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Vail Daily letter: How tea party sees it

Jim Runavich
Vail, CO, Colorado

In response to Mr. Van Ens’ column Sunday: It is obvious that Van Ens has no idea what the tea party is all about.

It is not about cutting taxes to the rich. The platform is about a huge, bloated government that has proved it is clueless in looking out for the people’s money. It has the power to tax, but we give it that power. It has proved reckless and irresponsible. The tea party wants the power back with the people.

Our national debt is $14 trillion. A business could lose $1 million a day for the past 2,000 years and still not have lost $1 trillion – a million dollars a day since Jesus walked the earth – and still only lose less than one-fourteenth of what our government has squandered.

Wars have cost $1.1 trillion since 2001. Where did the other $12.9 trillion go? Government spending much of that on entitlement programs for, wait, wait … the poor! Does it make sense to continue to take money from some people and give it to others and continue to accrue massive amounts of insurmountable debt that future generations will have to pay?

The tea party is saying we will no longer give you our money to redistribute and continue to fiscally destroy our country in the process.

A picture of government efficiency: The U.S. Postal Service is broke. Social Security is broke. Fannie Mae is broke. Freddie Mac is broke. The War on Poverty was started in 1964 – $1 trillion of our hard-earned money is taken each year and transferred to “the poor.” It hasn’t worked. Medicare and Medicaid are both broke.

And Van Ens wants to give that government more of our money!

Where in the Bible does God say life has to be fair? Life is not fair. Justice is not always served. This is not how it should be, and it is not what a society should seek. However, unfairness and injustice happen. That is the result of living in a fallen world.

Where is the fairness in the bottom 50 percent of Americans paying no federal income tax at all? Our poor are wealthier than 99 percent of all people who have ever lived in the history of the world. Still, Jesus made no pretenses about the poor, as in John 12:8, “For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

Where in Scripture does Jesus command a government to take your money and redistribute it to others? I can count at least 37 Bible verses that encourage and implore us to give freely and willingly to those in need and the poor, and zero that demand government do it for us.

You could say give to Ceasar’s what is Caesar’s, but in this country we vote for what is Caesar’s. And we have voted. We are the most charitable nation in the history of the world. Let us do it, not government.

Jim Runavich


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