Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Budget critics: What would Jesus cut?

"The Bush budget is not one of shared sacrifice," says Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a liberal think tank in Washington. "It maintains all the old tax cuts and adds new ones [$146 billion over 10 years] heavily tilted to the top," while slashing benefits for the poor.

"I doubt there is any person who can stand up and say this [budget] reflects my values or the country's values," says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group. That's because the huge deficits extending years into the future mean this generation is passing on bigger debts to future generations. In effect, the budget says, " 'I want the goods and want someone else to bear the cost.' That is the ultimate in immoral action ... to ask your kids to pay for your spending," she adds. (Article By David R. Francis ) [Emphasis Added]

It's interesting that May MacGuineas states the actual problem, but doesn't realize the implications. She is right-but she is right because the Budget cuts do not reduce enough of these federal aid programs. More should be eliminated, because they all represent the "I want the goods and I want someone else to bear the cost" or the ultimate in immoral action. This is money taken by taxpayers against their will and redistributed to those who have not earned it, who have not produced enough to make it. Those programs should be funded entirely by private donations, and the government should cut ties with all of them and eliminate them from the Federal Budget altogether. By supporting any one program, it is giving an unfair advantage to that program, and it feeds the program with money taken by force. This puts the government in the paternal role of deciding what programs are more moral and should be funded, which is improper. Each individual should have the freedom to contribute to these programs as his morals dictate, according to his values, since it is the fruit of his labor, and it is his life to live. Until the government withdraws from all such Federal Aid programs, it will continuously be made to follow the morality of the majority, which is not morality at all, but simple tyranny. These new cuts are actually a step in the right direction, but they are a small step, and there is a long way to go.


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