You pass a homeless man on the street in New York City who asks you for some spare change. Your heart bleeds for the man but before you put your hand in your pocket the inevitable thought races through your mind: Will he use this money for food, alcohol, or drugs?
A friend or family member overcomes his pride and asks you for a substantial loan because he has hit on hard times. You discuss it with your spouse and agree to lend him thousands of dollars. A month later you go by his house and he shows you his new deck he just added to his house.
You feel betrayed. You feel like they took advantage of you and your good nature. In both these instances, the implication is the funds given and received will be used for the intended purpose.
I want to focus on the person giving the money. The giver does not want the money given spent on anything but the intended use. I think most of us understand that concept and understand why the giver may be upset if they learn the money they gave was used for something else.
That is why I am thrilled the Supreme Court has finally started acting as defenders of the Constitution in its recent rulings.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that public-sector unions in Illinois cannot collect fees from home health care workers who don’t want to be part of a union. In concept it is a victory for private sector workers who are forced to join unions against their will or conscious. I do not think the ruling went far enough. I was hoping the Supreme Court would see the vice on free speech that unions enjoy by stealing money from people who do not want to be part of a union.
Monday was a banner day for free speech. The Supreme Court also ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.
This is another victory for the giver of money. I do not agree with ObamaCare but if you do the intention is to provide healthcare for the uninsured – whether they want it or not. Contraceptive is not healthcare in my mind and I see no difference between forcing people to pay union dues against their will and forcing them to but healthcare for others.
Taxes are not meant to be a blank check for politicians to curry favor with constituents. Taxes are not meant to take from the “Haves” and give to the “Have Nots”. In essence, taxes are fees for necessary services. Taxes are for the necessities of running a nation – the infrastructure and defense. A necessity is not social re-engineering or providing people a free ride so you can get re-elected.
There is an implied understanding when you lend money to someone that the funds will be used for bare necessities and not luxury items. I pay taxes and expect that money be used for keeping me safe and ensuring the nation operates efficiently. I do not expect my money to be used to advance some political hack’s career.
The Supreme Court finally took a step in the right direction in saving this nation from a precipitous fall into tyranny. Now it must continue to defend the Constitution and not an out-of-control, egomaniacal president.