Pope Francis Slams Trickle-Down Economics, Calls Out Republican Economic Policy

Pope FrancisI’ll be honest — I’ve never been a big fan of any Pope, but then again I’m not a huge fan of organized religion at all.  Though I’m a Christian, I think too much is corrupted when an organized religion sinks their claws into faith, manipulating it for their own selfish benefits.

That being said, I must say thus far I have been extremely impressed by Pope Francis.  Granted, he’s far from perfect (and the Vatican is a long way away from fixing even half of the issues I have with that place), but as for what I personally believe as a Christian, I find myself agreeing with this Pope quite often.

After all, when Saran Palin calls the Pope too liberal, he’s probably doing something right.

Well, consider me blown away when I read about Pope Francis essentially annihilating the entire Republican economic platform.  I actually went as far as to triple-check the quote because it seemed almost too good to be true.

In part of an 85-page document, the Pope wrote:

“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.  This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.  Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”

Again, this was written by the Pope. 

I would love to see Republicans counter this statement.  The party that claims to represent “Christian values” just had their entire economic platform directly called out by the most recognized religious leader on the planet.

Can’t you just see it now?  Republicans standing there, proclaiming that the leader of the Catholic church has Christianity wrong, but people like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have it right?  This could get very interesting, and I cannot wait to see the reactions from many of these far-right tea party conservatives responding to this comment from Pope Francis.

The part I especially like is how he basically says that the idea of trickle-down economics has “never been confirmed by the facts.”  Then I love how he goes on to say that people who believe in such an asinine economic theory are more or less naive.  And finally he points out how, despite the rich being richer than ever, “the excluded are still waiting.”

It’s basically what liberals have been saying for decades — trickle-down economics is giant scam.  The facts don’t back up the theory.  We’re headed toward 40 years of trickle-down economics and the only thing it’s managed to accomplish is making the wealthiest among us richer than they’ve ever been before.  Yet, for the vast majority of us, we continue to fall further and further behind.

Trickle-down economics is ridiculously easy to debunk by pointing out cold hard facts and statistics, yet Republicans are so resistant to facts they simply refuse to acknowledge reality.  If trickle-down economics worked, the poor and middle class would be doing better than ever considering the rich are doing better than at any time in our nation’s history.

But that’s not happening because trickle-down economics is a con.  Just think of the premise behind the theory: It’s based on the term “trickle” which is defined as a small flow of liquid.  Hell, the damn theory says what we get back will be small – and that’s exactly what it’s done.  It’s given the rich a massive amount and they’ve “trickled-down” an absurdly small amount back to the rest of us.

So, while Pope Francis still has a long way to go if he hopes to restore the credibility of the Catholic church (if that’s even possible), I’m highly encouraged by what I’ve seen so far.  Let’s hope he continues to point out hypocrisies and urge people to actually follow and understand the book they claim to live by.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.