Michael Medved
In the current budget debate, Democrats have belatedly acknowledged that we face serious deficit problems but they invoke the slogan “equal sacrifice” to justify their preferred solutions. They make the point that tax hikes must accompany any spending cuts—thereby equating the money that government takes from taxpayers with the money the government gives to those who benefit from entitlements and social programs.

This is dishonest and illogical: the fact that some people receive less from government, doesn’t mean others must give more. Letting people keep money they earned themselves maximizes freedom; giving out money that people never earned maximizes dependency.

Unfortunately, the “equal sacrifice” crowd never expects government itself to cut back on its power – by reducing its control through lowering crushing taxes, and trimming its influence by giving out fewer unearned rewards. 

Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
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