[quote="runningdude, post:16, topic:272309"]
I don't follow. The government has a right to tax its people correct? Christ scolded political-religious leaders for not caring for the poor, correct? How does using tax dollars paid by the wealthy to care for the poor contradict the teachings of Christ?
The "right" of the government to tax is not an open-ended "right" with no limits.
The consent of the governed also enters into it.
So, if I decide I do not want to be taxed, then I have the right to not consent and to take my activity and to elsewhere ... unless YOU believe you have the right to exercise compulsory service onto me.
The command and*** the obligation is on the giver***. So YOU need to take care of the poor. Directly.
**The command to take care of the poor requires me to use my money and for me to use my time and for you to use your money and for you to use your time.
There is no command for me to take your money, use your money to pay a roomful of clerks to count and recount the money and then dole out ten cents on the dollar to the poor ... several months after the need was first identified. For example.**
Taxation is also a political issue ... especially when so many advocates of high taxation are focused on socially re-engineering our society ... taxing one form of situation more heavily than another, for example. Or directly subsidizing one form of situation more heavily than another, for example.
The fact is that people are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. If the "community" votes to take that money, then questions need to be asked about their motives.
And there is the story of the golden goose that laid the golden eggs, where excessive "taxation" ruined the situation for everyone.
If people are taxed ... to the degree that they consider unfairly ... then they will "vote with their feet" ... walk away to somewhere that is more conducive to their economic activity. Or they will just retire to avoid hassles. Sometimes, you can just ask too much.
If you look at The Ten Commandments, there are a number of LAWS against both taking the property of others AND against even having merely the DESIRE to take the property of others ... REGARDLESS of your motive.
Does the money really go to the poor? For example.
Or does the money first pass through a salaried bureaucracy that keeps most of the money for itself? And does the salaried bureaucracy impose rules and regulations on the recipients ... that create an incentive for immoral behavior, for example.
In real life, it is not uncommon for a government agency to call a church group where immediate needs need to be met ... because the government agency just cannot respond in an appropriate way quickly enough.