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HARON: Are Biden Bucks Ethical For Business Owners?

Recently I was contemplating business ventures regarding the current economic situation of the United States and its current leaders. As we all know, Democrats are pushing to conform the nation to their vision of what a “green country” is, however misguided that may be. Regardless of beliefs of whether this “green revolution” is actually beneficial for the planet or not, one must wonder if we, the people, would even benefit from this colloidal shift in our society. 

Last year, the Biden administration allocated 480$ billion dollars to develop renewable energy ventures and businesses. However, when it comes to starting a business on government funds meant for renewable energy (say environmental business grants) I had to pause and think: “Is this ethical, or just in any way?” 

We know this money —meant to stimulate green business— is coming from taxpayers’ wallets who are already struggling under the current administration to make ends meet thanks to out of control inflation, rising housing costs and ridiculous fuel prices. 

This thinking —pushing an environmental agenda that is funded by people are unable to pay bills— is simply fueled by greed, and therefore cannot be thought of as ethical in any way, shape, or form. 

Note Proverbs 11:1

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

Also in Proverbs 13:11

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Now to those who believe the Bible is simply a bunch of hooey, we find Confucius had similar thinking:

Wealth and rank are what men desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. Poverty and obscurity are what men detest; but unless prosperity be brought about in the right way, they are not to be abandoned.

So, where do we draw the line? This can seem difficult but it’s quite simple. If your business motivations are to simply make money, even when it comes at the expense of others, it is greed that motivates the foundation of that business. Greed is the only explanation behind a business that would accept money with an agenda attached to it that is costing people hand-over-fist.

Now, this is not to say there is no time to start a business dealing in renewable energy. It could be the perfect time to supply third world countries with renewable energy sources. That is, if the supply of energy comes at a better cost to those you are supplying while not going bankrupt. A bankrupt business can do no good, and opens the door for self-prioritizing greed.

So is it right to start a business with Biden bucks? The choice is up to you.

Matt Haron is married to Maggie Haron and father of their one child, Jack.

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