“Thou shalt not steal” Exodus 20:15
“If a soul sin and commit a trespass against the Lord…in a thing taken by violence…(v.4) Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, he shall restore what he has taken away violently” Leviticus 6:2-4
The world that rejects the Bible, rejects God and stands condemned. Their actions reveal the sinful nature of fallen man. Taking what is not yours is one of those acts.
Is it any surprise then, that federal government taxes the wealth of its citizens via income tax?
Or that the state of Indiana has established the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to “..requests federal funds to help rural communities with a variety of projects to include sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs, and many others.” ? The funds are then given to a select group of communities as block grants.
The city of West Lafayette Indiana has decided to use the funds to help small businesses. As Mayor John Dennis stated, “when it comes to making sure that they (small business) can just keep the lights on, it is an opportune time for the government to sort of step up and do the right thing”.
“The right thing” would be to stop taking the individuals wealth through taxation and return it to its rightful owners.
As reported by WLFI television, West Lafayette Indiana, “Now it’ll help small business owners keep up with their internal needs such as lease/mortgage cost, utility costs, debt payments, insurance costs, payroll costs.”
Here is the problem: Business owners are not the only group having trouble paying mortgages, utilities, debt payments etc. Many individuals are facing the same problems. Most individuals pay federal taxes, but only a small group benefits.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”. And the mayor of West Lafayette will determine the ability to pay and the needs that must be addressed; classic despotism.
Milton Friedman characterized this sort of welfare as, “sacrifice of the many, for the benefit of the few”. I am not certain who stated, “assign the loss to the taxpayer and privatize the benefit to the recipient”, but it works as well.
What should the role of government be? Protect us from those who would violently take our wealth.
The current mind set? Individuals do not know how to properly spend their money. Only government can determine how to spend resources properly. From local city hall, to the county, state, region and national level, the belief that they know better is pervasive.
Maybe the best thing is for us not to be taxed and let the individual decide how to best use their wealth. The problem with this? We may not use our wealth to do the “right thing”. We may pay our own bills.