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Does the Bible really say that taxes are bad and we have no collective responsibility for the poorest amongst us?

The Bible is silent or says affirmatively every man IS responsible for all men to the extent they can.
Some specific quotes:

Matthew 19:21 "Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Deuteronomy 15:7-11
 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,  but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.  Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near’, and your eye look grudgingly[a] on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin.  You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.  For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Exodus 22:25
 “If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a money-lender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
By this standard is the Governments student loan interest to poor people unchristian?

Matthew 25:37-40
 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
David Wilkerson gives a strong message with "prophetic urgency." He clearly shows that the "prosperity gospel" teaching that gain is godliness is unscriptural and a lie from hell.

Topic: Prosperity Gospel
Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 11:14, 1 Timothy 6:5     
Description: David Wilkerson gives a strong message with "prophetic urgency." He clearly shows that the "prosperity gospel" teaching that gain is godliness is unscriptural and a lie from hell. Surely this is a word from God to a generation of Christians in America that have swallowed this ear tickling teaching up to their demise.

Psalm 82:3
 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Luke 6:20
Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

Leviticus 25:35

Help for the Poor
The LORD said:
If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them, just as you are supposed to help foreigners who live among you.

1 John 3:17-18
If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.  Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.
The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street can be a game changer start towards a fairer, more democratic, more humane, more balanced, and more moral American Tax System.

This tiny sales tax on Wall Street is:
.5% on stocks, just $.50 (50 cents) for each $100 of stock trades;
.1% on bonds, just $.10 (ten cents) for each $100 of bond trades;
.005% on derivative speculation in currencies, commodities, or other trades, just $.005 (half a penny) for each $100 of trades

The revenue generated is estimated by economists to be up to 350 billion each year!

The Robin Hood Tax can be a game changer for a fairer, more democratic, more humane, more balanced, and more moral American Tax System.

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  •  This idea, which I favor in concept, will never be (1+ / 0-)
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    seriously considered by the US Congress until the name is changed to something less provocative, like a "transaction fee"

    While a popular fictional character, Robin Hood was committing crimes. Why would we want to name a tax for someone who was operating outside the law?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:56:52 PM PDT

  •  well, if Jesus says it (1+ / 0-)
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    I guess we better do it!

    700 Club is that way.

  •  Bad Idea. (1+ / 0-)
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    The US has a strong financial market. People come from all over to trade here and we collect taxes from the salaries and profits earned on those trades.

    The Transaction Tax will drive some, maybe most, of that business overseas...

    ...where we can't regulate it.

    ...and can't tax the income of traders.

    ...and we'll lose the jobs it provides.

    If you look at who's behind this "Robin Hood" tax you'll see it's a bunch of non-Americans, mostly Europeans. These guys don't care how many jobs are lost on Wall Street or how much it hurts the NYC economy.

  •  Bad Math makes Progressives look dumb. (1+ / 0-)
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    Can we talk about this claimed $350 billion that this tax will generate?  I can't see how they get that number without admitting that this tax will be borne by all investors.

    For the 4th quarter of 2010, the whole financial sector made profits of only $57.7 billion. Let's guesstimate that that is (57 x 4) $280 billion/year.

    That's all profit, not just trading profit. That's interest earned, investment banking profits, mortgage points, everything, even the $2.00 you must pay when you use an ATM that's not owned by your bank.

    How do the Robin Hood advocates expect us to believe they can cut a $350 billion steak from a $280 billion cow?

    Not only is this a bad proposal, it is one that highlights the cluelessness of its' advocates. It makes us look dumb.

    We have proven policies that reduce inequality. Income taxes. Capital Gains Taxes. Union membership. Why are we wasting time with this crazy Transaction Tax?

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