of the presidency. Tony Blair even showed up. So all the blood money kings and oligarch boot lickers sat in Pastor Ricks worship center and told us what great guys they are. heh. 🙂

    We’re way past the slippery slope, JS. We’re all on the water slide going about 80 mph on a direct shot to the brimstones and fires of hell. The ones who are supposed to represent the epitome of integrity, trust, honor, morals and virtue to our children are the biggest scoundrels of all! 🙁

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  4. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 30 April, 2012, 17:32

    Mr. B: My solution is to eliminate the income tax totally. Then churches wouldn’t have to worry about their exemptions.

    — John Seiler

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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 18:38

    JS – if they did away with the income tax other taxes would double. That’s not the answer. The answer is to force spending cuts and don’t spend a dollar more than we collect in revenue. If I were king as soon as we reached that limit on an annual basis all spending would stop cold. I don’t give a damn if the soldiers stopped getting paid or social security checks stopped either. I would teach them all a lesson the hard way. That’s the only way they will learn.

    Churches should have to pay taxes on all their revenue – like anyone else. All of them push political agendas today – gay rights (anti), illegal aliens, health care, etc….screw ’em. If they want to jump in the political game and alter the course of our elections then they can pay through the nose for it. I have little respect for most christian religions practiced in the United States.

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  6. queeg
    queeg 1 May, 2012, 07:10


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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 1 May, 2012, 10:05

    Mr. B wrote: “if they did away with the income tax other taxes would double.”

    Not necessarily. We just would cut spending, as you say.

    Always cut taxes, never raise them. Starve the monster.

    — John Seiler

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  8. queeg
    queeg 1 May, 2012, 10:59

    The constant cut taxes chant while some call for….destroy churches, starve seniors and retired or disbled vets….come on….we can do better than this!!!”

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  9. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 1 May, 2012, 11:42

    “The constant cut taxes chant while some call for….destroy churches, starve seniors and retired or disbled vets….come on….we can do better than this!!!”

    So what’s your solution, Einstein? More tax and spend? More deficit spending? More debt ceiling increases? I love you joker critics who stand on the sidelines with your hands in your pockets screaming “Go get ’em, boys! Rip ’em to shreds” and when somebody accidently throws the ball to you, you run off like a scared jackrabbit. heh. I know your type. You are omnipresent in this society. heh. 🙂

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  10. Hannah Katz
    Hannah Katz 1 May, 2012, 12:48

    Wow. Reading this makes me get down on my knees and thank God I managed to escape California. I lost money on my house, but that’s okay. Things are so much better in my new state (not saying which, to avoid encouaging other Californians to follow me here and start voting Democrat). Twice the house for half the house payment, and no state income tax. 🙂

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  11. queeg
    queeg 1 May, 2012, 13:27

    This site does not heed the wisdom of the Good Samaritan. Some of the most vile, heartless and evil rants are posted……shudder!

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  12. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 1 May, 2012, 13:55

    You got a mirror in the house??? Go stare at it.

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  13. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 1 May, 2012, 19:18

    Any attempt to Biblicize our governer is incomplete without 1Kings 12:14: ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.’

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  14. queeg
    queeg 3 May, 2012, 13:02

    The passage about render under to Cesar what is Cesar’s….. a conquered country and it’s citizens to render?

    A state where it’s citizens are constantly compelled to pay increased taxes and fees….to the detriment of the family, employer, economy?

    Your thoughts????

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