Lutheran World Federation delegates meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, from July 20 to 27 found themselves lectured by German finance minister Dr. Wolfgang Schauble.

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Lutheran World Federation delegates meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, from July 20 to 27 found themselves lectured by German finance minister Dr. Wolfgang Schauble. "There is a 'too little', but there is also a 'too much,'" he told the assembled Lutherans. The economic system of wealthy countries is faulty on two counts. "It deprives too many people of their basic needs [and] it also fosters an attitude of unlimited and unrestrained desire, which continues in the face of wealth and abundance."

Uh-huh. "Western countries do well," reported the LWF press release reporting his remarks, "when they focus on abolishing hunger worldwide, but they should equally commit themselves to limiting their economic growth." Limit Western economic growth? But wouldn't that have a dampening effect on eliminating hunger? No matter; this is prophetic economics, so plausibility, not to mention accuracy, hardly counts. Schauble did go on: "We should be able to accept that falling behind emerging nations like China or India or Brazil in our growth rate does not mean we are failing. It means that we already have achieved substantial wealth for large parts of the population."

This is what happens when guilt-ridden finance ministers attempt to eliminate Economics 101. The outright starvation left in the developing world is typically related to war or bad government. Yes, there are...

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