By: Robert Knight – washingtontimes.com – February 18, 2018
It’s tax season again.
As you struggle to submit something to Uncle Sam that won’t send federal agents to your door, guns blazing, it’s worth pondering how immoral and unconstitutional the whole thing is.
It’s immoral because the government is spending far more than it takes in and keeps adding to the stupendous national debt, now $20.6 trillion and growing fast.
It’s unconstitutional because America’s Founders never envisioned the federal government having this much power to extract so much of our earnings and to spend it on social engineers who pry into every nook and cranny of our lives that they can. As the late Joseph Sobran observed, “Anything called a ‘program’ is unconstitutional.”
There is another extremely important moral component to piling up the debt. Someone will have to pay it someday. That means we are spending money that hasn’t even been earned yet by our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In 2 Corinthians 12:14, the Apostle Paul admonishes that “the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Our accumulating national debt is the opposite of that.
Tom Paine, whose fiery essays preceding the American Revolution were the most-read treatises in the colonies other than the Bible, wrote of the immorality of saddling subsequent generations with bad laws, whose corollary is bad debt:
“Every age and generation must be free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.”
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