I’d like to put to rest one of the greatest liberal myths with a bit of sound reasoning and basic economics. The myth goes like this. Taxation and government welfare are a good thing because they help the needy and anyone who disagrees obviously has no compassion for the less fortunate. Those who call for less taxes and a decrease in the amount of money the government spends are stealing food out of the mouths of babies.
Ask yourself this simple question. Is there a greater chance for need when there is less stuff or more? Of course the answer is simple. The more stuff there is the less likely that there will be need for stuff. How does stuff come to be? Well, people produce stuff. So, the more people who are producing stuff the more stuff there will be and the less likely it will be that there will be shortages of the stuff we need.
What happens when government takes from people who produce stuff and give it to people who don’t? Less stuff gets made. This is true for two reasons. One, the producers have less capital to invest in growing production, and two, the people who receive have less incentive to become a producer.
With the producers producing less and less people producing it’s no wonder that more people are in need of stuff.
When property rights are respected, and the market is unhampered by overbearing regulations, the chances that there will be more stuff is greatly increased. As a result of more stuff being produced, the prices for stuff will generally decrease. This means that those who can’t afford stuff will be better off because stuff will cost less and people who have enough stuff will be more capable of helping those who don’t.
So it’s easy to see that those who proclaim to be compassionate and desire to help the poor by growing the societal safety net ( welfare state ), are actually supporting policies which hurt the very people they intended to help.
Now who’s stealing food out of the mouths of babies?