The Book of GOP.
Alabama representative Mo Brooks, who, arguing that poorer people should pay more for health care, recently said, “Those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy.” It’s not quite a direct quote from Proverbs, but it’s not too far from these: “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry” (Prov 10:3) and “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov 10:4). In short: Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.
Well. There ya go. We should kill off Medicaid, food stamps, CHIP, free school lunches, farm subsidies ... let all those godless moochers get real jobs and figure out the path to righeousness, and they'll be OK. The Bible says so.
Well, not the farm subsidies. Just kidding. Some people deserve freebies. Especially if they are Republicans.
Trump likes the idea of Proverbs, even if he doesn’t know much about the text itself. Back in September 2015, Trump claimed, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, that among the biblical verses he most appreciated was “Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy.’ I’ve had that thing all my life, where people are bending to envy.” This would have been a more effective citation if there were such a line anywhere in the book of Proverbs.
Perhaps these people would do better if they focused on the New Testament, especially the Gospels, rather than on the Old.