Thursday, July 29, 2004 :::
Receiving stolen property?
I'm sure most people who receive handouts of any sort from the government don't consider themselves to be recipients of stolen property. Of course many true conservatives and libertarians believe that the government's use of coercion to take money from one to give to another is stealing. But I hadn't thought much about the morality of the recipient of that theft. In making the case against socialism, practiced by both parties, Walter Williams slips this thought in at the end: "I'm sure that if you asked God if it's OK just being a recipient of stolen property, He would deem that a sin as well." Although I have a feeling that many of the people who receive government handouts either believe in socialism or feel that as a victim, they are entitled to that handout. So I guess it's too much to ask for an agreement with my view of morality there. And we certainly don't expect ethical behavior from the party of moral equivalency. But shouldn't we expect more from the party of the "religious right"? No more farm subsidies or airline bailouts. No more prescription drug benefits for "poor" old folks. And no more money thrown at a failing education system. I just hope that if Bush wins reelection, he'll lose this "compassionate conservatism" thing and get back to true and moral conservatism.
::: posted by Melissa at 7/29/2004 01:31:00 PM