One of the many advancements in Salvation Time is the establishment of the Citizens Lottery System, designed to reward good behavior and to get money circulating locally for the benefit of all. During the End Days elites had used money to wield control over everyday people which is why in Step One, one of Mr. Bauer’s students enlightens the class about the sordid history of money. From the Roman Empire and the assassination of three good Roman Emperors, to the Goldsmiths of the Middle Ages and the creation of fractional reserve banking, to the Bank of England and the American Revolution, to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, this student and Mr. Bauer engage in an interactive dialogue designed to be both entertaining and informative.
This particular student is a descendant of a real-life villain who helped perpetuate a stranglehold on the money supply during his lifetime. And because the history of money is intricately intertwined with world history over a span of centuries, his exam answer is the longest. In terms of the writing process, this posed a bit of a challenge in maintaining the balance of humor, knowledge, narrative and dialogue. I’m sure readers will let me know how well I accomplished the task!
Anyway, in Salvation Time money traders no longer have control over the world’s money supply for a variety of reasons including the transformation of lawyers and politicians from arrogant elites into modest pencil-pushers who no longer enjoy the immense trappings of power of the End Days. And in the aftermath of Israel’s isolation from the world, Prime Minister Eyal Grad leads his country through countless domestic improvements including the establishment of the Citizens Lottery System. In Step Two his soul has a chance to explain the success of the system to the Salvation Twelve, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed:
“First, I want to let everyone know that the Citizens Lottery System has exceeded our expectations by producing 30 millionaires per week in a country of about six million people. As per its intended purpose, money is constantly circulating in every local community in Israel, to the benefit of reputable small business owners and individual citizens who demonstrate the positive characteristics you’ve already mentioned—things like integrity, honesty and a good work ethic. I want to stress also that this Citizens Lottery System—CLS—is separate and independent from the traditional, existing lottery system with which most of us are very familiar. It hasn’t taken the place of the old lottery system, it’s just offered as another completely voluntary option for anyone who wishes to participate. But unlike the existing lotto, the CLS has some very strict guidelines in place—rules that every interested citizen must fulfill and obey as a condition of eligibility.”
Grad then informs his audience about the CLS requirements:
“Let’s say you’re an Israeli citizen and you want to participate in the CLS. You first must call a designated phone number to the CLS office in Jerusalem to apply for approval. You will give them your name, your social security number and address so that they can initiate and complete the mandatory background check. The reason you must submit to a background check is because the CLS requires that each participating citizen prove that they are a person of strong moral character. Of course we understand that as human beings we all commit sins but as long as there is no record of criminality or violence in your application for a minimum of five consecutive years, you are free to join in the Citizens Lottery System. However, a minimum of five years crime-free is absolutely mandatory, with no exceptions.
“So as a hypothetical, let’s say you were convicted of stealing four years ago and have since made restitution to your victims in a fair punishment. You just have to wait one more year before you’ll be eligible to participate in the CLS—provided of course you refrain from committing any other crimes. Meanwhile, you can still buy lottery tickets in the traditional lottery system, which still exists and produces winners, though not nearly as many as the CLS. That’s because the whole purpose of the CLS is to reward good behavior.
“How does it work?
“Well once you’re approved and eligible you can purchase CLS tickets at just about every convenience store, supermarket and shopping mall throughout Israel. However, you may only purchase one ticket per week, valued at $50. If you decide to be clever and ‘outsmart’ the system by purchasing $150 worth of tickets…well, the government will be more than happy to accept the extra $100 as a gift because you will only be issued one $50 ticket for that week. You get one shot per week: no more, no less. Once purchased, you run your card through the scanner while the clerk punches numbers at random. Whatever comes up comes up in this fully computerized system, which assigns you six numbers. If at the time of the drawing no one wins, we then randomly select five numbers to see if that produces winners. If no winners come out of that, we drill down to four numbers, repeating the process as many times as it takes until one-hundred thousand people win. Because the CLS is executed from an electronic database we know who these one-thousand winners are. We then continue to randomly draw numbers until we extract 30 final winners.
“Congratulations, you’ve won the Citizens Lottery! What’s next?
“Well you don’t receive your money in a lump sum, but instead in the form of a debit card with a credit line in the amount of your winnings. You also receive a rule book, along with special log-in credentials to the CLS website where the rules and regulations of the lottery system are also accessible, along with lists of approved local vendors. These vendors include home-builders, plumbers, electricians, painters, manufacturers and landscapers as well as private schools, doctors and other services. If you don’t already own a home you must buy one with your CLS money. For the duration of your life, this home will be yours but upon your death it’s returned to the CLS.
“The whole purpose of requiring local patronage of small business owners and service providers is to get this money circulating immediately back into the community. It’s designed to create wealth for people in their local areas. And with money, people can relax as life becomes easier. They can send their kids to private school, buy the home of their dreams, pay for their expenses and enjoy their lives.”
For a full rundown of the CLS, look for announcements soon about the upcoming release of Steps To Salvation. Still, I’d love to hear from you now. What are your thoughts about what I’ve posted? Do you like the idea of creating a special lottery designed to circulate money locally and reward good behavior? Do you have any questions about it? Please contact me here. And visit my Resources page for a complete listing of recommended reading and viewing.