Is Money the Root of Evil? 3 March, 2008Posted by stoptaxing in Uncategorized.
The Left in this country has perpetrated a proposition that Corporations are evil. That rich people should have more taxes because they don’t need their money. They seem to make you think that having money is the root of all evil. (The Christian scripture says the “love of money” while speaking frequently of wise money management.) Where are William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman when you need them?
Rabbi Daniel Lapin has a new book Thou Shalt Prosperin which he reminds us that God wants us to prosper by serving others. Joel Olsteen and Robert Schuller also have written books reminding us that success is good. What these gentlemen have done is strip away the moral foundation of poverty industry.
The work of the late, great Milton Friedman and his wife Rose have decimate the economic theory of the poverty industry. They reminded us that the business of business is business. The economy is not a pie being divided up. It is a living growing community which prospers as we trade and serve one another. As Zig Ziglar said, “You can have anything you want in life, as long as you help enough other people get what they want in life”.
Karl Marx had a different point of view. He believed the rich stole the wealth from the poor. That may have been true of slave masters and nobility, but it is not true in a capitalist economy. Wealth is a reward for bettering the lives of one’s fellow humans. Money is moral.
This is fast becoming one of the three foundational differences in this election. The countries which reject this proposition are mired in poverty –Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe come to mind. As Zimbabwe proved, no matter how well intentioned, you can not fix the ills of the past by stealing from innocent people in the present.
Some are calling for punishing the big oil companies, raising taxes on the upper wage earners, trying to slap controls on executive compensation, and price controls on medicines. These not only won’t work, they are just plain wrong. It is the business of government to provide a sound infrastructure, a honest marketplace, security, and tools for an educated populace. It is not the business of government to meddle in people’s fundamental right of property. It is not the business of government to micromanage winners and losers in the economy. Let it be, let it alone.
The choice is clear. A controlled and command based economy which will not prosper its people in the long run or a freedom based economy.