by Murray Sabrin’s Road to Liberty
I sent the following letter to the editor (The Record) this morning in response to the essay by several members of the clergy.
Re “Why we support Gov. Murphy’s millionaires tax,” (Your Turn, May 24″).
The essay by several North New Jersey clergy reveals not only their economics ignorance but also a broken moral compass – which is an unfortunate given they make weekly sermons from their respective pulpits.
The essay writers applaud New Jersey’s “progressive” governor for his commitment to “tackling racial disparities in wealth, income, healthcare, and the criminal justice system.” Disparities in income, wealth and healthcare have many causes, ranging from the Federal Reserve’s policies that redistribute income from lower and middle-income families to the one per cent, to families headed by a single parent, and unnecessary regulations, such as licensing, which create barriers for low-income individuals to enter the economic mainstream.
And yes the failed war on drugs incarcerates people of color more than any other racial/ethnic group. Thus, ending drug prohibition and treating addiction as a medical issue would be a major step in criminal justice reform.
Regrettably, the clergy writers embrace a Marxist perspective on taxes and society, namely, “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.” In addition, when the notorious bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks he replied, “that’s where the money is.” Using Willie Sutton tactics will never resolve society’s problems.
Instead of embracing both Karl Marx and Willie Sutton’s worldviews, members of the clergy should embrace one of God’s commandments, “Thou shalt not steal.”