Gov. Kasich: God Wants Ohio To Expand Medicaid. Seriously?
When I heard what Governor Kasich said about Medicaid expansion, all that went through my mind was John McEnroe’s famous proclamation, “You cannot be serious”. I found what Kasich said in this article, Gov. Kasich: God Wants Ohio To Expand Medicaid, by Jason Hart, at redstate.com. The article quotes him as follows, “….. I had a conversation with…… one of the members of the legislature the other day. I said, ‘I respect the fact that you believe in small government. I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.’” Kasich’s statement sounds like the social justice canard that “people of faith” use as a bludgeon to shame people into conceding before there can be any rational argument about a policy.
First of all society can’t be charitable, only individuals can be charitable. Individuals own the goods and services they produce. Individuals also own their labor and therefore own what they receive in exchange for their labor. Individuals decide whether they will consume, save, exchange, or give away what they’ve produce. Charity is simply an individual deciding to giving away what he has come to own because of his production.
Government can’t be charitable because it is not an individual. Individual politicians and bureaucrats in Government cannot be charitable because what they give away they neither produced nor owned. Individuals in Government have to first steal, through taxation, the wealth that they distribute. Redistributing what has been stolen, after pocketing a portion of it, is not charity. I’m willing to bet God doesn’t think theft is charity, based on his commandment, “Thou shall not steal”.
God gave each of us free will, which allows us to do what we please. If God doesn’t force us to accept him, or his word, why would a man of faith, like Gov. Kasich, think he knows more than God when it comes to charity being voluntary or forced. This violates his commandment, “Thou shall have no other gods before me”.
I don’t think Gov. Kasich’s meeting with St. Peter will go as well as he thinks based simply on theft and hubris.
One more observation: Why isn’t the left hammering Kasich for forcing his morality on them? Probably because the left always forces their morality on everybody through Government power, and in this case they want Government to expand.
Whats the difference between John McEnroe and John Kasich? John McEnroe isn’t sanctimonious.
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