With Paul Ryan shooting across the political sky with a blazing light, the Left is getting worried. The latest attack is to trot out Catholics who claim that, because Paul Ryan objects to wealth redistribution, he’s anti-Catholic. After all, say these Catho-Lefto pundits, what could be more generous than allowing the government to use its overwhelming police power to rob from the rich to give to the poor? Not everyone is buying that, with some thoughtful people pointing out that, to the extent that charity is supposed to enrich the giver as much as the beneficiary, forcible redistribution fails completely at a moral level.
Incidentally, the fear that allowing the state to step in for charity dries up the individual conscience isn’t unfounded. The numbers prove that fewer people practice personal altruism if the state does it for them.