This is something we need to think about. Many of us refer to us as social conservatives or economic conservative. Sorry, but that doesn’t cut it. If you’re conservative, you’re conservative, actually as usual what I really mean is classically liberal, of course. The thing is, if you believe in property rights, you recognize that you need to pay taxes for the government “to provide for the common defense” very few have trouble with that, whatever our differences on how the military should be used. But how are you going to justify using tax money to buy Sandra Fluke’s contraceptives. See the intersection here. You may believe in contraceptives, that’s fine, do what you think is right: I may not, which is also fine. What is objectively wrong is for you, by way of the government, to take, by force my property (tax money) for your contraceptives.
this article is by Star Parker, writing for Townhall.
Somehow we’ve come to accept, regarding government policy, that there are separate “economic” issues and “social” issues. The former being issues having to do with our pocketbook and the latter being issues touching religious values and behavior.
But this is a mistake. The economy is also a social “values” issue.
It’s about the extent to which we respect private property and it’s protected from politicians.
Respect for private property is disdained in socialist countries. Respecting the sanctity of private property reflects our values as much as does our respect for the sanctity of life and marriage.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees protection from being “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law.”
The Ten Commandments demand respect for marriage (honor your parents) and for life and property (don’t kill, don’t steal).
Consider the Obamacare mandate, which went into effect August 1, requiring employers to provide “free” contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs to employees as part of their health care plan.
The uproar about this has been about its violation of religious liberty – forcing employers to provide these services regardless of their religious convictions.
But this wouldn’t be possible without politicians seizing private resources of citizens to pay for this mandate.
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University activist who gained notoriety when she was verbally assaulted by Rush Limbaugh after she testified in favor of the contraceptive mandate, still promotes the cause.
In a recent Huffington Post column, she touts Obamacare as a victory for women’s “health care rights” and the fact that contraceptives are now available “at no cost.”
At no cost? Will contraceptives drop from heaven like manna?
In this case, women’s “health care rights” is a claimed right for women to have taxpayers foot the bill for their birth control – to get others to pay for their contraceptives and abortion-inducing pills.
The “right” to transfer to others the costs of personal decisions regarding sex trumps taxpayers right to keep government out of their private property.
When blacks fought for civil rights in the 1960’s, the rights they fought for were equal treatment under the law. Protection of their life, liberty, and property.
It had nothing to do with claiming any so-called right to violate the private property of some and force them to pay for another’s lifestyle choices.
The costs of Obamacare, including paying for Sandra Fluke’s contraceptives, come out of our hide in the higher prices we’ll pay for products, as companies pass on their higher health care costs to consumers. And as wages stagnate, as employers take bigger chunks of paychecks to cover health insurance costs.
The CEO of Papa John’s Pizza recently said that Obamacare will add 11 to 14 cents in cost to each pizza delivered.
University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales notes in his new book “A Capitalism for the People”, “If workers feel poorer, it is because rising health insurance premiums have been swallowing up most of their real wage increases of recent years.” Premiums for family coverage, per Zingales, rose 50 percent from 2003 to 2010.
According to economist Art Laffer, government stimulus spending over the last five years totaled $4 trillion. That’s almost $13,000 for every American man, woman, and child. Our money, spent by politicians, according to Laffer, on “banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can’t make it on their own, unemployment benefits, and the like.”
And think about this some more; the government gave its buddies $13,ooo of your (you, not your family’s) money. If I had to guess, I’d say it cost them $10,000 to more to administer that money given how inefficient government is. Think $23,ooo more in your paycheck would have made your life better? Yeah, me too. That’s the problem with government planned economies, they don’t use your money the way you would, nor do they use it efficiently. Ok, granted, you only paid about 40% of that money, in taxes, some came from borrowing, which is money that could not be loaned to companies that produce things , and jobs, the rest they simply printed, which raised the price of everything else you buy.
How can we possibly have a functioning economy when politicians can randomly steal from citizens? When, basically, we have legalized theft.
Our economic crisis is also a crisis in values.
At the root of our floundering economy is a loss of respect for the sanctity of private property that goes hand in hand with the loss of respect for the sanctity of life and marriage.
Values are about your rights and your property, they are not separable from economic concerns.
- Crisis of Values (theburningplatform.com)
- Obamacare Mandate: Sterilize 15-Year-Old Girls for Free–Without Parental Consent By Sabrina Gladstone (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)
- Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Requirement (pattidudek.typepad.com)
- 60 Plus Warning About ObamaCare (americanclarion.com)
- Police kicked to the curb after unlawfully entering private property (usapartisan.com)
- Feds backpedal on contraceptive mandate, again (wnd.com)
Authored By nebraskaenergyobserver