Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rights versus Wishes

In an article by Walter E. Williams, he states,

"To argue that people have a right that imposes obligations on another is an absurd concept. A better term for new-fangled rights to health care, decent housing and food is 'wishes.' If we called them wishes, I would be in agreement with most other Americans for I, too, wish that everyone had adequate health care, decent housing and nutritious meals. However, if we called them human wishes, instead of human rights, there would be confusion and cognitive dissonance. The average American would cringe at the thought of government punishing one person because her refused to be pressed into making someone else's wish come true.

Noe of my argument is to argue against charity. Reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man need is praise worthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else's pockets to do so is despicable and deserves condemnation."

Isn't this what government does with any tax like income tax, property tax, and etc.? Doesn't government take money from one person who earned it and give it to someone who hasn't earned it?

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