Pope Benedict XVI condemns those who look to minimize their tax burden
BY WALTER E. WILLIAMS
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
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London’s Times Online recently reported that, according to Vatican sources, Pope Benedict XVI is working on his second encyclical, a doctrinal pronouncement that will condemn tax evasion as “socially unjust.” The pontiff will denounce the use of tax havens and offshore banking by wealthy individuals because it reduces tax revenues for the benefit of society as a whole.
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I share Pope Benedict’s desire to assist our fellow man in need. But I believe that reaching into one’s own pocket to do so is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into another’s pocket to assist one’s fellow man in need is despicable and worthy of condemnation.
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Seems like the “social justice” side of the Pope is coming out. Hmmm! Maybe he is ignoring that the gooferment is forcefully stealing form the people. At one time, when there were Kings, the people could run to the Church for protection. Guess that time is over? No one — not King, Pope, or President — has any “right” to what I produce, have produced, or will produce. For if they do, then we are but slaves. All we are talking about is percentages.
I’m reminded of an off-color joke. Ugly old man asks beautiful young girl to sleep with him for a thousand dollars. She exclaims “I wouldn’t do it for a a hundred thousand dollars”. He replies, “How about a million?” She says, “What kind of a girl do you think I am?”. He concludes, “We’ve already established that. Now we are just talking price!”
If you have a positive right to something, then someone (i.e., the taxpayer) has an obligation to pay for it. That implies that the gooferment can use force to make the taxpayer cough up the dough. So, if you have a right, then I am your slave. We already established what the moochers are and what we are. Now we are just talking “price”. How much of a slave do you think you can make me?
Hope you have a lot of weapons when that next Sparticus fellow comes along. You’re going to have to kill a lot of us slaves to preserve your right to the dole.
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