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TAXES: Charity does not depend on government

Letter by David C. Woods, University Place on Dec. 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm | 125 Comments »
December 23, 2010 2:22 pm

Re: “It seems that we voted our values” (letter, 12-23).

The letter writer extols the virtues of paying taxes so that some of our taxes can be used to support social services. She states that voting Christians should not to vote to limit taxes, because by doing so, we are avoiding our obligation to love our neighbors.

This is complete hogwash. Our society today has moved to the point where we are more and more dependent on the government to do everything for us. If taxes were limited to fund just the basic government services, there would be more available in private hands to to donate for charitable causes.

There is no law requiring government to fund all social services. With true love in our hearts, we should give freely to support such causes. This could be done through the private sector, utilizing nonprofit organizations in place of government-supported organizations.

In the true spirit of Christmas, we should all examine our hearts to determine whether it is possible to turn society away from government reliance to reliance upon ourselves.

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