Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Principle of Expediency?

On April 15 while driving in Moscow, Idaho, I came across several hundred people having a tax “tea party”. As I understand it was one of several hundred such parties across the United States. I have not participated in these kinds of events.

A few days later we received two letters from the Social Security Administration telling us that each of us was having $250.00 deposited into our bank accounts. This was from the law signed by President Obama in February.

I immediately made out a check to the US Treasury for $500.00. I am sending it to our senator to give to the Secretary of the Treasury.

There were several reasons for this action:

1. We are not AIG, Chrysler, General Motors, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America – we are not too big to fail. We may be too small, but we are not failing. Our home is paid for, as is our car.
2. To send $250.00 to each of millions of Social Security recipients is irresponsible and immoral. It is either conscious money or buying votes.
3. We have already received more money from Social Security than we have ever put into it.

Here is a motto I have followed all my life:

“Where principle is involved, be deaf to expediency.”

Here is a quote from Jeeves in the “Return of Jeeves” describing Britain in 1953:

“We are now living in what is known as the Welfare State, which means – broadly – that everybody is completely destitute.”


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David said...

Since Social Security has given you more money than you've put into it, do you think you should simply stop taking Social Security?