But taxes, even if they are being used for “social justice” or some other redistributive purpose, fail the true test of compassion at every level.
First, the “giver” is not making a volunta
ry donation out of compassion for others. It is being taken from him by force of law.
Second, there is no compassion, no sacrifice, on the part of politicians who spread this money around and then congratulate themselves for “serving” the public. If I take money from you by force, skim 40 percent off the top to go to myself and my friends for “administrative costs” and then give the rest to the poor and elderly, are you going to praise me for being compassionate? If so, you are delusional.
Finally, there is no compassion felt by the recipient. He has no connection to those who “gave” the money,
and no sense of accountability to them to use that money wisely. Most likely, he gets a check in the mail – about as personal as a feed pellet dropping into a livestock trough.
If the president and his followers want to claim that they are compassionate, they should dig into their own pockets, not yours.
Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org