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Larry Kudlow Wonders If Pope Francis Understands Freedom (TEXT and VIDEO)

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CNBC host Larry Kudlow isn't confident that Pope Francis understand freedom. During a segment last week, the advocate of laissez-faire capitalism questioned some of the Pope's comments on the economy.

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Thomas P (280)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 3:19 pm
Thanks Carrie. I have infinitely more faith in Pope Francisco, be it matters of faith or economics, than I do Larry Kudlow and his conservative ilk, particularly since their equating the poor/lower middle class with laziness only speaks to their latent bigotry, racism, and elitism, particularly with respect to economic matters. But I'm glad he drew a distinction between Pope John Paul II and Pope Francisco and the fact that the current Pope is more of a socialist thinker and much more Progressive than Pope John Paul II (or any other Pope, at least in my lifetime, for that matter). I find those to be strengths and very refreshing traits of the new Pope and very much in tune with the Tenets of Catholicism. If Kudlow is really Roman Catholic, he represents the old wing thinking of the religion. Those of us who are hopeful for this Pope and who applaud his efforts so far are putting our hopes in the new wing (The Progressive Wing, which encompasses the majority of the laity). Moreover, history has shown that laissez-faire capitalism has never been sustainable, in large part because the theory that "rising tides lift all boats" is, in the end, NOT a sustainable function of laissez-faire is a function of a socialism/capitalism hybrid economic system, and only works if the tide first lifts those at the bottom (the low end of the water). "The largest tax increase in history," which occurred during the Clinton administration and was so named for the way marginal income tax rates were raised on the wealthy as part of Clinton economic policy, proved just that. Kudlow's economic theory believes in just the opposite (tax cuts for the wealthy/trickle down economics). Unfortunately for him and his theory, there is no basis in fact or history to support it. I think Pope Francisco's comments regarding capitalism have been spot on, and history supports it. Bless him for having the courage to speak the truth.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 4:58 pm
Does it matter? Religion isn't about's about control.

Carrie B (306)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
Yes Doris, it does matter. Perhaps you did not read the article.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 5:10 pm
I don't care about any pope. Thanks.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 6:12 pm
Though not a Catholic, I hope that this new Pope follows up with what he says - actions will speak for him better than empty promises like his predecessors. Noted with thanks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 7:14 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.
Although I have also long ago given up on the Catholic church & all other religions, I agree with Thomas' (above) comment. Kudlow's comments left him looking very mean, cruel & disingenuous. I hope maybe this will help open the eyes of some 1%-ers, causing them to ponder their riches. Of course, most will just "pooh-pooh" his comments because they are totally self-involved, sociopathic & plain greedy.

Carrie B (306)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 8:32 pm
It makes me sad that so many who are anti - religion, and or are anti -Catholic are willing to dismiss this. It shows a lack of tolerance, acceptance, and more importantly, lack of willingness to LEARN. So sad.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday August 12, 2013, 4:30 am
Thanks for this post, Carrie.You are right, what the pope says does matter. He has a great deal of influence and power. Good to see him put his shoulder to the right wheel (or should that be "left"?).
Both unbridled capitalism and unbridled socialism are dead end streets. What we need is a way of keeping psychopaths from power. At least they can start off OK. After all, power corrupts. There was an article recently showing an experiment in which an unfair advantage in the game "Monopoly" corrupted the players who then, despite knowing that they had an unfair advantage, soon talked of their success being due to their intrinsic merit.

Beth M (46)
Monday August 12, 2013, 4:35 am
..please forgive me for being intolerant about your intolerance.....hmm..I think it says in the bible..not to be of this world..even tho we are in it....I read the words * market friendly approach* and wondered how one could possibly put Almighty God into that sentence....They've turned it into a buisness?..a venture?....This is about your soul...and eternity...and redemption..its about a personal relationship with the Almighty...and your personal cross and how to die without surrender and then continue living.........this isnt about a market friendly approach...You cant mold God to fit the cant bend the language...and talk only of half sins....while closeting kiddie fiddlers.....x

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday August 12, 2013, 1:15 pm
Perhaps it's Larry Kudlow who doesn't understand freedom.

Thomas P, I didn't look up your date of birth. I had the good fortune to live during John XX!!!'a papacy. Francis is not there yet, but he is closer than any Pope since John.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday August 12, 2013, 1:45 pm
Agree with Pope Francis, unbridled capitalism does exploit the vulnerable in the society, and rising tide does not lift all boats, as LK seem to think, it sinks quite a few. These days I fail to see any unbridled socialist country in the world, even China and Russia has turned to capitalism. The only exception probably is N Korea, even there there are rumblings!

Thomas B (1)
Monday August 12, 2013, 1:59 pm
The purest example of central planning communism IS the Catholic Church!

edward jagusiak (25)
Monday August 12, 2013, 2:48 pm
Kudlow is still spewing that trickle down crap.

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday August 12, 2013, 4:55 pm
His analogy of all in the boat rising with the tide is so right, but it disregards all those who are not in the boat, it reminds me, as a W W 2 Merchant Seaman of one of our often used remark..."Up you Jack I'm inboard." which just about sums up the free market system.

Jason S (50)
Monday August 12, 2013, 7:27 pm
Capitalism depends unlimited resources but there only limited resources for 7 billion+ people on earth and growing. There point where the game comes to an end. The prices of things are going up very fast and will keep up as more people use more. Good posting, thanks

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday August 12, 2013, 8:35 pm
One might ask, if Larry Kudlow understands anything, besides MAKING MONEY!
I never realized that he was an expert on the subject of 'freedom'.
One might also, ask, where he gets the b@lls to think that he knows more than the Pope, although I don't always agree with the Pope, myself. But, then again, I'm not speaking on TV.

Actually, it's quite refreshing to hear Pope Francis show compassion for the poor.
Heaven sakes, that's what Christ did. Imagine that.

reft h (66)
Monday August 12, 2013, 10:14 pm
I think my boat crashed in the last storm....

Dan Brook (1193)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 6:01 pm
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