The Core Flaw in Pope Francis' Economic Viewpoint



If you are Catholic and believe in the infallibility of the Pope, hopefully this post will not offend you too much. Or, if you fully understand the true meaning of Pope infallibility, you shouldn't be offended at all. This post is intended to convince people that they don't need to vote in the way the Pope wants them to if his political opinions are not valid.

Pope Francis, like any good human being, despises poverty and believes charity is a good thing. He gets points in my book for having empathy and caring for the poor.

Just as a good, maybe even great, Pope should do, Francis has strong moral values. I applaud him for that. In fact, he would have no business being a pope if he did not have passion for these things.

His job as a Pope, to be authoritative in morals and Biblical interpretation is solidified through his words and actions.

Yet he is flawed in his understanding of economics and government.

He isn't flawed in his charity. Let me repeat that. His charity is his most appealing feature. His belief that Catholics should sacrifice a large portion of their wealth and give it to the poor is amazing. His implementation of taking some of the Catholic resources and giving it to the poor is amazing.

Yet I believe the Pope is drastically wrong in his understanding of government and economics.

The ornate windows would go great in a poor person's sandwich. Get on that Pope Francis!

The Pope believes strongly in government distributing money to the poor. Don't believe me? This is a quote from Pope Francis himself found on Slate.

"While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules." 

The points to note from the Pope's quote. He does not believe in marketplace autonomy. That is, he does not think private industry should have full control over their own assets. Additionally, he believes that states have the 'right' to exercise ANY form of control. He claims that the state is charged with vigilance for the common good.

My most blatant objection to this quote is that the government can never and will never be vigilant for the common good. It simply is impossible. Their job is to protect the people from external influence and perform functions that the taxpayers require them to perform. They have no business decided what is in the interest of the common good, nor should they have the power to take away our assets to perform their political agenda.

But that's not what I'm worried about. That's not the fault that I'm worried loyal Catholics will ignore. Let me explain why the Pope's idea that the government should distribute wealth to the poor at the expense of the middle class and the rich is wrong.

Here's the deal with the government. They always have, currently are, and always will be wildly inefficient.

They have inefficient collection, inefficient management, inefficient distribution, and inefficient results. They have 30,000 pages of tax code which makes for inefficient collection, their agencies are bureaucratic which is the definition of inefficiency, they distribute wealth to the wrong people for the wrong reasons, and finally, their results are terrible.

Why do you think the US dumps trillions of dollars into wealth redistribution, yet has the most people in 'poverty' since the great depression? It doesn't work. Simple as that.

Sorry Pope, but the government seizing hard-earned wages from the middle class and rich does nothing to solve poverty.

Apart from government inefficiency, there is one single reason why charity needs to be performed privately by individuals, businesses, and Churches.

If I give resources to a poor man, he will understand that I'm doing it out of the kindness of my heart. He will be extremely grateful to me, and be a great listener to whatever message that I bring him. So if I teach him to be hard-working, he will listen. If I get him a job, he will feel obliged to perform that job to the fullest. If I share my faith with him, there is a significant chance that he may come to know Jesus Christ.

Odds are, this man will use those resources in the best way possible so that he does not have to ask me to sacrifice more. He'll be so grateful for my voluntary donation, that he will conserve the resources and use them as efficiently as he knows how.

When the government gives resources to a poor man, it isn't from the kindness of somebody's heart. It's money seized from unwilling taxpayers and given to the poor man to complete a political agenda. The government isn't allowed to attach a spiritual message. They aren't good at teaching the poor man to work hard, and they do not have the business authority to give someone a worthwhile job.

The poor man may not feel guilty using these resources inefficiently. They will not feel guilty wasting the resources, and they will not feel guilty asking for more.

In the end, charity is infinitely times more effective from the private industry than it is from the government. I understand that the government can distribute far greater quantity of money from one place to another, but the effectiveness of that allocation is nearly zero. The effectiveness of a far lesser quantity of money in the private sector is superior in nearly every way imaginable.

Hopefully I didn't offend anybody too bad with this post, but you need to realize something. The Pope is an authority on morals and biblical interpretation. He should not have a direct impact on which name you check off on your ballot in 2016. His economics and politics simply are not up to par with the economic and government truths that we have today.