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A View from the Altar / In passing
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In passing

Dan Cady, a professor at the University of California, recently offered his entry in the genre of angry atheists.  I don’t actually know if Cady is an atheist, but he writes like one.  His article was published in the Huffington Post and then linked on the Google news aggregation site.   Cady is upset that Christians are not socialists which, he says, Jesus taught them to be.

I mention Cady’s article only to show an example of one of the perpetual failings of the liberal mind: Liberals cannot distinguish between charity and socialism.   Charity springs from the free will and generosity of producers whose work ethic leaves them with abundance (Eph 4:28).  It helps recipients by extending grace in time of need, and it preserves human dignity and self-reliance by rewarding virtue more than vice.

Socialism is the negative of all this.  Socialism exists only by imposing force and coercion on producers whether there is a need or not, and it degrades recipients by rewarding vice and removing the incentive to work.  Jesus commended work, not welfare, and taught his followers to give which, contra Cady, is a very different thing from exhorting governments to take.

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Rush Limbaugh commented on an article circulated by Drudge to the effect that 35 percent of adult Americans live on some form of hand-outs. Limbaugh said this number tells you “everything you need to know” about why the country is in the mess it’s in. By “mess,” Limbaugh meant the approaching financial disaster.

Maha Rushie is actually mistaken about this.  The 35 percent living on hand-outs tells you only part of the story. The other part of the story, equally significant if not more so, is the number of working adults who derive their wages from taxation.  This is everyone from the gate guard at your local landfill to Barack Hussein Obama, including the mobs thronging the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. “Tax workers,” if I my coin a mildly loaded phrase, include civil service employees, people who work for state, county, and municipal government, government contractors and their employees, and government vendors and their employees.  The federal work force is some 2.8 million.  The state work forces total 3.8 million full time and 1.4 million part time employees.  I doubt anyone knows how many contractors there are plus or minus 50 percent.

When you tally up all the people whose livings come from taxation and add that to the 35 percent who live on the dole, that is the number you need to tell the whole story.  And it’s certainly over half the total work force which explains why the Congress will likely never cut spending until it’s too late.  And when it’s too late, why would they do it then?

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