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CONCERNING THE MORALITY OF OUR ENTITLEMENTS PROGRAMS

CONCERNING THE MORALITY OF OUR ENTITLEMENTS PROGRAMS

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Published by Mark Sussman
Entitlements are often defended as "the moral thing to do". This article questions that point. So did Ben Franklin. So did James Madison. If I give aid to someone truly needy, I view that as a moral act. If I give aid to someone needy through a truly charitable organization - - then I think I am acting in a moral way, but perhaps not with the same moral commitment as the Charitable Agency. If the government takes my funds and distributes it to some who may be needy, but to others who may not - - or worse, to some who are accepting the money because they have become addicted to it - - then I see no claim to morality on my part. Moreover, the gov't's claim to morality can be viewed, in part, at somewhat on par with that of a thief and drug pusher. Read the article. What do you think?
Entitlements are often defended as "the moral thing to do". This article questions that point. So did Ben Franklin. So did James Madison. If I give aid to someone truly needy, I view that as a moral act. If I give aid to someone needy through a truly charitable organization - - then I think I am acting in a moral way, but perhaps not with the same moral commitment as the Charitable Agency. If the government takes my funds and distributes it to some who may be needy, but to others who may not - - or worse, to some who are accepting the money because they have become addicted to it - - then I see no claim to morality on my part. Moreover, the gov't's claim to morality can be viewed, in part, at somewhat on par with that of a thief and drug pusher. Read the article. What do you think?

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 OUR FOUNDERS PAID CONSIDERABLEATTENTION TO THE TASK OFCONSTRUCTING A GOVERNMENTTHAT WOULD OFFER TRUE JUSTICEAND HAPPINESS TO ITS CITIZENS.
John Adams left a wise legacy,when he said:
 
"OUR CONSTITUTION WAS MADE ONLYFOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.IT IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THEGOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER."
A DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE MORALITY OFGOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENTS
 
 
THE NOTED FRENCH POLITICAL
ANALYST AND PHILOSOPHER,
DE MONTESQUIEU (1689-1755)ONCE SAID:
"THE DETERIORATION OF EVERYGOVERNMENT BEGINS WITH THEDECAY OF THE PRINCIPLES ONWHICH IT WAS FOUNDED."
 
A CAREFUL EXAMINATION OF SOME OF THE CHANGESGOING ON IN CURRENT DAY AMERICA CAUSES ONESOME SERIOUS PAUSE. THIS ARTICLE OFFERS SOMETHOUGHTS WHICH CAUSE ME CONCERN AND I HOPE TOCONVEY THOSE TO YOU AS WELL.
 
OUR NATION ADRIFT FROM ITS PRINCIPLES
 
 
America’s Early settlers left England
because they felt too manyrestrictions on their beliefs and livesfrom the various Kings and their administrations.They hoped to build new lives in aSociety that offered more freedom of thought and action. Over the years,frictions with the home country andthe imposition of laws from a remoteregion, became more and moreintolerable.
 
So grew a disdain for laws based on the “divine right of KINGS”. Belief turned to rights endowed to the CITIZENS
by their Creator. It proved a powerful concept.BUT . . . .
 
FROM THE BEGINNING, AMERICANS RECOILED AT THE
“DEVINE RIGHT OF KINGS”

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