Taxation or Totalitarianism

First came the New Deal, then the Great Society, and now comes President Obama's special brand of interventionalist tactics with redistributive aims. When it suits him, the president wants the power to take from some and give to others. But how do you keep the public from correctly identifying this as stealing? You do as his predecessors did: You call it charity.  Thomas Jefferson wrote,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.Adding to that, James Madison said succinctly, "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."Today, the idea that it is wrong for the government to take in taxes and spend in "charity" would be considered...(Read Full Article)

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