the Declaraton of Independance, Pursuit of Happiness and Roman Catholic Teaching on Economics
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Both VP Joe Biden and Challenger Paul Ryan are Roman Catholics: how devout remains to be seen,
Everyone who has grown up and gone to school in the USA has, at one time or another, memorized these words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Pursuit of Happiness: According to the Supreme Court, the pursuit of happiness is defined as: "...one of the "unalienable rights" of people enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, along with "life" and "liberty." "The right to pursue any lawful business or vocation, in any manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others, which may increase their prosperity or develop their faculties, so as to give them their highest enjoyment." Butchers' Co. v. Crescent City Co., 111 U.S. 746, 757, (1884.)"
i.e.; to increase their prosperity by participating in the economy in a manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the economy exists for the person, not the person for the economy.
Thus, economic justice for all is intrinsically intertwined with our declaration of independence
Pease read this Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops "A Catholic Framework for Economic Life" from November 1996. .
Debate questions and strategires for Ryan should probably be based on these and he asked how his budget and policies jive with his Roman Catholic beliefs
The Book of Sirach, Chapter 34, verses 25-27, “The bread of charity is life itself for the needy; whoever withholds it is a murderer. To take away a neighbor’s living is to commit murder; to deny a laborer wages is to shed blood.”