Betsy Speicher

End All Government Subsidies

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The following letter was sent to the Chicago Tribune on July 30, 2007.

End All Government Subsidies

Re: "Cut farm welfare" (July 26, 2007)

Your editorial is right that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to subsidize millionaire farmers. But they shouldn't be forced to subsidize anyone else either. No American should be forced to subsidize the activities of another.

The idea that one person's needs are a moral claim on the assets of others has been used to justify countless "redistribution" schemes, from farm subsidies to welfare handouts to foreign aid. But this idea is false and unjust. Individuals have a moral right to what they earn--not to what others earn.

Taxing one person to transfer his wealth to others is a violation of his rights and, like any "redistribution" scheme, is not a legitimate government function. The government should protect our property from those who would steal it--not steal it from us and give it to those who did not earn it. In the name of justice, we should end all government subsidies.

David Holcberg

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