Posted: March 6th, 2005 by Militant Libertarian
The earthquake that triggered a huge “tsunami” (tidal wave) which hit Asian shores killing thousands, displacing millions, and bringing world-wide cries of “disaster” was truly a natural disaster of epic proportions.
The victims we see on television; the wastelands that were once thriving communities we see being toured by world leaders; the thousands of orphaned children and widowed women we see displayed on relief ads are, however, only the tip of the iceberg when the victims of this natural disaster are counted.
About 300 million of those victims reside right here in the USA.
That’s right, every American who pays taxes, including all of their children and dependents, are victims of the federal government of the United States of America which, using the Internal Revenue Service, took $350 million dollars form them at gun point and sent it for relief efforts in Asia.
That’s right. $350 million was taken from American families, at threat of violence and imprisonment, and sent to Asia for the relief effort.
“But it’s a good cause,” you might say. You’re probably right. But is any cause, however “good,” justification for theft at gunpoint?
Interestingly, America has, throughout history, been the most giving nation in the world. For the Tsunami relief effort alone, we’ve voluntarily contributed nearly a billion dollars in relief to date. VOLUNTARILY, we’ve written checks, dropped coins into buckets, called in credit card numbers…VOLUNTARILY we’ve given money to help those in need halfway across the world from us.
Yet our political leaders, in their benevolence, still voted to take $350 million dollars from us by force so they could send it to Asia in our name. So that they could sit around at $100/plate luncheons and haughtily declare that they were able to make sure that Americans “paid for their share of the relief effort.”
The American poor, who can barely afford to put dinner on the table, let alone afford private schools and $100/plate luncheons, were forced to cough up money from their meager earnings in order that those living on the coastline in Asia could have their homes rebuilt for them, their children cared for, and their families fed.
Who will be there when I can’t afford to make my house payments, to drive my car to work where there is no bus service, or even buy groceries to keep my family fed? Who will be there when our 45-50% tax rate finally catches up with me and forces me to take shelter in the arms of the many government-run welfare programs in our nation (programs which are paid for by money from other hard-working families who are walking in my same shoes)?
Yet those who are in a position to afford to send money to relieve victims of tragedy here and abroad are still able to send three times what the United States government could send; this despite the fact that the US government has the resources and reach to force every American to pay a portion of their income to the IRS so that it can be sent abroad to help with these same relief efforts. Which system works better? Answer truthfully… private fundraising has proven time and again to be much more benevolent and much more efficient than any government-run agency could ever hope to be.
So you tell me…are there other victims of the Tsunami? Victims you aren’t likely to see showcased on national television in commercials and newscasts? You bet there are. These victims are the American families FORCED to pay for the relief efforts. Families who, given a choice, would probably have given the money freely if they could. Is charity by force really charity? You be the judge.
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