Families who have to pay estate taxes would be surprised to hear that those are not a confiscation of wealth. It is not slowing down money that would have come in. It is taking money that the family already has.
Now, hitting somebody with taxes the day after he or she dies because “you can’t take it with you” and “two things are certain: death and taxes” is one thing, if it is because the government needs to raise money and hitting large estates of the recently dead seems less catastrophic in personal terms than going after the accumulated wealth of the still-living, especially those who haven’t accumulated much more than what they realistically need to live.
Having said that, no, it is not the function of government to go find people who have legitimately accumulated private possessions on the theory that someone else ought to have the stuff, which is what “redistribution of wealth” means. No, the government ought to be raising money to carry out the duties of the government. It should not take it upon itself to play Robin Hood.
We need enough material wealth to get the necessities of life for ourselves. After that, when we objectively have enough, we should not be envious if some other people have a lot more than we do. If anything, we ought to pray for them, since the Gospel is so clear that accumulated wealth is a peril to the soul. That doesn’t mean that relieving people of accumulated wealth is a spiritual work of mercy. No, that is against the commandments that forbid theft and coveteousness.
Imagine what it would be liked to have the surname “Bismark.”
You almost had me going until you threw that in.
Really? Consider giving up a night’s cake for that unnecessary dig.