Letter: Get government out of the morality business
Posted on Dec 24, 2013 - 09:35 AM Printer Friendly View
In last week’s paper, Katie Thompson (“Rich people are far from slavery,” Dec. 19 Readers Write) took exception to my assertion that rich(er) people are becoming slaves to poor(er) people.
Let me provide an illustration:
Imagine that every month a ‘poor’ person comes to your door and demands you give him $50, and you are required by law to give it to him. You do this month after month. Some months you may have unexpected expenses and don’t have money to spare. No matter … you must keep back money from your own needs in order to have $50 when the doorbell rings. Are you not a slave to the bell-ringer? He stands there demanding the fruits of your labor with no compensation to you. Is this not slavery? It doesn’t matter is you are worth $250 million or $250 thousand … taking from you without compensation is the whole issue … it’s the definition of slavery.
While we’re dealing in theoreticals, imagine also if all the food stamp money and the unemployment assistance money were sent to local churches and civic organizations for distribution as needed. There would be such an increase in efficiency and efficacy that would result in less waste and ‘scamming the system’ with a lowering of the taxes used to fund these programs or … tax credits for individual contributions to these organizations. Just imagine.
Food stamps? Spend an hour at the grocery checkout to confirm for yourself how much this system gets abused. Unemployment compensation that goes on for two years? That’s no incentive to find a job. I know of several cases locally where a person has taken a job and deliberately done so poorly at it that they get fired. They immediately filed for unemployment … which was their self-confessed aim from the beginning.
‘Scamming the system’ has become a new phrase in our lexicon. Seen any ‘poor folks’ wearing $200 Nikes? Smoking $5 a pack cigarettes? Makes you wonder how ‘poor’ they really are.
Get government out of the morality business. The lady’s biblical reference only demonstrates my point: these are moral issues and should be handled locally without the fat, ham-handed federal government trying to provide solutions.
The ‘haves’ have become slaves to the ‘have nots’ and the only winners are politicians that get re-elected to perpetuate this scam on working folks.