I Don’t Care How Much Politicians Donate as Long as they Don’t Pick My Pocket

A number of posts on Facebook are making a big deal about how much money presidential candidates are or are not donating. The people who are interested in the percentages want the candidates to release their income tax returns.

I don’t care how much a candidate gives or doesn’t give. I want a candidate that won’t pick my pocket. This means that I want to know how he will reduce my taxes so I have more money to save, spend, invest, and donate, if that’s what I choose to do, the way I want to do these things. When millions of people have their own money to spend, jobs are created. When governments spend other people’s money, jobs are lost.

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We could get a president who gave away 20 percent of his income but who raised taxes that resulted in putting hundreds of billions of dollars of stolen money into the hands of government bureaucrats in such a way that makes the government seem charitable.

To me, a candidate’s taxing and spending policies are more important than how much money he’s donated. To care about what a person donates and not the oath he took to uphold the Constitution is to support the religion of the Scribes and Pharisees:

“The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. . . . Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matt. 23:2-7, 12).

Politicians do all of the above with other people’s money. They take an oath to uphold the Constitution, and then burden productive people. In the end, everyone loses except the politicians who take credit for what’s not theirs.

Democrats are viewed as the Party of Compassion because they take and give away other people’s money. So what did the Republicans do? They started to describe themselves as “Compassionate Conservatives.”

You can’t be compassionate with other people’s money. Only in the world of politics does money that’s taken from people by force and redistributed with checks that carry the emblazoned emblem of the Federal Government printed on them get described as an act of compassion.

To make the propaganda even worse, there’s an image of the Statue of Liberty printed along with the words ‘United States Treasury.’ How insidious is that? What our government does – with the full support of the majority of American voters – is tyranny in the guise of liberty.

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What a politician gives or doesn’t give does not affect me as long as he didn’t first take it from me. In fact, the less the government picks my pocket, the more I have to give to others if I choose to do so. I’m the sovereign over my possession, not the government and its massive unelected bureaucracy. Our system of government was never designed to give the power of the purse to voters so they can elect people to take money from some people to give it to other people.

One of the problems with our current taxing system is that we have to tell the government everything about us when we fill out our yearly tax forms and report our income, including the money we donate.

If we did not have an income tax, no one would know anything about how we spend our money or who we do or don’t support in a charitable way. That’s why I support the Fair Tax, a tax that’s paid at the point of sale like state sales taxes. Of course, I would want a drastic cut in spending along with the implementation of the Fair Tax.

Everyone would pay it: visitors to the United States, immigrants (legal and illegal), and even criminals. The IRS would be abolished. No filing. No reporting of income or deductions. April 15th would be just another day on the calendar.


Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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