Working on the Honr System (sm) – Social Economic Justice via Pervasive (Micro)payment

These are preliminary notes

Powerpoint needs to be done in epiphaneo video format: youtube, vimeo, facebook – others (as many as feasible)
possible TED talk

Daily Work, Daily Pay Same Day Fair Day’s Pay – daily labor daily wages

Honr – Pauline NT principle, OT based – Honor (pay for the value of) Parents, Teachers, Teaching Elders
Add illustrative verses (below)


NO METRICS = SOCIAL IGNORANCE ; BIASED METRICS (necessary data excluded to reinforce status quo structural inequities)

economic injustice is obscured because many metrics which describe tasks performed which are necessary to society are unmeasured and uncompensated due to controlled taxation system [ie allowable deductions, disallowable deduction] of the dominant class

example – why can I declare my currency gift to a nonprofit organization but not my labor (voluteering)? If we actually measured the total societal impact, it would have to be reflected in state and federal budgets (UN, foreign aid, etc. too)

example – prison industrial complex – poor “criminal caste”

1% backed governments, banking debt system, war banksters, UK rehypothecation ponzi scheme

Workers compensation is falsely framed as salary and employer-based benefits
(BENEFITs are just reduced salaries)

Should be paid immediately in real-time entirely in digitally liquid currencies (don’t illegally/immorally sacrifice float to banks and employers).

The point is not alternative currencies (necessarily)

Flattr button on not just blog posts and blogs but on online activity logs for every kind of activity
Quora, Wikipedia, Amazon Reviews (ANYTHING which provides value add — whether recognized by society or not)

pay (tip) an employee at a restaurant but not at an employee at Wal-Mart (folks complain they are undercompensated, denied benefits

Relational Tithing

only way a good teacher gets direct payment in THE PUBLIC SYSTEM requires that a book publisher gets a cut or a college, university or for profit school administration gets a cut

“We” say we are for MARKET BASED SOLUTIONS and then deny the customers in the market an avenue to pay for anything the dominant class (Government, current “ruling class” [ in US: corporatism, war banksters ] disallow


Social Movement –

Doctr [ used to pay in chicken, pig or cheese ]
Stay at Home Mothr / Fathr
Family Care Givr

Seers, Vizrs

EVERYONE gets an online task log populated with tasks which can be paid for immediately upon view
[taxation could be included as well where applicable by law]

Distribution Allies
Noam Chomsky. Max Keiser, Robert Reich, (Carbon Credit Al Gore), Al Franken, Pete De Fasio, Elizabeh Warren, Pat Schroeder?

Which Foundations would fund, if any?

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Bimetalism taught us that “the people’s best interest” is served by having multiple competing and complementary currencies

Bimetalism – needed for liquidity –

so Flattr and Paypal and Bitcoin and proprietary wallets must be an Honr button/platform which can be an INTERFACE to other underlying platforms

Need to have more than one currency or liquidity is sacrificed
Wlliam Jennings Bryan
will not be crucified by cross of gold
desilverization was a tactic of market rigging

Max Keiser and Antal Fekete segment
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There’s a brave new world filled with entertainment, news and tools made by everyone, and not just the big guys. This new world deserves your support.

Pick how much you’d like to spend per month. Then, whenever you see a Flattr button on a website that you like, click it. We count up all of your clicks at the end of each month and distribute your monthly spend between everything you’ve clicked on. Simple, right?

Flattr was founded to help people share money, not only content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore sending donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…

Flattr solves this issue. When you’re registered to flattr, you pay a small monthly fee. You set the amount yourself. In the end of the month, that fee is divided between all the things you flattered. You’re always logged in to the account. That means that giving someone some flattr-love is just a button away. And you should! Clicking one more button doesn’t add to your fee. It just divides the fee between more people! Flattr tries to encourage people to share. Not only pieces of content, but also some money to support the people who created them. With love!

Flattr requires an account at!

