Mike Rowe Rips the Two-Party System

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Mike Rowe, TV host of Dirty Jobs

Yesterday, Mike Rowe of the famous TV show Dirty Jobs slammed the two-party system on the economy.  Here is what he had to say about the Democratic and Republican Parties.

“Everyday on the news, liberal pundits and politicians portray the wealthy as greedy, while conservative pundits and politicians portray the poor as lazy. Democrats have become so good at denouncing greed, Republicans now defend it. And Republicans are so good at condemning laziness, Democrats are now denying it even exists. It’s a never ending dance that gets more contorted by the day.”

They both play the blame game. I have been placed under the category of lazy people just because I don’t have a job; I have searched for a job and continue to do so without any luck and I am a college graduate who is a member of two prestigious honors societies in addition to being a polyglot with a record of proficiency in the workplace.  Yet I’m still having a difficult time finding a job and the last thing I need is for somebody to assume I’m lazy and want welfare handouts.  I’m already known for being anti-liberal but this time I want to emphasize my distaste for GOP economic policies. There’s no middle ground with these two: one wants a socialist utopia and the other wants a laissez-faire system. What about subsidiarity which promotes helping the needy on a more local basis? Time to learn what the Church teaches on economical ethics and how the Holy Father is in line with it rather than what the Democrats and Republicans think.

“The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with ‘communism’ or ‘socialism.’ She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of ‘capitalism,’ individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2425)

Holy Church rejects simultaneously both socialism and capitalism as extremes, neither which can solve all our problems.  Many political pundits want to continue playing the Jesus card when Our Lord clearly did not come here for a mere political agenda but to life, die for our sins and rise again so that we may have new life in Him.  He did not come here to establish a socialist state which makes everybody pay more and more to give more handouts and neither did He come here to say to ignore the needs of the poor because they need to work if they want to get through life.  When the Holy Father called us not to rely on the free market to bring “about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world” [1], he did not call for a state-control of the economy.

Saint John Chrysostom said, “Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood” [2].  The Church does not condone socialism; it promotes subsidiarity which “is opposed to all forms of collectivism” and “sets limits for state intervention” [3].  According to this principle “neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies” [4].

[1] Pope Francis. Evangelii Gaudium, no. 54.

[2] Saint John Chrysostom. De Lazaro Concio 2:6.

[3] Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1885.

[4] Ibid., 1894.

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