Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Forced to Subsidize Farmers
By David Holcberg (Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2007; Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2008; Boston Herald, May 27, 2008; Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 29, 2008)
Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to subsidize farmers or anyone else. The idea that one person's needs are a moral claim on the assets of others has been used to justify countless redistribution schemes, from farm subsidies to welfare handouts to foreign aid.
But this idea is unjust. Individuals have a moral right to what they earn--not to what others earn.
The government should protect our property from those who would steal it--not steal it from us and give it to those who did not earn it.