Some politicians argue that religious values should be reflected in the public square. Should this faith-based view of politics be applied to the economy? Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
In a time of economic turmoil and record poverty levels, are tax cuts for the wealthy moral?
Elizabeth Tenety on December 13, 2010 2:57 PM
At a time when the government deficit is spiraling, the vast majority of individuals and families are still reeling from an economic recession that has ceased to hit the wealthy but continues to blast the working and middle classes, and income disparity is at the highest level since the Great Depression, then, yes, a tax cut for the wealthy is immoral.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on December 17, 2010 8:44 AM
Extending the tax cuts to the most wealthy may not be immoral, but it is definitely out of line with the Christian commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself," and to be concerned with "the least of these."
Posted by Susan K. Smith, on December 15, 2010 4:32 PM
In Luke's version of the beatitudes Jesus pronounced woe upon the rich, and several of his parables indicate God's judgment upon those who amass fortunes and pay no attention to the poor. On one occasion, Jesus said that it is more difficult for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.
Posted by Gene Davenport, on December 15, 2010 3:36 PM
The challenge of applying broad moral principles to the specifics of legislation always requires prudence in a pluralistic democracy. But the great policy debates of our time - including fierce ideological battles raging now over taxes and the role of government - are at their heart profound moral issues.
Posted by Jennifer Butler, on December 15, 2010 12:46 PM
Jesus summarized the law and the prophets in the equally simple but difficult commandments to love God and love our neighbor. Ending these tax cuts would do both, obeying God's law and loving those who come after us.
Posted by Janet Edwards, on December 14, 2010 3:52 PM
In the current economic climate,maintaining current tax rates for the wealthy (in the short term) might be a small price to pay for securing the greatest good for the greatest number of people over the long term.
Posted by Rajdeep Singh, on December 14, 2010 3:49 PM
Our tax policies in this country are a way to help our neighbors who are the "least of these," as Jesus also notes. We "distribute the money" so that we can help those who are the most vulnerable like children, the sick, those with handicapping conditions, and the elderly.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on December 14, 2010 10:43 AM
I don't care what Jesus, Yahweh, Zeus, Allah, or Vishnu purportedly might have said or thought about tax cuts for the wealthy. You don't have to be religious to believe that government has a fundamental obligation to help those who can't help themselves.
Posted by Herb Silverman, on December 14, 2010 6:38 AM