Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Great quote from Walter Williams

"Many Americans want money they don't personally own to be used for what they see as good causes such as handouts to farmers, poor people, college students, senior citizens and businesses. If they privately took someone's earnings to give to a farmer, college student or senior citizen, they would be hunted down as thieves and carted off to jail. However, they get Congress to do the identical thing, through its taxing power, and they are seen as compassionate and caring. In other words, people love government because government, while having neither moral nor constitutional authority, has the legal and physical might to take the property of one American and give it to another. The unanticipated problem with this agenda is that as Congress uses its might to take what belongs to one American to give to another, what President Obama calls 'spreading the wealth around,' more and more Americans will want to participate in the looting. It will ultimately produce something none of us wants: absolute control over our lives." --George Mason University economist Walter E. Williams

I am all for wealth redistribution, but only voluntary wealth redistribution. People say that Jesus would be for wealth redistribution, and they're right, but in Matthew 19 when the young rich man comes and asks Christ what he should do, Christ says, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." The young man leaves, doesn't do what the Lord asked of him. However, Christ DID NOT SEND PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN TO FORCEFULLY TAKE AWAY HIS RICHES. Try not contributing to the government's redistribution (taxes) and see how fast you get thrown in jail.

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