Forced Charity

Our old buddy at Harding University gave me the idea for this post.  It’s something I have brought up before and something that truly needs a moratorium.  That being forced charity.  We are forced to give up our hard earned money every day to “help” others.  That help may entail things you don’t agree with.  Doesn’t matter.  You are forced to give.  By whom you ask?  You friendly neighborhood Govco.  Every day they take tax dollars from you and give it to others.  The noted Economist Walter E. Williams illustrates it well:

“If I take $20 from you by force and help somebody downtown who is sleeping on a grate, if I do this privately, I go to jail and most Americans agree that I should go to jail. But when an agent of Congress comes up and takes your $20 and helps somebody downtown, they applaud that. Both acts are taking what belongs to one American and giving it to another American to whom it does not belong.”

Now, let me make it perfectly clear, I am ALL for charity.  I am all for helping others.  Privately.  Now, of course, there are many out there, most notably Liberals, who believe that any sort of assistance or help should come from Govco which means YOUR taxes.  They will say things such as “The Government can do it best.” or “Private citizens or organizations cannot do it all.”  Really?  Gee…is that why private giving far exceeds what Govco gives?  Is that why US citizens give more to charity than citizens of any other country? 

Let’s look at an example.  Remember the tsunami from 2004?  Private charities and individuals gave three times as much as the US Govco to help those in need.  Yet, what do you hear?  You heard how the US didn’t give enough.  You hear every day how we are greedy and stingy and don’t care.  You hear from people like Obama and Hillary how Govco can do it better.    Please!  Get off your high horse. 

Now, what does this have to do with our psudo-intellectual teacher Mark Elrod?  Here is a quote from his latest blog:

“It seems to me that if America were in fact the Christian nation we claim to be that there would be no need for government welfare or foreign aid.”

I beleive I have already made my point that there IS no need for Govco welfare or foreign aid.  We, as private citizens and private charities already do far more than Govco could every hope to do.  We do it with our own money and, more importantly, do it with other things such as time, compassion and organization.  Let’s see, Govco…compassion….organization….yeah, those words go together as well as Microsoft Works or French Deodorant.  In the time it takes you to fill out the forms (in triplicate) to get any sort of assistance from Govco, a private charity will already have you taken care of.  In fact, we, as a nation, would probably give much, much more if we were not taxed so much.  If we didn’t have our paychecks garnished so heavily by Uncle Sam.  If we had more to give, we would give even more.

We are, contrary to what Mr. Elrod states, a giving nation.  Do we all give?  Nope.  Do we give enough?  Nope.  Should we be forced to give?  Never. 



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5 Responses to “Forced Charity”

  1. AvaP. Says:

    I think we would all give far more if we had more of our paychecks TO GIVE. Sometimes it is painful to give because you see 40% already gone. I get angry when I see the lady in front of me get all of her “staples” paid for by her GOVMT debit card and then pays for a bunch of CRAP with her own money. I know, I know…..The big “DON’T judge” speech is comming by some of your readers. I am observing! Staples paid for by me (govmt)…candy, toys and beer paid for by her. Just and observation. Our Church does a great community outreach. We really do most of our giving through them but would BE ABLE to do far more if we were in control of more of our money.

  2. Roland Says:

    Exactly AvaP. If we didn’t give so dang much to Govco to help, for example, “struggling artists” who create works of art that would make you lose your lunch, maybe we could afford to give more.

    On a side note, we talk about “being able to give more” a lot. I say that a lot but you know, I can afford to give more. At least a little more. I think we can all afford it but a lot of times it comes down to do we WANT to give more.

    Bottom line though, it should be given freely and not forced at gun point.

  3. AvaP. Says:

  4. Brian T. Schwartz Says:

    I completely agree. Check out my post on forced charity and health care policy here:

    In it I propose a charity tax credit approach. If you think government charities are so good, then let them compete with voluntary ones. If you donate, say, $100 to a voluntary charity that does something similar to Medicaid, Medicaid in your state loses $100 and you get a $100 tax credit (not a deduction, a credit.) I’d like to see the same with government-run schools.

    Also, in an upcoming post about the “right” to health care I’m going to use your handout graphic. Thanks!

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