I freely admit that I am not a Constitutional Scholar.
I freely admit that I am not the smartest man that has ever lived…just ask my kids!
So maybe the combination of those factors is why I just don’t understand the upside to income redistribution. How does it make sense for the government to say to me that I SHALL give a portion of my income, which I earned to somebody else?
I am not against serving others and giving to others, that is not what I mean.
What I am against is the government taking a portion of my blood, sweat and tears and giving it to somebody that I have no idea who they are, what their needs are, if they have ever worked a day in the life or are willing to do whatever it takes to take care of themselves.
It should be my decision where my money goes and who my money goes to help. I earned it, not the government.
Don’t they already take enough of my money for all the entitlement programs? Oh wait, that is part of the redistribution of my wealth isn’t it?
I know that it is not “popular” to quote the Constitution or the Founding Fathers these days, especially since the Constitution is just “a charter of negative liberties” but I’m going to do it anyway. Here is what the people who created this country felt about redistribution of wealth:
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison
“[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” — Benjamin Franklin
I am sure that if Ben Franklin uttered those words today, he would be labeled a Racist Bigot and drummed out of the country!
Until Next Time…