Tricia has written a great post! Still, I think we need to think a about a couple of things.
1. The wolf would have eaten the dog.
2. This excerpt from Tricia’s post.
Well that about sum things up, doesn’t it? Of course real life is not so black and white, as many people fall somewhere in the middle of these two points. I myself am on Team Less Government, but I do believe in some sort of a safety net to help those in need. It’s when the net becomes a hammock however that things get problematic and we’ve been at that tipping point for some time now. President Biden’s latest stimulus package punts us right over the edge.
There was a time I would have written something similar. Now I wonder at my foolishness. What is the problem? There are two problems.
1. The Federal Government has no charter to redistribute the wealth from the rich to the poor. They don’t do it anyway. The politicians give the rich loopholes.
2. Various idioms illustrate this second problem. There is that story about letting the camel’s nose under the tent. Once the camel’s nose is in the tent, how do we stop the rest of the camel from coming in and under the tent? Then that more American adage, “give them an inch, and they take a mile.”
The point is that the power that comes from distributing “free” government money is extremely enticing. Because we have let our leaders have this power, we risk seeing them wreck our economy.
Charity is not a legitimate government function. There is no moral justification for taking money from one person and giving it to another. Even when government serves as an intermediary, it is still stealing.
Look at the Declaration of Independence. We need a government to protect our rights. Without a government, no one is safe. Unfortunately, people always want government to do more. Then government becomes a threat to our rights.
“The wolf is starving, thin as a rail, when he meets a well-fed, strong dog. When the dog learns the wolf is barely surviving, he invites him to come and live with him on the farm. “You’ll get plenty of food and treats of all kinds,” the dog says. “And all you have to do is bark at strangers and make a fuss over the farm’s owners and children. It’s an easy life.”
The wolf is salivating at this prospect when he notices the dog’s collar. “What’s that around your neck?”
“Oh, that,” the dog replies. “It’s nothing. It’s just used when they chain me up.”
“You have to wear a chain? You aren’t free to do what you want or go where you please?”
“Not all the time,” the dog says. “But who cares?”
“Thank you very much,” the wolf says, “but I’ll keep my freedom!”
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