Debt: Financial Prison

July 17, 2011 Posted by zachary

Pay the debt thou hast contracted… Release thyself from bondage. (Doctrine and Covenants 19:35)

Those are some strong words. The fact that the Lord equates debt with bondage is something that we should all keep in mind.

Currently the US is facing some of that hardest of economic times we have ever faced. The main cause of this “recession” is the copious amounts of debt that the citizens and the government itself has allowed ourselves to get into. People borrowed money in order to buy houses they could not afford otherwise. The government passed regulation to allow people to borrow money even though there was a high risk of default. The government has been borrowing money in order to meet the obligations it has set upon itself for the last few decades. Frankly, we are in bondage to our debtors.

As Latter-day Saints we are counseled on a frequent basis to avoid getting ourselves into debt. It is nothing new. In 2005, President Thomas S. Monson, then the First Counselor of the First Presidency, quoted J. Ruben Clark Jr.

It is a rule of our financial and economic life in all the world that interest is to be paid on borrowed money. …

Interest never sleeps nor sickens nor dies; it never goes to the hospital; it works on Sundays and holidays; it never takes a vacation; it never visits nor travels; it takes no pleasure; it is never laid off work nor discharged from employment; it never works on reduced hours. … Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you. (In Conference Report, Apr. 1938, 102–3., Quoted in 2005 Conference Address)

That was in the 30s. President Monson is speaking of today. We need to avoid debt.

This is not just counsel for individuals. We should also practice this as a government. Today, almost all the states in the Union have passed Constitutional amendments that prevent their state governments from going into debt. Unfortunately, the Federal Government has not been living up to that expectation. We are currently in debt to the order of $14 Trillion (with a ‘T’). With current spending projections in mind, that is set to double over the next 10 years.

We need leaders who are willing to end this debt and get us out of bondage. We will not find those leaders within the Republican or Democratic parties. Only the Libertarian party has made ending federal debt a priority.

Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes. (2.4 of the Libertarian Platform)

Once again, only the Libertarian Party’s platform matches with the counsel of the Lord and his anointed servants. Will we continue on this path of increased spending and debt, or will we vote for those who have made it a goal to end our Federal Debt and save our children from paying for the excesses we think we need now?

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3 Responses to Debt: Financial Prison

  1. Austin Bouck says:

    Given the open seat for the republican nomination, I would like to see the libertarian party throw it’s entire support at Ron Paul as a republican candidate. If he can learn to play the politics game a little bit (even if it means sacrificing some of his values, at least in words), I think there’s a real possibility he could win the seat. He’s not a perfect solution, but unfortunately you have to play the game to get anything done at all. With both parties hurling words at each other, someone quiet might be able to slip in and steal this election if they can keep passive. Every president we’ve had in the last decade has proven that once you hold the office you can be accountable to no one, you just have to bite the bullet and be political for the campaign process. If we could get Paul in office, we could maybe get some real work done in the next few years, instead of making Canada look more and more appealing.

    • I do love what Ron Paul has done for the last few presidential campaigns. Personally, I am a Gary Johnson fan when it comes to the Republican field. He has all the same ideals of Ron Paul but is a little more relatable from a human perspective due to him being much younger. However, I would get behind either.

      That said though, I still think that the Libertarian party should step in with all they have in each and every race. I don’t think third parties have anything to gain by bowing out and sponsoring another party’s candidate. The short term gain for the country is countered by a tremendous weakening of the party itself and its ideals.

      What I have come to learn is that neither party has lived up to its platform and this will not change. Even is Paul or Johnson is elected president, they will be contending not only with Democrats in Congress and Senate, but also their own party members who do not share the libertarian ideals. They will have a very difficult time of it.

      Although, it would be nice for one of them to win and then switch party allegiance while in office and become true Libertarians.

      • Austin Bouck says:

        That would be my idea. If they are willing to turn their backs on whatever major party championed them, being the incumbent holds so much power on its own, and what would the party they “betrayed” do if they ran again, vote for the opposing side’s candidate or split the vote between a new candidate and the incumbent?
        I want to believe that someday a third party candidate can win election again, but I’m afraid I won’t see that change in my lifetime, then again, I’m still really young and the only way it can happen is if I stop thinking that it won’t.

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