Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
A recent letter to the editor, “Church assistance is redistribution,” stated that giving to a church is a form of redistribution that helps the less fortunate. Giving to a church or charity is a voluntary action. It is quite different when the federal government redistributes wealth.
First of all, the government, not the citizen, decides who is the less fortunate. Second, the government does not voluntarily get its money from the citizens, it seizes it through taxation.
The government also does not always redistribute money to the less fortunate. We see all too often how the government plays favorites with certain individuals, groups and businesses at the expense of others. The government also spends taxpayer money in the most inefficient manner.
Mitt Romney has been in both government and private business. He recognizes that individuals know better than government how to spend our money. We are the most generous nation when it comes to giving to private charity. Just look at any natural disaster and you will see the American citizen on top giving to charity.