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Standardized, formalized taxonomy (taxation enabled maybe) need for crowd sourced metrics and stats vs. the Department of Labor (biased by not including “traditionally uncompensated labor”)

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New inflation real time inflation index, internet of things

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Theological basis and illustrations

Jesus and Korban Mark 7:11-12

Romans 4:4 If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift

Galatians 6:6. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share {Κοινωνείτω} all good things with his instructor.

3My defense to those who examine me is this:4Do we not have a right to eat and drink?5Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?6Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?7Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?

8I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?9For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He?10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.11If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.13Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?14So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

1st Timothy 5:17
17The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.18For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

CSPAN Myth Day: Shareholder Value and the Global Minotaur

Author Lynn Stout talked about her book, The Shareholder Value Myth, in which she argues that corporations placed too much emphasis on increasing their stock price. She said the focus on shareholder value has prevented corporations from making a full contribution to solving the problems of the world, and described a corporate world where the effort to maximize profits in the short term had degraded the long-term value of many companies. She responded to questions from the audience.

Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis, the author of The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, spoke about debt and the global economy. He argued against the existence of a debt crisis in the global economy or in individual countries, asserting that the problem instead was a a crisis of too much savings “with no place to go.”

C-SPAN BookTV, Signs of the Times, and Solomon’s Prayer for Sanctification

Joseph Stiglitz argues that rising inequality in the U.S. is bad for our democracy and says that we need to become a more equitable society. Professor Stiglitz responded to questions from members of the audience at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Joel Rosenberg questions whether the U.S. can recover from its economic and spiritual decline. He also talks about what the Bible has to say about our future. Mr. Rosenberg spoke at Houston’s First Baptist Church in Texas on themes in his book “Implosion”.

2 Chronicles 6 (New International Version)

2 Chronicles 7 (New International Version)

Buy the premise, buy the bit.

The “Syrian Massacre” Main Street Media Cannot Cover [Sex Trade Related Human Trafficking]

1) Nobody’s hands are clean. Whether you have consumed or just turned your head with a moralistic “tisk”, evil continues. Pray for mercy for all of us.

2) If you think there is no rationale to ever increasing higher education debt, you are naive. It sets up a systematic environment for debt-based coercion.

3) Do you know how much profit your cable and satellite tv and hotel/motel companies derive from this portion of their businesses?

Porn Statistics from the Pink Cross:

  • At the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a gathering of the nation’s divorce lawyers, attendees revealed that 58% of their divorces were a result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse. In 2008, Internet Watch Foundation found 1,536 individual child abuse domains.
  • Of 1351 pastors surveyed, 54% had viewed Internet pornography within the last year.
  • There are 4.2 million pornographic websites, 420 million pornographic web pages, and 68 million daily search engine requests.
  • 50% of men and 20% of women in the church regularly view porn.
  • Worldwide pornography revenue in 2006 was $97.06 billion. Of that, approximately $13 billion was in the United States.
  • More than 11 million teens regularly view porn online.
  • The largest group viewing online pornography is ages 12 to 17.
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea among performers is 10x greater than that of LA County 20-24 year olds.
  • 70% of sexually transmitted infections in the porn industry occur in females according to County of Los Angeles Public Health.

Please also see Human Trafficking, Pornography, and Child Abduction – The Dirty (and Sad) Truth by  Debi Devens

See also the Nefarious Documentary Project

2012/2013 Africa-wide Women in Science Competition Call for Abstracts

With a population of approximately 1.03 billion in 2011, and a growth rate of 24 million per annum, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050. Africa’s chances of halving poverty and hunger by 2015 remain slim. The continent needs to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner as well as find endogenous solutions to respond to the twin challenges of climate change and volatile food and energy prices. Increasing investments in the agricultural sector and more specifically in science, technology and innovation is seen as a viable option for achieving broad-based agricultural led economic growth, equity and prosperity.

This competition seeks to promote excellence and recognize and reward outstanding women scientists who are undertaking scientific and innovative research, technology and engineering related development activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance and socio-economic development in Africa.

