Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Welfare vs. Self-Reliance or Pay Up or Shut Up!

In Economics, Opinion on March 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Some months ago, Chris Matthews of MSNBC said without hesitation or qualification that America[ns] should pay reparations to ‘black people’ (defined to include the current President of the United States? Is he black or white under your proposed program?). He averred that a lot of white people are wrong on the matter and that something should happen, and soon.

OK, Mr. Matthews, do you really believe that? If so, how much is due and owing?  Take that number and divide by 100,000,000 (approximate number of adult white men/women in America). Now send your check in that amount to your favorite African American, Michelle Obama comes to mind. If she doesn’t want or need your handout, we will let her decide what to do with your money.

Do you find that idea objectionable? Why? Because you think I should write a check too, or because ALL taxpayers should contribute? Or just because you don’t really have a program in mind that would benefit the First Lady?

In any case, you want to force me (and a few million other people) to do something we find objectionable for any number of reasons. I would never do that to you. I have merely suggested that you do something that you [claim to] support – pay reparations.  I will always permit you to do what you think is right. PAY UP or shut up, really. Why are you trying to force me do something I think is wrong, or prevent me from practicing and preaching the things I believe?

See, I believe in self-reliance as fervently and with as much thought and compassion as you believe in welfare. I will not stop you from practicing what you believe; I ask only, please, that you let me retain the same liberty.

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