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[COMMENT: This piece below came in an email on the failure of "single payer" health care in Massachusetts, and expresses (for me) a new thought (or better, rephrases what I already knew). We must be careful about that to which we say we have a right. No one has a "right" to someone else's productivity. God does indeed put an obligation on the wealthy to share their wealth, but neither I nor anyone else can claim that wealth as my personal right. That is partly because charity is a freewill gift, not a legally enforceable (coercible) obligation.
The key phrase is "Rights are freedoms of action (such as
the right to free speech), not automatic claims on goods and services that must
be produced by another." This view supports the Biblical
principle of Equal Opportunity, not
the socialist principle of Equal Results.
We live by the grace of God, and to some extent, by the grace of each other.
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