LIVE WEBCAST on Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa. Oct. 11, 12:30 – 2:00 PM Washington DC time

Citizen Engagement, Aid Coordination, and Transparency: An Experience from Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Washington D.C. time

Live Webcast at:

Comments or questions: please use Twitter (#mapdataafrica)

Drought, conflict, and rising food prices have created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa in decades. As areas of famine have grown over the past few months, data about the impact and response are sobering: food prices have increased nearly 200 percent, 750,000 people estimated to be at risk of starvation, and 2.4 billion U.S. dollars are needed to provide relief. There is a great need to understand, disaggregate and communicate this type data to increase citizen engagement and bolster a strong, coordinated international response. Sharing data about the famine’s impact and response can increase citizen engagement, improve coordination among organizations, and increase transparency of those involved in the relief effort.

This seminar, organized by World Bank, will present the recent work of Development Seed in the Horn of Africa. Development Seed is a firm which offers services to government, international development agencies, and the private sector to creatively use data for visualization and mapping in order to help those organizations to explain complex issues and improve their decision-making.

Chair: Johannes Sebastian Kiess, Operations Officer, World Bank Institute

Eric Gunderson, President, Development Seed
Dave Cole, Project Lead, Development Seed

Alexandre Marc, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank
Joshua Goldstein, Consultant, ICT Sector Unit, World Bank

Dear Fan of AlterNet

If you had the impression that women’s voices are more or less equally represented in media — that the gender byline and TV appearance gap has been fixed — you would be wrong. There is still fundamental male dominance in the public discourse, and that is unacceptable.

When women’s voices are missing, we all are deprived.

We are writing to ask you to help us improve this situation… and, by the way, it won’t be easy.

The OpEd project collects data on female bylines from the op-ed pages of the NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, as well as from content of online sites such as HuffPo, Slate and Salon. Oftentimes, the numbers are chilling:

  • 95% male writers for week of April 12th for the Wall Street Journal;
  • 95% male for week of March 15th for the NY Times;
  • 81% male for week of April 26th for HuffPo;
  • 91% male for April 16th for Salon

While these are among the worst weeks, it was an extremely rare week, over the past 3 months, when any of these media operations had more than 30% women’s bylines, and often much less.

There are several reasons for the gender byline gap. One issue is: Anonymous commenting aims hostility toward women. In addition, American Prospect editor Ann Friedman writes: "Men are socialized to be more aggressive and confident, which translates to pitching more articles and getting published more often. Men are more likely to be well connected. Men are more likely to tout their experience."

At AlterNet we’ve featured 1/3 female bylines for more than four years — it’s an editorial requirement. (We’re not aware of any other major media outlet that has a minimum requirement.) But that is still inadequate. We just surveyed our own content over the past month and the number of female bylines is only 35%. So we are not as cool as we thought.

Doing what we normally do every day isn’t enough. So, we’ve decided to dedicate additional resources and make a special effort — raise money for an editor whose primary job it is to assign women content, raise more money to pay for more women writers, and develop a wider system to distribute great female writers to social networking sites and other media.

This endeavor is one of our most ambitious to date.

Recently, a funder agreed with our goals and offered us $15,000 in seed money for this project… but with a hitch. Because one of the points we made was that Facebook was a more positive environment for female writers with no anonymous commenting, our funder wants us to raise matching money directly from our Facebook users. And that’s where you come in.

Will you help us? Go here:

Any money contributed will go toward assigning and marketing strong journalistic content by women with an emphasis on hard issues of foreign affairs, politics, investigating the Tea Party, etc.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Roxanne Cooper and Adele M. Stan

Associate Publisher and Washington, DC Bureau Chief


P.S. AlterNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 100% of your contribution to this effort is tax-deductible.

Leila Chirayath Janah, founder of Samasource

A scholarship from big tobacco company led Leila to volunteer as a teacher in Ghana. Seeing her students ambition combined with the rise in global literacy and access to technology, Leila presents the concept of microwork as a way to overcome poverty and participate in the global tech economy.

Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, a social business that connects women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income.

