Marybeth Hicks

What do you get for that membership? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Just the pleasure of donating part of your child’s much-needed assistance to the union’s coffers. As for SEIU, it may use those funds in virtually any way it likes, including for political lobbying and campaigning.

Siphoning funds from unsuspecting citizens is a problem, but to be clear, the crucial issue isn’t the money. It’s the independence lost when we sublimate our liberty to anyone who may then assert the right to tell us how to live our lives. These are the “strings” that are always - always! - attached to money that is given and not earned.

Expect much more of the same. As assistance programs grow, so will the burgeoning bureaucracies to tell us how best to live. (To wit: Here’s your general assistance check, here’s a cup, there’s the bathroom.) And why not, we might say? Those of us paying taxes ought to have a sense that our tax dollars aren’t being wasted on programs that don’t work and people who won’t make the most of our money.

Except, as forced unionization scams demonstrate time and again, every dime a government redistributes is tied up with a string. The loss of freedom that comes with growing government in our lives is incremental at first, and perhaps confined only to a relative few, but it eventually will creep into all our lives as the price we pay for the care we expect from the state.

The state giveth, but so too the state will taketh away your freedom - just like that rich grandma who offers to finance your house.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).