Of all the people writing about politics in America, no one makes more sense (to me)  more often than Walter Williams.

Over the next five months, we’re going to be hearing and having discussions about what’s “fair” and what’s not “fair” when it comes to how much you and I should be taxed.

How much would money would be a “fair” amount of money for the government to take from you or me to give to someone else?

Lots of smart people will make convincing arguments for both sides.

And they’ll all be wrong.

Because it’s never “fair” to forcibly take money from one person and give it to another.

“…does an act that’s clearly immoral and illegal when done privately become moral when it is done legally and collectively? Put another way, does legality establish morality? Before you answer, keep in mind that slavery was legal; apartheid was legal; the Nazi’s Nuremberg Laws were legal; and the Stalinist and Maoist purges were legal. Legality alone cannot be the guide for moral people. The moral question is whether it’s right to take what belongs to one person to give to another to whom it does not belong.

Don’t get me wrong. I personally believe that assisting one’s fellow man in need by reaching into one’s own pockets is praiseworthy and laudable. Doing the same by reaching into another’s pockets is despicable, dishonest and worthy of condemnation. Some people call governmental handouts charity, but charity and legalized theft are entirely two different things. But as far as charity is concerned, James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

Understanding and adhering to ┬áthe sentiments of those two paragraphs would eliminate about 90% of our country’s problems.



Walter Willams is a doctor of economics and nobody, not even Thomas Sowell, is better at explaining –in layman’s terms — what’s wrong with our “entitlement” programs and why they need to go away.

“The language Congress uses to describe their spending is corrupt beyond redemption. Think about the term entitlement. If one American is entitled to something he didn’t earn, where in the world does Congress get the money? It’s not Santa or the Tooth Fairy.

The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to first take it from another American.

Therefore, an entitlement is a congressionally given right for one American to live at the expense of another. In other words, Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American.

As such, it differs in degree, but not kind, from that uglier part of our history where black people were forcibly used to serve the purposes of their slave masters.”