The Denver Post reports:
Rabbi Joel Schwartzman of Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison gathered with faith leaders from across the state in support of Amendment 59.
Called “Embracing the Common Good,” the campaign has mobilized more than 2,500 Colorado congregations, including Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews, to vote in favor of the amendment, which focuses on the creation of a savings account for public schools.
“If you’re Jewish, you vote for this,” Schwartzman said.
Oh, really? I suspect I could come up with a list of quite a few Jewish people who intend to vote against it, and who would take Schwartzman’s condescending attitude with offense. His comment is rather like telling all blacks, whites, Hispanics, Catholics, Muslims, etc. that they will “vote for this,” whatever “this” is.
While there is a Judeo-Christian impetus toward altruism, which often manifests as support for the welfare state, quite a few religious people don’t approve of higher taxes and don’t think God demands them. I wonder why Sally Ho, author of the report, didn’t talk to some of those people.
But the broader point is that the alleged will of God, however that’s interpreted by various groups, should have nothing to do with politics.
At least House Speaker Andrew Romanoff offered a nonsectarian argument for the net tax hike: “We believe budgets are moral documents which must embody the common good and reflect our shared responsibility to each other.” Romanoff’s view is not tied to any religion (though it is indirectly inspired by Judeo-Christian altruism); it is a bald assertion of leftist collectivism. I do agree that we have a “responsibility to each other:” we have a responsibility to respect each other’s rights. Romanoff believes that the majority has the “responsibility” to seize by force the wealth of the minority and redistribute it to others. But legalized theft hardly makes society as a whole better off.
As for me and my house, we advocate individual rights.