Tuesday, November 4, 2008

redistribution of wealth

As far as I know, the most disturbing thing any candidate has ever said (that I've heard) is the phrase "redistribution of wealth." It is a phrase that, for better or worse, reinforces the idea of socialism in the U.S. Personally, I don't want any government entity "redistributing" my wealth.

If I had any.

I've been well-off, and I've been poor. I know the difference in the two. I prefer being well off. I don't like being taxed to death. In fact, I resent every nickel the government takes from me now. It's one of the main reasons I'm in favor of less government.

On the flip side, I believe in social justice. I believe people are called to give money (and time, and aid) to help the needy. There are people out there who are hungry, who are homeless, who are helpless. And we're called -- by faith, by conscience, by basic human decency -- to help. But that help, in most cases, shouldn't be mandated.

Obama will likely win this election -- by a landslide. We're about to get the president we deserve, and I'm not so sure that's a good thing.