The following is a piece written by Jared Law. I agree with most of it. The part I don't agree with is I think that most people on unemployment are working hard to find work. I wish there were some honest statistics on how many people are on unemployment or welfare or any government program that are really just slothful. I hope and assume most of the people are desiring and looking diligently for work. I know for myself in this recession finding work is very difficult.
Okay enough from me, here is the article from Jared Law:
"I have always thought it was disingenuous at best that people call government programs "compassion" or characterize them as "compassionate," for they are anything but. What is compassionate about stealing from your neighbor to pay you what you didn't earn? What is compassionate about forcing your neighbors to pay for your living expenses? Especially when you're unwilling to work to support yourself? How is that compassionate? It seems to me that such behavior only enables sloth, selfishness, and resentment.
As the Apostle Paul says, in the tenth verse of THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
This is Christian Doctrine, and it is part of our shared American heritage. It is a small slice of what made America great. This is how our Founding Fathers lived, it's what they believed, and they would be horrified to see how dependent Americans are on their massive, oppressive government.
The truth is that government programs are NOT compassionate. Quite the opposite...government programs are, in fact, tyrannical. When a government takes from you (by force) and "redistributes" your hard-earned money to those who refuse to work for their own support, that is pure tyranny, and such is immoral, even evil.
On the other hand, it IS compassionate for YOU, by your own FREE WILL & CHOICE, to willingly give support: directly, or through your church/charity, to those who actually NEED it. Whether it's a family going through rough times, or a true disability, when donations are VOLUNTARY, and without COMPULSION, that's COMPASSIONATE. Compassion REQUIRES FREE AGENCY. Without that freedom to choose, so-called "compassion" is merely a euphemism for tyranny, and a tool of the adversary, the enemy of that is good and fair. When we are FORCED, whether it's at the point of a thug's gun on the street, or through a punitive tax code, backed up by local law enforcement (if you stop paying taxes, eventually men with guns will oblige you to leave your home so they can sell it to pay what the law, however immoral, insists that you owe), it's just plain tyranny, and that's just plain wrong.
In fact, In My Humble Opinion (IMHO), FEDERAL Taxes of any kind should only be used for those things which are authorized by Article One, Section Eight, of the Constitution of the United States of America, including national defense. NOTHING ELSE. It's up to the STATES to do anything else. Personally, I would prefer it if we ONLY paid taxes to our respective states, and let the states pay for the Federal Government's needs...imagine keeping control of the flow of taxpayer dollars local, where you can actually affect it...and imagine no more Tax Day, no more EPA, HHS, IRS, HUD, ED, ATF, SSA, TVA, etc.
So in closing, we need to make sure we clarify that it is NOT compassionate for the GOVERNMENT to render regular, scheduled aid to anybody. That's the domain of private churches & charities. While [Christians, Jews, and adherents to most major world religions] have a MORAL obligation to VOLUNTARILY donate to such causes, there is, and never should be, any LEGAL OBLIGATION in our Constitutional Republic. To require such is unconstitutional at best! Our current tax & spend government and COMPULSORY taxpayer funding of "programs" which redistribute the incomes of working Americans is IMMORAL, IMHO. And it began to be wildly tyrannical/immoral in the early 20th Century, thanks to so-called "Progressives" such as Woodrow Wilson & Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), the two worst American Tyrants of the 20th Century."
So now you know what Jared Law thinks and you know what I think . . . what do you think?