Speaking in Colorado on August 8th, President Obama said, "I don't think a working mom in Denver should have to wait to get a mammogram because money's tight."
What do YOU think she should do?
Would it be morally correct to force the imaging center to provide the mammogram for free?
What about holding someone up at gunpoint and using their money to pay for the service?
What if a majority of people in the area voted to allow her to rob someone to pay for the mammogram?
What if a majority voted to empower someone else to take the money from others and give it to the woman to pay for her mammogram?
If taking 100% of someone's earnings makes that person a slave, at what point would they no longer be considered a slave? If they get to keep 10% of their earnings are they no longer a slave? 25%? 51%?
Just because a majority votes to allow the IRS to take a portion of a person's earnings, and give it to "the needy" is it no longer theft? Is the victim no longer a slave?
If I can't put gas in my car because money's tight, may I take the gas without paying, or force someone else to pay for it?
What if money's tight and the President wants to kill a sixteen year-old Colorado native in Yemen with a drone, is it okay to take money from working Americans to pay for the hellfire missle?
What if the President wants to arm al-Qeada rebels in Syria but money's tight? Or keep more troops stationed in Iraq than were there when the stature of Hussein was toppled. Or continue the occupation of Afghanistan AND send a team to the Olympics, when we boycotted the 1980 Olympics because the Soviets were occupying Afghanistan?
How much of what the government does in your name would you be willing to voluntarily pay for if the money wasn't already being taken from you? You and I might both be willing to help that working mom, but would you really want to pay for the assassinations? The occupations? Would you really want to pay to put SO many people in cages just for smoking a dried plant? Or supply weapons to Mexican drug gangs? Would you willingly kick in to build a data center in Utah to collect and store all of our emails and cell phone conversations?
Maybe we should stop kidding ourselves that taxation isn't theft and that those of us who pay income tax are not really slaves. Repeal the 16th amendment and set up a "Chip-In" account for Uncle Sam, or a Kickstarter page. List the things that "need" to be paid for, and see what the American people really feel their government should be doing. I think we would all be pleasantly surprised to see how generous Americans would be in taking care of the poor and elderly, educating our kids, or maintaining our infrastructure, and how stingy we could be when it came to sending money to dictators in other countries, or funding the TSA.