Skip to comments.Give, Donít Govern (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.
Todays 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 doesnt 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 youll spend your own money on your vision. You will volunteer your work and encourage others to volunteer theirs, by charity or commerce. You dont 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 youre generous.
But youre not. Youre just forcing others to pay for programs you think might help.
Thats not generosity. Thats 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 dont 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 theyre generous instead of scary?
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if you are compassionate, then youll spend your own money on your vision.
Learn the meaning of "legal plunder".
Then vote conservative.
Outstanding article, and so true.
It’s not charity if it is at the point of a gun.
agree-great article-GOP should adopt line-Big hearts not big govt and suggest making charitable deductions 100% deductible
Excellent idea. I think you should send this suggestion to someone in the GOP or administration who could pass this up the the ladder.
Just imagine a world where Soros, Steyer, Bloomberg and the rest gave their excess cash to charities instead of political candidates.
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