At FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 2, we are having a furious debate. The fact people are discussing instead of fighting important issues is a good thing, but I do find the attitude that some people have towards other people’s money and other people’s lives disappointing. We debate issues that were once settled.
What are the topics of our debate? Abortion and taxes. Since the issue of abortion has been rather thoroughly discussed in other forums, I will let that topic rest in the threads at FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 2.
Do I care about ending of evil of abortion? Yes, but I cannot debate everything at the same time. Only Socialist Democrats can do that — sort of.
The Comforting Drone Of The Hive
In FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 3, I quoted a passage from Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. De Tocqueville worried that in our drive for equality we would lose our liberty. What inspired that concern? I suspect what he knew about the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that followed it gave rise to his concern.
If we are to have Liberty, then it is almost essential that we have Equality before the Law. However, some people insist upon a different kind of equality. They want economic equality, and in their ideal world, they want us all to think, look, and behave the same way. In their dream world, men behave like happily buzzing little bees.
Are bees happy? I have never been able to ask one. I am happy they exist. Nonetheless, I don’t want to be like a bee. I don’t want to be forced to think, look, and behave just like everyone else, but that is what government-forced economic equality requires.
Consider this excerpt from one Eric’s comments.
You have no absolute right to property. Period. The government can take your property as allowed for in the Constitution. If you had a God-given right to it, they could not take it. End of story. Same for your supposed God-given right to life. Your government can take your life anytime they so choose and again it is perfectly allowable under the Constitution. Just ask any number of the boys who were drafted and died in the US, Europe, Korea, and Vietnam. The government has denied MILLIONS their so-called “right” to life. (from here)
What was Eric defending? He defended President Barack Obama’s reelection and Obama’s programs to redistribute the wealth. Eric wants the “rich” to pay their “fair share” — whatever that might be.
Yet never fear, we have an expert on what the rich’s fair share might be. What expert? Paul Krugman, of course.
Consider the question of tax rates on the wealthy. The modern American right, and much of the alleged center, is obsessed with the notion that low tax rates at the top are essential to growth. Remember that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, charged with producing a plan to curb deficits, nonetheless somehow ended up listing “lower tax rates” as a “guiding principle.”
Yet in the 1950s incomes in the top bracket faced a marginal tax rate of 91, that’s right, 91 percent, while taxes on corporate profits were twice as large, relative to national income, as in recent years. The best estimates suggest that circa 1960 the top 0.01 percent of Americans paid an effective federal tax rate of more than 70 percent, twice what they pay today. (from here)
Why would an economist suggest a stupid idea? Is Krugman an enemy of the rich? No. Then why would he advocate making the rich pay their fair share? Is it possible that Krugman is not an honest man? Is he only saying what he believes those in power want to hear?
What is making the rich pay their fair share all about? It is about a sin, that one mentioned in the Tenth Commandment.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (from here)
When a man appeals to one of our base desires — such as envy — he does not have our best interest in mind. He wants something for himself. Thus, when a demagogue campaigns to tax the “rich,” what he after is power, and any power he can use abuse the rich, he can use against anyone.
So What Does The Tenth Commandment Have To Do With Bees?
What does the Tenth Commandment have to do with bees? If envy — and jealous hatred — is what drives the quest for economic equality, then what becomes the state of men in a society that prides itself on its equality? What happens is what De Tocqueville warned us against. Because we fear the power of the majority’s envy, we force each other to become just another dull droning worker bee — to think, to look, and to act just like every other worker bee. After all, in a hive there is generally only one queen allowed at a time.
So When Is It Right To Make A Citizen Pay Taxes?
We need government to protect ourselves from each other. That is, we need government to protect our rights to life, liberty, and property
protect. To pay for government to protect our rights, we tax each other.
Economic equality is not a right; it is just an excuse to covet what rightfully belongs to someone else.
Did Jesus Support Government-Run Charity?
No. Because our salvation is a personal matter, charity is a personal choice.