Ben Bernanke quotes Bible in telling Princeton grads to give back

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  • Bridger Midway, UT
    June 5, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    This scripture indeed suggests that those who are blessed the most should give back (and not just money). I take no issue with Bernanke's inference to that effect. It's a good message for future entrepreneurs. However, I do take issue when the government uses scriptural references and religious belief to FORCE people to live that principle according to their interpretation. It should be up to me and my family to determine how "much has been given" to us and how much we can give to others.

    My wife and I give generously to charities. That is me living by my interpretation of that commandment (and a host of others). I dislike the government using my own faith against me in an attempt to guilt-trip me into accepting higher government intrusion or at least justify their seizure of my property to put toward programs that I have no say in and that often times don't actually help the unfortunate among us in the long run. How about turning charity back to charity organizations that are a lot closer to the people they serve and have government play a supporting role. Maybe we'll finally get somewhere.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 4, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    "....‘From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded’...."

    So Bernanke is quoting that oft-quoted passage from the Bible simply to set the stage for higher taxation? Well, I can see how it could indicate that. But couldn't we consider the possibility that in a commencement address meant to inspire graduates he was reminding the guardians of tomorrow of our responsibility to give back to the world we owe much to? Give back with our talents, energies, and best efforts?

    How cynical we've become due in no small measure to cynical journalists and columnists who parse words to find hidden meanings that might not be there.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    June 4, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Reference redistribution, I think we are reading too much into the Chairman's words (something we are wont to do).

    Simply put, he was saying to the Princeton folks - most of you are REALLY lucky. Give something back.