Mark Hamilton on Justice

<ed.note>One of the benefits of Lent is the setting aside of time to meditate on just how much we’ve|I’ve screwed up in the previous year. One of the blessings of Easter is the sense that a new, hopeful year awaits for more victory, less defeat. But victory needs a goal and I can think of no better than that of a greater involvement in God’s will as it relates to believers promoting justice. Mark Hamilton’s thoughts on the topic make a fantastic springboard moving us in the direction of that goal.</ed.note>

What is justice? How can we be more just people, and a more just church? These questions seem acute in our time, as American Christians have access to unprecedented wealth and power while so many of our brothers and sisters sometimes lack even daily bread. As this new series of podcasts tries to show, the Bible offers a profound and eminently workable approach to changing our own lives — our attitudes, behaviors, values, and desires — so as to become more just people. I hope you enjoy this series and welcome your comments or questions. Dr. Mark W. Hamilton Associate Professor of Old Testament and Associate Dean ACU Graduate School of Theology Abilene, TX 79699 Editor, The Transforming Word

Podcast here.

Gifts from David Moberg

In some cultures and at some places of business and of friendship groups, it is a custom for the person who has a birthday to give gifts to others.

So here is my Birthday Gift to you on this day of my birth. It consists of two “packages.” I hope they will stimulate your reasoning mind (Romans 12:1-8; Colossians 2:6-8, etc.) and help you to ponder on issues of public morality, sometimes called “social justice” or “social sin and righteousness,” that ought to be among the concerns of every citizen of the USA. They especially should receive major attention by all Christians who are trying to know “the mind of Christ,” those who want to love the Lord with all their minds (Matthew 22:37-40), to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1), and to worship Him instead of Mammon (materialism or money, Luke 16:13) and the greed that is idolatry (Colossians 3:5).

My gift consists of some of my observations about two current issues. They have arisen under the stimulus of seeing how our great nation that once was “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” to use Abraham Lincoln’s words, has become one that is “of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.” People of wealth control both political parties and most major institutions of society. Many of them have so shrewdly twisted biblical principles that their (recognized or unrecognized) greedy interests have won the support of many evangelical Christians as well as of many poor and middle class people.

Of course, I know that many people at every social and economic level have money-directed and materialistic values, while others at every level (like you! [editor: I need to do way better!]) do honestly try to live in accord with ethical and biblical values that put the well-being of people ahead of the acquisition and protection of property. The Bible includes the condemnation of unrighteous wealthy people (read examples in Isaiah, Amos, the other Hebrew prophets, and James 2:5-13) and the sinfulness of loving money (1 Timothy 6:10), but it also has instructions for the proper use of wealth (e.g., 1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Details of my first gift to you, GIFT 1: REFLECTIONS ON HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA, are elaborated below. To oversimplify, it reflects the Mammon Worship that is preventing the most genuinely major reforms of the health system of our nation (even though the changes under consideration will bring improvements). If members of Congress would no longer profit personally from our expensive system, we would win better health care at far lower costs. You and I are lavishly paying for huge costs classified as healthcare expenses that are mostly hidden but prevent any genuine overhaul of our extremely expensive and discriminatory circumstances related to health. To plead that “government must not come between me and healthcare” is equivalent to the foolish plea that “we want the profit-seeking insurance bureaucrats to continue to stand between us and healthcare instead.” Read some of the details below.

My second gift is passed along to you under the title of GIFT 2: MORAL ISSUES IN OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY. It clarifies significant aspects of the causes of our current worldwide economic depression, and it reflects the moral and mental lethargy of Christians who support maintaining or strengthening the very conditions that brought it about. I fear far too many of us concentrate so heavily upon the first part of Christ’s “Great Commission” that we overlook its last part, the command to teach his disciples to obey everything that He commanded (Matthew 28:20). That includes applying His teachings (all Scripture!) to life in our own society, which is so different from that of Israel and the ancient Roman Empire in which Jesus lived. Again, our woes have come from allowing “free enterprise capitalism” to overpower the governmental controls that are so necessary as long as people (yes, even Christians, 1 John 1:8-10) are sinners. Fortunately, despite the strong pressures of Mammon to eliminate the balance of powers (legislative, executive, judicial) that characterize our government under the Constitution, they still exist. An analogous or similar balance of powers also is needed more than ever in the economic and other institutions of society.

