Some Americans believe in the founding principle that individuals are responsible for their own well-being and will voluntarily aid those in need. Others believe that people should be required to take care of their fellow citizens.
This latter group aims to use the power of the state to enforce its belief.
Thus, one group believes in personal responsibility and private charity. The other imposes “charity,” with the threat of prison behind it, on the productive sector of the economy through taxation and the redistribution of wealth.
This second approach constitutes a threat to liberty, to be sure, but there’s another...