Leave it to Government to mess up a good thing.
This post is in response to Pastor Steve’s post Absolutely Unbelievable.
I will start off by copying the comment I left on his blog, then expound.
While I disagree with you on some of the principal of the AIG issue, it is terrible that the Church cannot continue this program to help its members in light of all the handouts government has doled out lately. I would be interested to know on what grounds they could fine the Church for this program. I also hope there is a work around so that we can continue SOAR, without that threat. I’m sure that you already have people looking into that. Silly government, getting involved in everyone’s lives.
Why I disagree about AIG:
Whether or not the government should have bailed out AIG, I don’t know, and I haven’t done enough research into that issue. The reason I don’t have a problem with their spending on this retreat is as follows. “AIG insiders yesterday admitted after the hearing that the company paid for the retreat but said it was designed as a reward for a group of high performing self-employed life insurance agents – not AIG executives.” If AIG had not spent this money on this retreat for these agents, and another insurance firm approached these agents and said “AIG did not follow through on this reward for you, we won’t do that.” You would likely see a lot of agents no longer selling AIGs products, and therefore worsening AIG’s financial situation. Going through with this retreat was a business decision, and I think a good one.
Not only did the government give billions of dollars to AIG, but they also have created the 700 billion dollar bailout that has done nothing so far. In addition we spend billions every year on entitlement programs such as unemployment, welfare, social security, etc., etc. that we get forced to pay for at gun point. Then when we try to, through a charitable organization, provide similar aid there’s all kinds of flaming hoops and red tape to go through. I think one of the driving reasons behind this is that people in government like the power they have, and want to 1. make sure they keep it, and 2. get more of it. If government controls peoples’ well being, via their income, via welfare they control the people. If the people have other organizations to depend on, LWFC for example, they will not depend on government as much. If they depend on government less, government has less control/power. If government has less power, government is not happy. Therefore they pass tax laws to ensure that people cannot get the aid they need from private charities and therefore have to depend on government. In addition, they take money that people may be willing to pay to private charities away, by taxing it away from them to pay for government programs before the people have a chance to donate it.
The Fair Tax. Under the Fair Tax all federal taxes would be paid through a national retail sales tax. There would be no need for the Church to worry about tax filing and tax laws and tax fines and all that stuff. There would be no need for people that give money to the church to worry about “writing off charitable donations”. All tax transactions and requirements would be satisfied every time you, the Church, or myself purchased a new good or service, the end. Our program continues, the taxes get paid on that money on those cards when the people buy goods from the store with those cards, everybody goes home happy, well everyone except government because they will obviously have much less power, but as far as I’m concerned that is a good thing.