Why Do We Ask Government to Redistribute Our Money?

September 3rd, 2008 by Eric Cope

I received an email from a family member today. Its text is below.

Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I  work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it  sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine  test with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is the distribution  of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. Shouldn’t one have to  pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it  for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on  their feet. I do, on the other  hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ASS, doing drugs,  while I work. . Can you imagine how m much money the state would save if people  had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

I quote,”I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it  sees fit … I have no problem with helping people get back on  their feet”. Why do we require our government to redistribute our money? Are we, as a civilization, do foolish, greedy, arrogant, naive to do it ourselves? John Stossel pointed out that we, Americans, are more giving, both per capita and total, than any other nation in the world. American rich donate more than other countries rich on an absolute scale. American poor donate a larger percentage of their income than any other demographic. So why is text so easily swallowed and spammed to your friends and family? Why is the subject of this email the bitterness towards welfare instead of towards the government deciding who gets your money? Additionally, why do people assume that their tax dollars are helping get people back on their feet?

Any insight is appreciated.

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