We all like to spend money. Unfortunately most of us don’t have as much money as we’d like to spend. This isn’t merely true for individuals. Nations can spend too much money as well.
Greece has decided that it can’t handle the austerity measures necessary to put it on the path to financial stability. They’ve elected a new leftist government that’s got back to the serious business of spending money they don’t have. The Greeks can breathe easily again. Life is back to normal.
Sometimes life imitates art.
I’ve been reading Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne lately. In the novel, the local squire, Mr. Gresham, has some financial difficulties. He’s got an immense income of £14,000 a year, but he’s got even more immense debts. He owes £80,000, and he’s just had to borrow another £10,000. Trollope describes Mr. Gresham’s reaction to the new loan this way.
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Originally posted on Reflection and Choice:
There he goes again. Pope Francis is confusing the point.
He condemned religious violence in response to the attack in Paris. Westerners tend to applaud the condemnation of religious violence. All well and good.
But the New York Daily News believes that Francis made “a rare rhetorical misstep.”
But then the Pope confused the point by saying, “You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
While the sentiment is understandable coming from a man of the cloth, it conflicts with Western traditions of free expression, while enabling repressive religious zealots around the world to claim the Pope is in their corner.
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