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Give, Donít Govern (Stossel)
The Daily Signal ^ | December 29, 2019 | John Stossel

Posted on 01/01/2020 5:57:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This week, children may learn about that greedy man, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is selfish until ghosts scare him into thinking about others’ well-being, not just his own.

Good for the ghosts.

But the way Scrooge addresses others’ needs matters.

Today’s advocates of equality, compassion, increased spending on education, health care, etc., say “we care” but demand that government do the work.

Controlling other people with the power of government doesn’t prove you care.

If you want to help the poor, clean the environment, improve the arts. Great! Please do.

But if you are compassionate, then you’ll spend your own money on your vision. You will volunteer your work and encourage others to volunteer theirs, by charity or commerce. You don’t force others to do what you think is best.

But government is not voluntary.

Government has no money of its own. Whatever it gives away, it first must take from others through taxes.

If you vote for redistribution of wealth, welfare benefits, new Medicare spending, or free education, you can tell yourself you’re “generous.”

But you’re not. You’re just forcing others to pay for programs you think might help.

That’s not generosity. That’s control. The more programs you demand, the more controlling you are.

In fact, you are worse than greedy old Ebenezer Scrooge.

With Scrooge, people have a choice. They can work for Scrooge or quit. They can do business with someone else.

Governments don’t offer us choice. Governments say: “Comply or we will lock you up. Pay taxes and we will decide whom to help. No one may escape the master plan.”

Why, then, do people react to big government ideas as if they’re generous instead of scary?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; bloggers; charity; doinggood; donating; employment; extortion; government; nannystate; poverty; redistribution; scrooge; socialism; taxes; theft; tyranny; volunteering

1 posted on 01/01/2020 5:57:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

if you are compassionate, then you’ll spend your own money on your vision.

Exactly!


2 posted on 01/01/2020 6:08:45 PM PST by rfreedom4u (The root word of vigilante is vigilant!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Read The Law by Frederick Bastiat.

Learn the meaning of "legal plunder".

Then vote conservative.

3 posted on 01/01/2020 6:34:05 PM PST by lightman (The Millenials are asleep in their "wokeness".)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Outstanding article, and so true.


4 posted on 01/01/2020 6:39:17 PM PST by neverevergiveup
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s not charity if it is at the point of a gun.


5 posted on 01/01/2020 7:32:39 PM PST by dynachrome (Build the wall, deport them all. And send her back!)
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To: neverevergiveup

agree-great article-GOP should adopt line-Big hearts not big govt and suggest making charitable deductions 100% deductible


6 posted on 01/01/2020 7:36:15 PM PST by TECTopcat (TopCat)
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To: TECTopcat

Excellent idea. I think you should send this suggestion to someone in the GOP or administration who could pass this up the the ladder.


7 posted on 01/01/2020 7:48:08 PM PST by neverevergiveup
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just imagine a world where Soros, Steyer, Bloomberg and the rest gave their excess cash to charities instead of political candidates.


8 posted on 01/01/2020 7:54:12 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite its unfashionability)
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