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.