THE FRAUDULENCE OF USING RELIGION TO PROMOTE HIGHER TAXES
LIKE IT IS, an ABC network show about "African American" affairs, broadcast a half hour Bill Moyers' rant from the pulpit of a church. Moyers took the occasion to bash the Bush administration, and conservatives in general. Among the things he condemned them for was cutting taxes on "the rich", and not helping the poor enough. He further accused the Bush administration with collaborating with the "Religious Right" to further his agenda. He almost came to tears as he bemoaned this as some unholy link between capitalism and religious fascism. As I watched this, it looked to me like nothing more than a hypocritical blowhard setting himself up like a rack of bowling pins. This guy Moyers has made millions off of the public largesse, through deals that sometimes have a bad smell themselves. As if that's not hypocritical enough, I take issue with his equating paying taxes with helping the poor as the bible means it. If one person can show me where the Bible says that paying taxes is the same as helping the poor, I'll eat my words. Moyers is using religion for his own political ends, just as he accuses Bush of doing. His is the typical position of Northeast liberals, who give less to charity than any other area of the country. They equate paying taxes with charity, without regard to the services they actually use themselves. I wonder how much of the money Moyers has made privately from the sale of his PBS documentaries was donated to charity? It seems that "he doth protest too much", and from the clearest of glass houses.
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