I was talking to a christian xangan who was arguing that we should cut “entitlement” programs to fix the budget (ignoring that they are not actually the cause of the deficit). He gave a link to a book written by a christian arguing against government help of the poor. This was my response which I thought blog-worthy:
Characterizing taxes and government as theft is ridiculous, we live in a republic where we elect representatives that set the tax rate. If you’re unhappy with the tax rate then elect people who want to change it. But don’t pretend you’re being hit over the head and robbed because your community elected representatives that thought you ought to have a fire department. If you don’t want to live in a society where economic issues are decided democratically then go live in the jungle somewhere. And a penny of sales tax can feed more poor people in a year than the largest charity in human history. To bitch about that because you don’t like paying an extra penny is pathetic and yes, extremely un-christian. Jesus praised a poor woman for giving her last bit of money to the poor, you live like a king compared to anyone who lived in jesus’ day and you complain about not having more. We are a nation of spoiled selfish brats who are willing to deny people organ transplants and refuse food to poor people and take away grandma’s social security so we can drive a more impressive car. I honestly hope every selfish anti-“entitlement” person in this country gets hit by a truck just when social security disability insurance is dissolved and can’t get foodstamps or living assistance because “them’s commie programs” and gets to retirement age just when the pension money is all gone.