William Thien

The Greater Cost of Government

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Recently I blogged that I believe the greater cost of government lies in the way governments redistribute our taxes to others. I titled the essay just that, THE GREATER COST OF GOVERNMENT. I just finished reading a book by James Wesley Rawles titled FOUNDERS. The book, a novel, is about a potential economic collapse and the resultant condition of the country. Things are bleak. In the book Rawles quotes Dr. Walter E. Williams in his essay “Bogus Rights,” from Townhall, February 8, 2006.

Dr. Walter E. Williams states, “Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we’d call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that’s exactly what thieves do–redistribute income. Income redistribution not only betrays the founders’ vision, it’s a sin in the eyes of God.” Dr. Walter E. Williams.

Now, I don’t know about the “…sin in the eyes of God…” part, there are some clergy that have commented on this blog in the past and they may wish to expand through biblical references for our benefit.

I do know that the redistribution of wealth is the primary function of government today and that redistribution of wealth seems to be focused on taking money from the middle classes and working classes primarily and giving it to the very poor, those who refuse to work, or the tax clever citizen who knows how to wrangle money from the government.

But the redistribution of wealth is the greater cost of government and Dr. Walter E. Williams observations are well received here.

William Thien

William Thien

In my opinion, when one examines the various costs of government, the one which stands out as the most expensive is that portion of the government involved in the re-distribution of wealth.

In other words when you see your tax dollars being spent to pay for the maintenance of roads or to cover the cost of policing, to improve the nation’s defense, to pay for public education, whatever, you see something tangible, something that you know is improving the condition of the country. Your tax dollars go directly to the purpose for which they were levied and the results are obvious and beneficial.

But when your tax dollars are merely given to someone else to pay for say the cost of having a child out-of-wedlock, for example, and raising that child or to pay for some other “social” expense which is the result of illicit behavior perhaps, you see very…

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