Legalized Plunder

08/01/2012

Legalized Plunder- (re: government subsidies)

Ezra Taft Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration, and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it best about government subsidies:

“Assume, for example, that we were farmers, and that we received a letter from the government telling us that we were going to get a thousand dollars this year for plowed up acreage. But rather than the normal method of collection, we were to take this letter and collect $69.71 from Bill Brown, at such and such an address, and $82.47 from Henry Jones, $59.80 from a Bill Smith, and so on down the line; that these men would make up our farm subsidy. “Neither you nor I, nor would 99 percent of the farmers, walk up and ring a man’s doorbell, hold out a hand and say, ‘Give me what you’ve earned even though I have not.’ We simply wouldn’t do it because we would be facing directly the violation of a moral law, ‘Thou shalt not steal.’ In short, we would be held accountable for our actions.”  (Ezra Taft Benson, The Proper Role of Government, 1968)

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