Immoral Beyond Redemption

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Don’t get me wrong. I personally believe that assisting one’s fellow man in need by reaching into one’s own pockets is praiseworthy and laudable. Doing the same by reaching into another’s pockets is despicable, dishonest and worthy of condemnation. Some people call governmental handouts charity, but charity and legalized theft are entirely two different things. But as far as charity is concerned, James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” To my knowledge, the Constitution has not been amended to include charity as a legislative duty of Congress.

Our current economic crisis, as well as that of Europe, is a direct result of immoral conduct. Roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of our federal budget can be described as Congress’ taking the property of one American and giving it to another. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for nearly half of federal spending. Then there are corporate welfare and farm subsidies and thousands of other spending programs, such as food stamps, welfare and education. According to a 2009 Census Bureau report, nearly 139 million Americans — 46 percent — receive handouts from one or more federal programs, and nearly 50 percent have no federal income tax obligations.

In the face of our looming financial calamity, what are we debating about? It’s not about the reduction or elimination of the immoral conduct that’s delivered us to where we are. It’s about how we pay for it — namely, taxing the rich, not realizing that even if Congress imposed a 100 percent tax on earnings higher than $250,000 per year, it would keep the government running for only 141 days.

Ayn Rand, in her novel “Atlas Shrugged,” reminded us that “when you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good.”

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  • Gene W 1938

    Liberals, Communists and most politicians are eager to take our money to attain support from the recipients but they seldom give their own money for the same cause.

  • zoebrain

    Scenario – gunman in Kindergarten. Has shot 3 children. You take his gun, one he legally owns, and give it to a teacher saying "cover him" while you try to resuscitate one of the victims who will die without your help.

    Scenario – warfare. I'm sure you can think of many cases where captured enemy weapons were taken and distributed to friendly forces.

    There is nothing sacred about "private property". By sacred I mean "sacrosanct, untouchable under all possible circumstances". In most cases though, respect is required, not just useful, but necessary.

    • Guest

      Sorry, but captured enemy weapons aren't private property.

  • wctaqiyya

    This article poses a false question. Everyone knows and the IRS tells us that since the taxpayer computes his own taxes, it's payment is voluntary. Therefore, there is no taking, it's a donation. So there.

    • Spider

      Oh really – Try not paying any taxes for a few years and watch how fast you are staring down a 40 caliber and dragged off to sit in a taxpayer funded 6 X 9 cage.

      • wctaqiyya

        Yes really, it is voluntary. Just because not paying taxes might get you arrested and imprisoned doesn't really change that fact. Because you have a choice, it is voluntary. Technically. People always have choices to make. Pay or prison is just one of them. Choices. When you make a decision, you make it.

        IMO, the author of the article above should have asked if it is morally right to comply with a wrongful government order or request to pay. Because that is the heart of the matter. Just as the taker commits a wrongful act, the decision to submit to that wrongful act is also wrong. If it is wrong to take, it must also be wrong to cooperate in that taking. Do you see?

        The fact that 300 million people submit to immoral takings doesn't make it less wrong. It may even make it worse, since the government can do much more harm with all that money. And it does.

        • mrbean

          I sure you and Weslety Snipes will agree. Bythe way he is in the federal penitentuary for income tax evasion because he forgot to errr…aahhhh….hhmmmm…volunteer!

          • wctaqiyya

            Well, if you understand it, why don't everyone else? Heck, it ain't complicated.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Apparently the storiesof the good Samaritan and the widow's mite have not yet reached the United States. I had always thought of the U.S as a Christian country. It would appear I am wrong. If you move any further to the right, you are going to fall off the edge of the world. I would image you all make Jesus's dad very unhappy.

    • wctaqiyya

      Apparently you missed the point of the article. Also, the author does not write on behalf of an entire nation. How else can I help you?

    • mrbean

      Is that Joesph or some guy that posed as an angel heh heh heh….

  • Ronald Johnston

    The liberal leftist yellow-bellies are simply criminals!!! Would you ask any of them to look out for any of your property? That is what they are doing with this evil government. They are looking out for our property!!! How is it working out???