Salon Lectures Republicans on Christian Charity, Forgets Welfare Isn't Charity

Luke Holley, 4, receives his gift from Santa Claus at the Savannah Elks Lodge #183 Christmas gathering Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Savannah, Ga.. The Elks Lodge invited 175 children and their families from Hunter Army Airfield, Ft. Stewart, Safe Shelter, Salvation Army and the local Aidmore Foster Home program out to their Southside lodge to celebrate the season. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Christianity has some very specific things to say about taking care of the poor. People of the Christian faith are charged with giving to the needy and helping the poor and sick.

Salon, however, thinks Republican Christians are ignoring their faith. Never mind that many conservatives aren't Christians in the first place, Salon argues that the GOP is working against the Bible with their tax plan.

Yes, really.

In "Taxing the rich to help the poor? What the Bible says isnโ€™t what the GOP says," writer Mathew Schmalz goes into great detail on the moral failings of the GOP. In particular, he attacks opposition to welfare programs that divert money from those who earn it and give it to those who do not.

Unfortunately, he fails at every level.

It's not charitable to spend other people's money on the poor. This isn't rocket science. Yet liberals continue to miss the point over and over again.

When the government takes money from people under threat of force, it takes away people's ability to help the poor. Worse, however, is that for many people the government also takes away any feeling of obligation to help the poor. "I pay taxes. What more do you want?" they ask.

However, government is horribly inefficient at distributing much of anything.