When the “wealthy” already pay far more in taxes and in tax percentage than everyone else, cutting taxes does not oppress the poor in favor of the rich in violation of Prov. 22:16. Cutting unjust taxes on the upper brackets comes at the expense of government, not other taxpayers. The biblical model for taxation is a single percentage for everyone. That model is the tithe (Lev. 27:30–33; Deut. 14:22–29). Since the rich pay a higher percentage than the lower brackets now, then the system in thoroughly unjust and lowering taxes on the rich is a move toward biblical justice. Since the biblical standard for tax rates is far below ten percent (1 Sam. 8:15–17), eliminating most, if not all, taxes and the government programs they fund would be an even better step in that direction.
Prov. 22:16 does not prohibit cutting government deficits or budgets. In fact, just the opposite is true. Huge deficits place huge burdens of repayment on future generations. This is pledging the wealth and resources of everyone—including the poor—in many ways into perpetuity. And they don’t have a choice in this matter. Rulers will use their government powers to impose it by force. That’s oppression, and that’s why the nation is bankrupt—“poverty”—already.
- Joel McDermon, “Answers to a liberal Congresswoman’s Bible Questions," at http://americanvision.org/5660/answers-to-a-liberal-congresswomans-bible-questions/, (accessed 4/9/12).
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