Letter: A foolish suggestion
In his April 11 letter, "Proposal for restructuring [Gloucester] County taxes," Mr. Michael Lane of Wicomico drifts into that area of citizen malfeasance that has invaded many of those who live among us. He proposes that Gloucester County manipulate the taxes it charges from which it budgets agreed services to the residents. He wants the affluent to pay more. At the national level, the Obama administration and Democrat party call that a means of redistribution. What it smacks of is a more ancient dilemma that was addressed with moral theology in the Middle Ages, but has been mostly ignored by progressive elites and those who champion their mischief. That problem is covetousness and greed, and is the not-so-silent partner of proposals to take a little more from the haves so that the have-nots can have more.
Along with the trampling of business in general as usury, and profit as sinful, progressive elites have been successful in convincing many that life is a zero-sum game. They contend that the only way someone with a bank account or a nice home or boat could have accumulated them was at the expense of another. This troglodyte theory ignores the behavioral nature of economics that includes people recognizing that greater contribution and effort is rewarded with increased sales and profits, salary increases, and the fruits of one’s labor. But one has to be ready to be a contributor and a producer. You can’t stand around with your hands in your pockets. That is the part where many among us, especially some of the young, have lost their way.
They think that laws and statutes can readjust the scale. They think that public education, the largest feeder at the county’s trough, can adequately form a young person to be all God expects of them, without giving a nod to the parents, and the traditions and learning of Western civilization that have brought us this far. Those harvesters and planters and fertilizing rigs we brake for on Highway 17 weren’t around a hundred years ago. The metal needed to make them didn’t mean we made fewer other things. We expanded the economy and the rewards of progress, process improvement, reduced labor costs, et al, came to us all with the gifts of invention. But to turn the wheel requires return on investment, ingenuity, and getting yourself out of bed early each day to do the work that needs to be done.
It’s greed to want more of another’s. It’s covetous and stealing to look with envy on what another has worked to attain and take some of it for yourself. There are so many churches … which one harbors Mr. Lane on Sunday? Maybe there’s a need there for a sermon about Biblical charity and hard work. But don’t forget to mention the Spanish Scholastics.