Home Depot Founder Threatens Catholic Church, Charities Over Pope Francis’ Economic Comments

ken-langoneDid Pope Francis know (or even care) that calling out the massive flaws with trickle-down economics would send many conservative Americans right off the deep end?

The Pope didn’t once say capitalism was bad.  All he did was point out the flaws that are found in unfettered capitalism (the kind many conservative Americans want).  By pointing to trickle-down economics, all Pope Francis did was say the same thing most people who operate within reality have been saying for years — it doesn’t work.

He was basically talking about how trickle-down economics promises that once the “cup” is full, it will overflow onto the rest of us.  Except what’s actually happened is the cup has simply grown larger.

You know, like the Bible says about greed — it’s perpetual and never-ending.  You can’t give into greed, then expect it to just stop once it’s hit some unknown limit.  The more we give the rich, the more they’re going to want.  Which is exactly what’s happened.  The rich have become richer than ever while everyone else has fallen further and further behind.

As I’ve said before, we were a country built on capitalism before trickle-down economics — when we had much higher taxes and stronger unions.  Trickle-down economics didn’t usher capitalism into the United States, it just allowed its greed to take over.

Well, billionaire Home Depot founder (although he’s no longer with the company) Ken Langone decided to chime in on the Pope, ridiculously claiming that Pope Francis’ comments might stop rich people (like himself) from donating to charities.

I’ll rephrase that: Mr. Langone is more or less threatening that if the Pope doesn’t stop advocating for the rights of the poor, rich people like himself might stop giving to charities.

Mr. Langone said that the Pope’s comments may make some of the rich seem “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

Um, I hate to break it to Mr. Langone, but there are rich people who couldn’t care less about the poor.  The Pope wasn’t referring to all rich people; instead he was pointing out a trend that is very real within the theory of trickle-down economics.

Langone also went on to say that he spoke with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York to express his concerns about the Pope’s comments:

“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.”

Oh, those poor rich people getting their feelings hurt.  I truly feel bad for them.  I hope they don’t have to go buy another $100k sports car or yacht to make themselves feel better and to help cope with Pope Francis’ comments.

I just found it absurd how a billionaire basically implied that if Pope Francis continues to call out greed, that rich people will stop donating money to charity.

It’s absurd because they use those donations for massive tax write-offs at the end of the year.  I love how their “charity” contributions could possibly be impacted because Pope Francis hurt their egos.   I mean, talk about massive egomaniacs.

The Pope didn’t single out anyone.  Personally, I believe any rich person who might be offended by his remarks must feel guilty about something.  If you truly believe in giving, helping and not being ultra-greedy, why would his comments have bothered you?

While I’m not completely sold on the Pope yet (he still has a long way to go) I do love the fact that his efforts to defend the poor (you know, much like Jesus Christ) has ruffled the feathers of many so-called “Christian” conservatives.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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