I certainly do think that being moral pays off. You feel good about yourself, you can sleep well at night and of course there is the positive karma that surrounds you. But when the government establishes it is necessary to take wealth from one half of the population and give it to the other half of the population, you need to ask the question.
Does it pay to be moral?
Today, Walter E. Williams writes about the big problem, immorality, and asks two questions that must be directed to every teacher and liberal politician. How would you answer the question?
Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another? And, if that person does not peaceably submit to being so used, do you believe that there should be the initiation of some kind of force against him?
What say you?
I’m going to assume you’ve answered No, since if you answered Yes, you’d have a hard time defending slavery.
A no answer would put them [who you ask] on the spot as well because that would mean they would have to come out against taking the earnings of one American to give to another in the forms of farm and business handouts, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and thousands of similar programs that account for more than two-thirds of the federal budget. There is neither moral justification nor constitutional authority for what amounts to legalized theft.
Have we crossed a certain threshold that will make it difficult or impossible to return? Remember, the “bottom” 50 percent of wage earners are now paying less than 2.5 percent of federal income taxes collected.
Unfortunately, there is no way out of our immoral quagmire. The reason is that now that the U.S. Congress has established the principle that one American has a right to live at the expense of another American, it no longer pays to be moral. People who choose to be moral and refuse congressional handouts will find themselves losers. They’ll be paying higher and higher taxes to support increasing numbers of those paying lower and lower taxes.
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