It is popular in some quarters to scoff at the modest tax rebates now being mailed out. What will people do with them? Buy a couple tankfuls of gas, an evening's dinner, perhaps a few gifts. Meanwhile, we have unmet social needs! The money should go to the schools, the homeless, to society's victims! What sort of callous, unfeeling society would deny these needs?
I'll tell you what sort. It's a society that believes that the dollars earned by wage earners belong to those who earn them, and not to the state.
It is entirely right that those rebates represent a drop in the bucket to most people. But it is also true that these funds represent a drop in the bucket of those who seek to set our social agenda.
"The needs are so great," we are told, which is why our rebates should be canceled and our taxes raised. But under that slogan there is no end. To hold the needs of others as paramount is to sanction an open-ended raid on the people's wages and earnings, limited only by their ability to pay.