As BHO and his far-left comrades in arms continue to beat the drums of class warfare, they leap from one outrageous argument to another. The latest is that “government taxation is Christian.” Really? Does the bible actually say that government has the right to take money from individuals by force and hand it to others? Hmm … I must have missed that.
Other than Obama’s newest spiritual advisor, true-believing communist Reverend Jim Wallis (who replaced Obama’s previous spiritual advisor of twenty years, that paragon of patriotism, Jeremiah Wright), you don’t hear a whole lot of people seriously trying to make such a claim. Something about a giggle test, I think.
On its face, it is, of course, absurd. But one must be careful how one argues against it. For example, Mike Huckabee’s recently expressed view is that if people would just tithe more, government wouldn’t need to tax. Given that it was the Huckster who said it, I wasn’t shocked, but I still feel obliged to address such an idiotic statement, given that it was made on national TV.
Does Huckabee or anyone else truly believe that if people would tithe more, the government would stop taxing them? Please, get real. Government is a leviathan beast with an insatiable appetite for cash. How much you give to charity is not just irrelevant to government, its avaricious appetite is so great that it now wants to take things one step further and eliminate charitable deductions to make sure you give less to charity.
The notion that government theft and Christianity go hand in hand is an insult to the intelligence of every citizen, particularly Christian citizens. The government does, indeed, redistribute some wealth to those “in need,” but even then it is acting unconstitutionally.
That, however, is not the worst part of the problem. A large percentage of the booty it collects (it’s impossible to know exactly what percentage that is) ends up in the hands of outfits such as ACORN (and now its spin-offs), NPR, and Solyndra, foreign dictators, and, above all, government workers and bureaucrats who, for the most part, perform services for which there is no demand in the free market.
Of course, to pump up support for their agenda, politicians have to lie to the public by saying things like “millionaires pay taxes at a lower rate than the middle class and the poor.” To borrow from the creator of Romneycare, nice try. Sorry, but there’s nothing to debate on that point, because it is a readily accessible fact that people in higher income brackets actually pay a higher tax rate than those at the low end of the income spectrum.
In an article in Psychology Today, Dr. Peter Corning says that the only reason the wealthy pay a disproportionate share of the income taxes (38 percent of the total, roughly twice what they paid just thirty years ago) is because the incomes at the top of the scale have more than doubled, while the median income of the bottom half has significantly declined.
But that’s the whole point. “The rich” now make a lot more and they now pay a lot more in taxes! Am I missing something?
More important, however, is that Corning’s point is based on a false premise — one that a majority of Americans have blindly accepted — that it’s somehow wrong or bad or immoral for some people to earn much more income or accumulate much greater wealth than others. This false premise is what gives tax-addicted politicians the confidence to call for evermore more taxes on “the rich.”
They have succeeded in getting the public to buy into the false premise that government not only is efficient in spending your money, but, more important, that it has the moral authority to take it from you in the first place. It most definitely does not.
As the seventeen-year-old California kid, Tyler Hinsley, put it at one of the Republican debates, “How much [of every dollar I earn] do you think I deserve to keep?” Rich or poor, the money belongs to the person who earns it, not the government!
In more than two hundred years, I don’t know of anyone who has summed America’s number-one problem more succinctly than Thomas Paine when he said, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
That’s right, America’s biggest problem is not that too many people make too much money or pay too little in taxes, but, rather, that government has become intolerable to those who desire to be free. Is there a candidate, or potential candidate, out there who is willing to state this loud and clear? Please be sure to let me know if you find one.
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