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Greg Gianforte: Retirement Isn’t Biblical Because Noah Didn’t Retire

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Not satisfied with funding a creationist museum that argues humans and dinosaurs wandered the earth together and bankrolling anti-gay, anti-human organizations like the Montana Family Foundation, Republican all-but-declared candidate for governor Greg Gianforte also believes that collecting Social Security violates biblical principles. From the Huffington Post:

“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today,” he said. “Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.” “The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

Perhaps Mr. Gianforte should do some research about Social Security, a worker-funded, fiscally responsible system for ensuring that the elderly in this country do not face unbearable hardship and poverty. Given that people with Gianforte’s income don’t pay their fair share into the system, it makes sense that he may not understand it, but a candidate for public office should probably understand an incredibly popular program that ensures a basic standard of living for thousands of Montanans.

Mr. Gianforte might also want to do some reading from the Bible as well. He might be surprised that there are more verses than those condemning homosexuality and demanding that women submit to men. For instance, Genesis 2:2 notes that even God took some time off: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

I’m certain that my grandfathers, who worked until the end of their lives, weren’t just sitting around “cashing Social Security checks,” even though that money was theirs, earned by them through a lifetime of struggle. I’m certain that no one who takes a well-deserved rest at the end of a life of work is doing anything in violation of biblical principles. I’m most certain that Montanans will not elect this outsourcing, carpetbagging loon to any office, much less the Governor’s chair.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • OOPsie! Seems to me that SOME one just stepped in a giant pile of DINSAUR shit! But hey, Giantefart is an world class anussoreass, so allow me to proffer up a suggestion for his campaign slogan. The ReePubes are always clamoring about how they’re gonna “move Montana forward”. Well, how ’bout THIS as a slogan for Mr. Giantefart?
    “Moving Montana forward…….to DINOSAUR SHIT!
    Like it? ME TOO!
    What a freakin’ buffoon! Hell, even Pope Frank would call this bugnutz a moron! Giantefart is an infallibly a freakin’ IDIOT!

    • JEEbus! Best post I’ve seen so far regarding Giantefart’s nonsense is that the Pubbie retirement plan calls for raising the retirement age to 570! Too funny! Wish I’d thought of that!
      Giantefart, what a giant ASSHOOLE! And his old lady is in charge of the mt. family sumthin’ or other? Really, just really?
      Inbreds. Why do they all move to Montana?!
      Somewhere, a village is missing an inbred!

  • Since humans in the current era don’t live to be 600 years old (WTF! anyway) we have to deal with the economy as it is today. The productive lifespan vs the economic activity of an active family etc and so on means that “retirement” is actually a necessary part of a lifespan to allow the active reproductive age to flourish (ages 0-50). Humans outlive their useful breeding life by 3-5 decades now, using up resources that in any other species are reserved for reproduction of that species. So the idea of retirement is actually a nod towards getting out of the way and letting more of those precious resources be put to use by the younger generation which “needs” them. Retirees are supposed to get out of the jobs and move into smaller houses so that families can have both the jobs and the larger houses, etc.

    Speaking from a strictly biological perspective…….so Mr. Gianforte should really retire as well and stop foisting all his stupid crap on us as well. Jes’ sayin’. Ha Ha!

  • (Numbers 8:23-26) 23 The Lord said to Moses, 24 “This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the tent of meeting, 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. 26 They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the tent of meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.”

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