From a comment, here:
Your right we should be ashmaned of ourselves. and for Katrina too. I
dont like the republicans anymore. they inspire hate for our own, but
let scum like Iran breathe.
That’s quite a mix of things. I suppose the only way to tie them together is under a common premise of "entitlement."
Immigrants are entitled to social services. Katrina victims are
entitled to disaster relief. Americans at large are entitled to be
taken care of before those in other countries.
If you remove that premise, what do you have? Suppose nobody has a
right to take from me and you–or anyone else–without our say-so.
Note: I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with giving immigrants a
helping start. Not saying there’s anything wrong with massive relief
efforts for victims of natural disaster. Not saying there’s anything
wrong with various forms of assistance for Americans at large, or
"taking care of our own," first.
But stealing from me, you and every other productive person renders
all of those things the spoils of theft–not the
charity from good and kind people those things should be.
I don’t have a right to stop an immigrant from crossing a line on a
map–except as it concerns my own property; which means: I also don’t
have a right to steal your property or anyone else’s to help them. I
don’t have a right to stop you or anyone else from giving your last
nickel to help a disaster victim, but I have no right to compel you to
"give" a single nickel either, and no one has a right to compel me.
Taxation under threat of force tarnishes, ruins and embitters
everything that American charity–the greatest in the history of the
world–was supposed to be.
Theft is always stupid. It’s a shortcut that undercuts the benevolent humanity underlying all genuine charity.