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The Founders on the Redistribution of Wealth

We hear much talk today of making the rich pay their “fair share.” The questions we need to ask are, “Who are the rich?” and “How do we define the phrase “fair share?” Unfortunately the “rich” are generally defined as those who make more than we do and “fair share” means you need to pay more. Our progressive tax rate enforces this folly by taxing those with greater incomes at a higher tax rate. Put simply, it is a politician’s arbitrary decision to take that which belongs to someone else under the pretense of taking care of those who have less.

Does the government have the constitutional right to do this?

Founding Father Sam Adams didn’t think so. He said:

“The Utopian schemes of leveling (aka redistribution of wealth through taxation) and a community of goods (aka socialism/communism), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. (These ideas) are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.”

Thomas Jefferson warned, “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

As the 2012 election approaches, we must make sure we elect men and women who honor the private property of America’s citizens, who encourage hard work and initiative, and who will work for a just tax code which doesn’t punish producers for their success.

  1. Kerry Drake
    September 14th, 2011 at 14:09 | #1

    Amen! I believe in the American dream, and I would love to be rich so that I could help as many people as I can while I live to reach that common goal. I do not, and would not need a government to lord over me to force me to achieve that life’s goal, it is in my DNA as a Christian to just do it. I am beginning to hate that phrase “pay their fair share” and I notice it is a favorite mantra of the left, particularly those in the Democratic party. They act like they are the savior of the poor, but their policies only serve to enslave those they pretend to represent in a deeper and deeper hole of poverty by the redistribution ideas they force upon us all. It’s an untenable fact that when one becomes wealthy, a target is painted on their back by those who pretend to be “for the little guy” by trying to punish those in our society who take the biggest risks to help employ every American who has a job! Wouldn’t it be ironic if these people are unseated and sent home to become targets themselves by the policies they created when in office? Keep preaching it brother. You are A Great American!

  2. September 14th, 2011 at 15:24 | #2

    Bold, short, in “your face” and to the point!!!!!! Hey, wait a minute, that describes me!! Oh well! Bottom line, I loved and reposted this message.

    We have veered far off course from the original intentions of freedom from Government our Founding Father’s envisioned. History must be taught and shared with this generation if we will ever turn this ship around! Keep up the proclamation of TRUTH, my brother. This was a burst of blessing and truth!

  3. September 15th, 2011 at 21:25 | #3

    Brothers! I sure appreciate each of you and the insightful comments you always add. Love you both!

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