You’re Being Robbed!
If I walked into your house and began to take your valuables what would you do? Shoot me? Maybe. I’m sure some of you would…(Put down the gun Abit...) Or at the very least you would call the cops and have me arrested. And you would probably demand your valuables back.
What if I told you that I was robbing you but I was going to give it all to Charity?
And I meant it.
Every penny I earn stealing from you will go either to feed/clothe the poor/starving or to provide medical care for those who don’t have it.
So, (let’s assume I’m telling the truth and you believe me) can I steal your property now?
What do you mean no?
What’s that? You’re an environmentalist you say? You would rather I spend your money to help save an endangered species or a whale or a wetland or two? Alright, it seems a little silly to me, but that’s fine, I promise to do some of that as well...
In fact, I’m also going to fund a few wars to promote freedom and democracy in the world…and I'll try to keep all harmful drugs from coming into this country, so that your kids will be safe from Puff the Magic Dragon.
I will even invest in roads and bridges, as well as clean energy and I'll build national parks.
Hey, I’m starting to sound like a pretty nice thief! I mean, I’m well-intentioned and I’m doing everything for the greater good of mankind. And I’m not asking for anything in return...
What’s that you say? I am asking for something? Your property?
Well…I mean…sure if I had let you keep it, then you could’ve spent it on things you really wanted. But you didn’t really need that new car. I feed the poor instead. You didn’t really need a home of your own. I built a shelter for one hundred homeless people.
Sure. Maybe you would’ve given more money to your church and they would’ve spent it more wisely and more efficiently. Or maybe you would have given a scholarship grant to a medical school and allowed some kid to cure cancer. But I couldn’t count on your charity. I have a moral obligation to steal from you, so that others may benefit.
Besides, you don’t need your property. In fact, it’s not even yours. It’s mine. I’ve been taking it from you for nearly a hundred years. Sometimes directly with the threat of jail time for when you don't pay up. Extortion you say? Nonsense.
Sometimes, of course, I simply created money out of thin air, which in turn makes your money worth less. More sneaky yes, but stealing from you nevertheless.
Don’t you see though? I have to steal from you. It’s for the good of everyone. It’s so we can create the best of all possible worlds. It’s so Big Brother can take care of you...Don't worry. I’ll keep you safe...I just need you to remain ignorant awhile longer, so each year I can steal a little more of your property.
The United States Government and The Federal Reserve