Sunday, July 29, 2007

Disposition of the pillage, 2007...

After a great deal of hoopla, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the new farm bill. It takes $286 billion from taxpayers and gives it to someone else. Some of it will go to farmers, both alive and deceased, some will go to provide people, both needy and not so needy, with food stamps. About $60 billion will go pay people not to farm, or to help them figure out how to make fuel out of hog poop.

The hoopla wasn't about whether or not government has the right to re-distribute our money. It was about who would get the money.

Walter Williams hit the nail on the head:

"Conservatives and liberals are kindred spirits as far as government spending is concerned. First, let's make sure we understand what government spending is. Since government has no resources of its own, and since there's no Tooth Fairy handing Congress the funds for the programs it enacts, we are forced to recognize that government spending is no less than the confiscation of one person's property to give it to another to whom it does not belong -- in effect, legalized theft. Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage." -- Walter Williams in his book All It Takes Is Guts

Libertarians think you should make the decision about who gets your money.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most taxpayers are too busy or haven't a clue although it is good to see the outrage over property taxes. A guy at work today commented about being tired of hearing about these tax protests on the news. I said it was a good thing and if we were smart, we should keep the momemtum going.
Kevin W.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Rex Bell said...

I hope we keep the momentum going, and hope people realize that it's not enough to just vote somebody out. You also have to vote somebody better in. Replacing a Republican with a Democrat, or a Democrat with a Republican won't bring us anything but more of the same.

10:08 PM  

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