Facts, Thoughts and Opinions

Bush tax cuts

The Bush income tax cuts resulted in the rich paying more federal income tax and a greater share of the federal income tax, and the poor paying less federal income tax and a lesser share of the federal income tax. Federal revenue soared as both personal income tax and capital gains tax revenue increased. By 2007 the federal deficit was lower than in 2000.

Clinton tax hikes slowed growth; Bush cuts promoted recovery

Tax hikes slow economic growth. Lower tax rates pave the way for faster growth. The 1993 Clinton tax hikes slowed economic growth during that decade despite the common assumption that it was a period of rapid expansion. It was not until a tax cut later in the decade that growth took off. The 2003 Bush tax cuts helped the economy recover from a recession and put it on stronger footing to grow in the face of growing headwinds.

Does the Bible call for redistribution of wealth?

There are two aspects to the version of economic justice envisioned by progressives:

  • Government should confiscate the resources of the wealthy.
  • People of faith can delegate their responsibilities of charity to the government.

Scripture supports neither of these ideas. Rather, we see the faithful voluntarily giving their resources to the church, and the church handling the matter of caring for the poor and less fortunate.

History does not support them either. Actually, history has shown that confiscating and redistributing wealth does not empower the people but does empower those in power.

Misused Scriptures

  • Luke 18:18-27: Jesus calls a wealthy young man to come and follow him. He commands the man, "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The wealthy man walks away, saddened at the prospect of sacrificing his wealth. Jesus thus observes, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

The progressive says, "See? Jesus says if you wealthy you aren't going to heaven." The fact is that Jesus did not order this man to sell his possessions. This is much unlike the progressive who would impose a hefty income tax or confiscate wealth from those who had acquired it rightfully. This man can choose to divest his possessions and follow Jesus. But he doesn't want to. He cannot bear to part with his wealth, even to follow Jesus. This passage isn't about wealth but about materialism; it is the love of money and things that keep us from salvation.

Morality of Taxes

A work in progress.

The opposition to using tax dollars to fund private schools is based on the fallacious thinking that the tax dollars rightfully belong to the government. We need to abolish that thinking. The government takes money (a.k.a. "taxes") from the people in order to fund public education. In a free-market system, the people would pay the schools themselves. The money that the government takes from the public to fund public education does not rightfully belong to the government. It belongs to the people from which it was taken. Those people have the moral right to determine how that money is spent, not the government.


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