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February 15, 2005

When Did I Become a Policy Wonk?

I'm going to address Rick's post below later tonight. For now, let me establish one thing that I (apparently) haven't made clear. When I suggest that I find the liberal welfare state to be un-Biblical, I don't mean to suggest that is (by default) sinful. I mean to say that Scripture establishes certain notions of government that I find overwhelmingly compatible with the free market. I think the Bible does very little to establish the State as a means of charity, laying that responsibility at the feet of individuals acting collectively - on a voluntary basis - in the Church. It's not sinful to accept a government handout, nor is it sinful to support some means of government assistance. Government-forced welfare is a sin only if it reaches a point that our sensitivities have been dulled to those around us, the taxes have harmed ability to help others and - here's the kicker - we have abdicated our responsibilities to the State and away from the Church and the private sector.

Posted by Matt at February 15, 2005 06:20 PM

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That's an excellent post! I've been arguing with the local libs that because I argue against State-supported and State-run [fill in the blank: education, charity, medical, etc], it doesn't mean that I'm against those things in and of themselves. The classic line in Moscow (ID): "if you don't support public schools, you don't support education." My response: you can support excellent education without supporting the government providing it -- like many other things.


Posted by: Dale Courtney at February 15, 2005 08:21 PM