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Published: Friday, Jan. 24 2014 8:30 p.m. MST

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A sub-discussion has emerged, on this thread, about an apple orchard.

It is appropriate to refer this matter to John Locke who so influenced our Founding Fathers that his words might be considered with special fondness and respect; also as one who sought to base his conclusions on authority of all known scripture he may command respect from those who seek likewise.

In the Second Treatise Of Government, Chapter Five Locke writes "Of Property".

He begins with the premise: God gave the World to Men in common.... to the use of the industrious" which conforms perfectly with the scriptures that God gave the world to man to subdue and obtain bread by the sweat of his brow etc.

He concludes that man has no right to enclose land to his property save that which he can cultivate himself, and of that a right to all the fruit he can consume, not to let it rot on the tree. The approved laws of Israel allowed any man to eat the fruit of an orchard that he could, so long as he carried none away. The poor, by their labor, could glean the harvest of another.

Not so today.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

This is an easy fix, just get rid of the lower half that are the poorest. Then the number of poor people are shifted up to the next level who are not as poor and the numbers look better. Sort of like unemployment numbers, just stop counting those who drag down the data and everything starts to look better and better.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

I am sorry that there are so many poor people in the world, however they will stay there for their entire lives unless they are taught to be self reliant. Help them yes, but don't make them dependent on help. We all have the ability to succeed.

Big 'D'
San Mateo, CA

Why can't anyone understand that the TRILLION dollars we are printing for and borrowing from the Fed every year is only ending up in the stock market, inflating the wealth of the wealthiest? I have no problem with the rich getting richer by honest means, but the joke is that this is being done by the Democrats in the name of helping the poor and stimulating the economy.

From Q4 2007 thru Q1 2009, the DOW crashed > 14,000 down to < 7,000. What has the Fed's "quantitative easing" done? Gradually eased the DOW back up to 14,000 and beyond to its current level of 16,000. This is a crime against the next generation, and it is being committed by a wicked collaboration between government and the financial industry.

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