The Christian-Socialists are at it again. This time local religious leader Gray Fitzgerald heads up the charge, arguing in this mornings Union leader for higher taxes on the "rich." He opens his 'thesis' thusly;'To tax the richest at such low rates is morally bankrupt." The rest is predictable and easily synopsized.
Some people, you see, have the good fortune to earn too much. Let's not discuss how they got that way or the fact that they pay most of the taxes already. This is not about dealing with Tax-law breakers (like Obama's cabinet and Czars) it is about making laws to confiscate more. So Fitzgerald believes we should take more by force (of law), and that faiing to do so is somehow immoral.
So here we have a local church leader who wrote a book about the Bible, but there is no appeal here to Christian morality. He is not even advocating a culture of public charity by choice. We are not morally bankrupt for failing to give freely of ourselves and our earnings for the betterment of all people, we are morally bankrupt for failing to insist on a federal regime of greater confiscatory taxation of the rich; with all the statist threats that come with it; fines, hearings, even imprisonment. Grab your torches and pithcforks. We must embark on a French Revolution, wielding the guillotine of Tax law, screaming off with their paychecks!
Is charity by force an "interesting approach" from a guy who also advocates pacifism? I think so.
And I suppose that commandment to not steal has no bearing here? How about coveting the property of others? How about advocating those feelings in others for your own purposes? And is it not morally bankrupt to advocate for temporal laws that simply redefine property rights to make theft "legal?"
That is what this is. And there is nothing moral about it.