Christians need to focus upon each respective specific issue that calls for action instead of simply assuming that any one political gang is always correct on every issue. We must not give our highest loyalty unswervingly away to any person (president, governor, mayor, pastor, pope, or other) nor to any group (political party, profession, union, church, denomination, nation, etc.). There is only ONE, whom we should love (i.e., obey and serve) above all else. Only He deserves to receive our unmitigated loyalty and obedience. Of course, we who pledge loyalty to Him sometimes can disagree about the specific actions that obedience to Almighty God calls for because life is so complex, circumstances have so many entangled components, we observe but few of them, and we tend to apply or misapply different teachings from the Bible. We need to help one another to work together as members of the one Body of Christ in this world in which Satan masquerades as the servant of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), trying continuously to squeeze us into its mould (Romans 12:2, Philips) or pattern of conformity.

I hope many of you will share and discuss these observations with family members and friends. They are passed along as “grist for the grinding mill” of your astute minds, not at all “the final word” on their subjects, but as perspectives to place under the revealing “Light of the World” that ideally is reflected by all who are sincere believers in Jesus Christ and servants of Him as their Lord.

Happily, humbly, and gratefully your one-year-older friend, David

David O. Moberg
7120 W. Dove Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53223-2766
Phone: 414-357-7247
Messages: 414-357-6672


For your information, I have publicly shared some questions again, this time about the healthcare reform bills that may soon be consolidated by the House and Senate and then made into law. If passed, there will be improvements for most ordinary people, but per capita healthcare costs will continue to soar far above those of most (possibly all) other industrial nations.

On Friday, Dec. 18, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published my letter copied below (with minor adaptations of the first paragraph) in its Letters to the Editor section entitled, “YOUR OPINIONS” under the label, “HEALTH CARE, Keep digging.” (The title I gave it referred to Recusals.)

The article to which its first paragraph refers is Lawmakers invest in what is at issue: Three own stock in medical firms by Diana Marrero on Dec. 13 (pp. 1B & 6B). She revealed that numerous Wisconsin legislators own health care stocks and similar investments. (The three most egregious examples she gave are Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan, and Tom Petri.) Marrero emphasized the possibility that personal financial gain could influence their votes on health care reform and, by implication, on other subjects. Similar circumstances apply to senators and representatives from every state of the USA.

My letter added to her perspective about health care reform legislation. It emphasizes that it will be impossible to get major reforms as long as nearly all of our legislators reap big benefits from the status quo.

The ethical principles that apply in scientific research, academic scholarship, legal representation, and many other professions demand that persons who would directly benefit from either changing or retaining the status quo must recuse themselves from policy decision-making, but Congress has made its own rules, so it exempts its members from the need for recusals whenever they are proposing, discussing, or voting upon potential legislation.

I am still sure that “If members of Congress no longer profited from our expensive system, we would win better health care at far lower costs.”

On this topic, there almost seems to be a coverup about many details related to healthcare in the USA. One reason is that the mass media themselves profit financially from keeping our current system. Significant reforms will reduce their income.

Someone, however, must have collected and reported information about the actual health care dollars that are spent (by health insurance companies, pharmaceutical corporations, hospitals and clinics, prosthetic device manufacturing and sales agencies, and other medical and health-related companies) for each of the following categories of expenditures, but why are they not shared with all of us in the regular news channels?

1. Individual and total contributions to the campaign funds of the members of Congress, the President, state legislators, governors, judges, and others who are elected to their offices.

2. Expenditures for federal, state, regional, and municipal lobbying related to health care issues.

3. Advertising in newspapers, magazines, TV, and other mass media that aims to make patients insist that their physicians prescribe specific medications, surgical procedures, prosthetic or other devices, etc.

4. The marketing expenses for promoting and selling private health insurance plans, including Medicare supplemental policies.

