Hillary Clinton – not since the abduction of the Biblical Joseph has a more gorgeous visitor, draped in a colorful coat, visited the land of Egypt.
Joseph, has a lot to teach American economic policy makes as well as regular Americans. Hillary might also be inspired by some of the similarities between herself and Joseph.
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Non-believers in the modern age know the story of the Biblical Joseph from the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical theater production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (famous West End Joseph’s include Patrick Cassidy, Donny Osmond, Andy Gibb, and Leif Garrett; a film version starring Donny Osmond was also produced ).
Who was Joseph and what are his lessons for American economic policy makers?
The musical theater and atheists too like Joseph, so do Jews, Christians and Muslims:
Joseph or Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף , Standard Yosef Tiberian Yôsēp, Arabic: يوسف, Yusuf ; “He (The Lord) increases/may add”), is a major figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). He was Jacob’s eleventh son and Rachel’s first. He is also mentioned favourably in the Qur’an.
Joseph, son of Jacob, is one of the best-known figures in the Torah, famous for his coat of many colors (although this may be a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for “stripes”) and his God-given ability to interpret dreams. Due to jealousy, his brother Judah sold him into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. Eventually he worked under the Egyptian official Potiphar, but was freed and became the chief adviser (vizier) to the Egyptian Pharaoh, allegedly during either the Hyksos Era or, according to Kenneth Kitchen, the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.
The shrine called Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus/Shechem is traditionally considered to be his tomb.
Joseph, like Hillary, was sold into bondage because of jealousy. But Joseph eventually does very well in his captivity. Joseph had a gift for dream interpretation but he was also a hard worker. We don’t know Hillary’s talents regarding dreams but we do know she is a hard worker.
The good-looking Joseph has some problems with the wife of Pharaoh but we’ll ignore that
Michelle Potiphar portion of the story and go to the crux of the narrative. Suffice to say that the problems with Pharaoh’s wife, Potiphar, lands Joseph in the hoosegow, the clink – prison.
Even in prison, where Joseph is planted, he blossoms (Hillary: ‘it does not matter where you are planted, blossom’).
Soon afterward, two of Pharaoh’s officers, the chief butler and the chief baker, having offended the king, were thrown into the prison where Joseph was, and Joseph was appointed to serve them.
One morning both officers told Joseph their dreams of the previous night, which they themselves were unable to interpret. Joseph concluded from their dreams that the chief butler would be reinstated within three days and that the chief baker would be hanged. Joseph requested the chief butler to mention him to Pharaoh and secure his release from prison, but that officer, reinstalled in office, forgot Joseph (Gen. xl.).
Here we get to what American economic policy makers might want to consider (substitute “cows” for “kine”; “kine” refers to domesticated bovine animals):
Joseph remained two years in prison, at the end of which period Pharaoh had an uneasy dream of seven lean kine devouring seven fat kine on the Nile, and of seven withered ears devouring seven full, ripe ears. Great importance was attached to dreams in Egypt, and Pharaoh was much troubled when his magicians proved unable to interpret them satisfactorily.
Then the chief butler remembered Joseph and spoke of his skill to Pharaoh.
Here is the lesson:
Accordingly he was sent for, and he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream as foretelling that seven years of abundance would be followed by seven years of famine and advised the king to appoint some able man to store the surplus grain during the period of abundance. Pleased with his interpretation, Pharaoh made him viceroy over Egypt, giving him the Egyptian name of Zaphnath-paaneah and conferring on him other marks of royal favor. [snip]
During the seven years of abundance, Joseph amassed for the king a great supply of grain, which he sold to both Egyptians and foreigners (Gen. xli. 48-49, 54-57).
While we distance ourselves from subsequent land policies instituted by Joseph the main lesson about the value of savings we fully endorse.
American policy makers should use years of prosperity to prepare for leaner times. In modern parlance, the boom years should build surpluses to deploy during recessions.
Unfortunately, the Obama policy appears to be debt piled on debt. In other words Obama wants to eat all the skinny cows.
Even Donald Trump gets it: saving money is smart and good. It’s too late, after 8 years of George W. Bush and Republican irresponsibility to save up for the lean times, but Obama wants to compound the bad with more bad – add more debt to the debt policies which have us in this big financial hole which threatens the entire American system.
Even at the Vatican of the High Church of Obama the priests are worried (Jim Cramer: “This is the greatest wealth destruction I’ve seen by a President.”) that Pharoah has lost his mind:
John McCain is furious and calling out Obama on his lies, lies, lies:
Long delayed but not shrunken with time, a nearly $410 billion omnibus spending bill is fast becoming a great bone in the throat for Democrats and the White House, just when each hoped to put the past behind them and move onto President Barack Obama’s new 2010 budget. [snip]
At the same time, Democrats admitted privately that the White House itself has hurt their cause by frightening off Republicans, who negotiated the bill in December but are now in “sticker shock” after seeing the full cost of the new president’s agenda.
The giant measure covers more than a dozen Cabinet departments and represents unfinished business from last fall, when Democrats and the Bush administration were at loggerheads over domestic spending. But in today’s environment — of soaring deficits and unemployment — it’s an explosive mix of parochial projects and new spending. And as Obama himself famously quoted Faulkner in the campaign last year, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”
Certainly not for McCain. Monday’s floor speech was the most personal attack yet by the Arizona Republican in what has already become a surprisingly strained, often hostile approach to the new president.
“If it seems like I’m angry, it’s because I am,” McCain said, taking the White House to task for treating the bill as leftover business — and not subject to the full measure of earmark reform promised by candidate Obama.
“Last year’s business?” McCain asked, incredulous. “The president will sign this appropriations bill into law. It is the president’s business. It is the president of the United States’ business. It is the president of the United States’ business to do what he said — stated — when we were in debate seeking the support of the American people — where he said he would work to eliminate earmarks.”
“We need earmark reform and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely,” McCain said, reading back Obama’s words at a debate last fall. “That’s the quote, the promise of the president of the United States made to the American people in a debate with me in Oxford, Miss. So what is brought to the floor today — 9,000 earmarks.…So much for change.”
Idiot Obama lover, David Brooks, at the grey cathedral of the High Church of Obama is waking from the sacramental wine dosed with Hopium:
But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor — caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.
So programs are piled on top of each other and we wind up with a gargantuan $3.6 trillion budget. We end up with deficits that, when considered realistically, are $1 trillion a year and stretch as far as the eye can see. We end up with an agenda that is unexceptional in its parts but that, when taken as a whole, represents a social-engineering experiment that is entirely new.
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Eat the rich does not a good meal make.
Steaks from skinny cows are not very tasty.
Hillary, come back from Egypt land. Come back from captivity. We need you.