5. The total cost of excessive salaries (is that above $250,000 or $500,000 a year??), the special fringe benefits (country club memberships, lavish paid vacations, etc. that normal workers do not receive), and cash or stock bonuses received by the CEOs and top administrators of healthcare-related corporations.

6. The extra costs of repeatedly collecting the same information again and again, plus maintaining and updating those duplicate records, for each patient who uses the services of more than one physician, clinic, hospital, etc., as well as the expenses for transferring data from one agency to another, in contrast to the savings that would come from maintaining a single central data bank on each person. (Fears of abusing such information are linked more with worry over increased premiums or loss of insurance coverage under our current for-profit insurance system than with anything else.)

7. The profits “earned” by those who are executives of and investors in our private health and health-related industrial and commercial  companies. (Yes, that includes most of us who have investments in mutual funds.)

8. All the other expenditures from the health and health-related segment of the national economy that are aimed at influencing legislation and protection of the interests of the industry in contrast to those of consumers. (Some of this is labeled as disseminating information or education.)

Those are among the non-healthcare costs of current health care. They are tucked into its bookkeeping as if they are valid expenses for whatever aspect of healthcare they offer to their clients. Is my impression, that many or most of these costs will be retained or increased and not eliminated by the proposed health care reforms that were separately passed by the House and Senate, correct?

Both “conservatives” and “liberals” have strongly held opinions and fears of what could happen. Both spread lop-sided propaganda through their respective channels as if their views are the whole truth and nothing but the truth on the subject.

But what are the truly relevant facts related to the legislation under consideration in Congress? To me they seem to center around the Almighty Dollar. For the “upper crust” this means the fears of reduced income from their health-related investments, of losing current income tax privileges (under which billionaire Warren Buffett has publicly told that he pays a smaller percentage of his income than does his $60,000 a year secretary), and of carrying a larger share of taxation. For “working class” people it means gaining improved access to healthcare services within their means to pay and without regard for pre-existing conditions, fine-print exclusions from coverage, lack or loss of employer-covered health insurance, etc. But only after there is a competitive public option plan and the eight issues I mention above have been addressed satisfactorily are we likely to see significant reductions in overall healthcare costs for the nation and for individuals.

(No reply to this memo is requested, unless you can provide a single source that has all the answers to all the issues I mention, using solid biblical ethics as the guide to values.)

David O. Moberg

Letters to the Editor (sent Dec. 15, 2009; published Dec. 18)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Congratulations on revealing how personal gain directly (even if unconsciously) influences votes in Congress (“Lawmakers invest in what is at issue,” by Diana Marrero, Dec. 13). But dig still deeper!

Most politicians have such strong vested interests in privileges from the status quo in Health Care that they ought to recuse themselves from voting on health care reform. They reap rich personal and politicalbenefits from insurance, pharmaceutical, medical device, financial, and other health care companies.

Even when “reformed,” health expenditures will continue escalating. Reasons include legislators’direct profits from investments in those companies, but also major donations by the companies to campaign funds and other benefits.

Citizens are the ultimate payers of the expanding non-medical expenses charged to health care. These include lobbying, advertising to make patients persuade physicians to prescribe expensive medications, duplicating medical records (how many times must we tell each provider the same things, each set fattening another file?), excessive profits and bonuses, and marketing costs of insurance (48 plans just for Medicare supplements in Wisconsin to enable “the annual choice best forus”).

If members of Congress no longer profited from our expensive system, we would win better health care at far lower costs.

David O. Moberg, Ph. D.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


[The author and source of this article are at the end. DOM]

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Did You Know?
“Repentance was an involved process in the early church. Sin was seen not as a personal matter but as something that destroyed the unity of the church. Penitents fasted and prayed for the forgiveness of their sins, appeared before the church to make public confession, and were barred from the Lord’s Supper until they gave evidence of a change of heart and were absolved. (The only exception was for people facing persecution. They were readmitted to the Lord’s Supper so they could receive strength.)” —John O. Gooch (Christian History Newsletter, Feb. 13, 2010)

Thank God, even the sins of which we are completely unaware and that that we think are righteous deed are forgiven by our Lord Jesus
Christ. — D.O.M.