Our Threatened Freedom

Who Gets Hurt By Budget Cuts? (02:52)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:02 Who gets hurt by the budget cuts? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:10 As I travel back and forth across the United States, I find one dependable note in the television news, whenever a State or a Federal budget is up for consideration. We are told that the budget cuts will hurt the poor and the aged, and we are shown some people who are going to suffer if the budget is cut.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:31 Now these stories may be true but the statistics tell us that budgets are increasing and the cuts are usually in the amounts of the proposed increases. This is not all. We are not told why some of our overgrown bureaucracies are not cut, nor why our legislators do not cut their own expenditures.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:59 Next time we have budget talks, I would like to see interviews with the kind of people I know and recognize. One man tells me I’m out of work. They are raising my property tax. Another says, I have had only a few days of work in three months but the Internal Revenue Service is claiming I owe them $400 from a year ago and they may seize my pickup truck. One woman in her eighties is upset because the IRS claims that she owes them $100.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:37 The real news out there is that millions are finding taxation oppressive and confiscatory. The major burden for many is big government.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:51 A few years ago when proposition 13 was on the California ballot, the argument against it was that police and fire protection would be cut if the measure passed. None of this proved to be true. The same argument was used in other states. Nothing was said about cutting down on our bureaucracies.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:12 I submit that we are getting the same ploy with respect to budget cuts. The poor and the handicapped are told that they will get the ax. The legislators do not ax the useless and overstaffed agencies.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:31 The idea seems to be to lay a guilt trip on everyone who wants lower taxes to make them feel like hardhearted Simon Legrees. Is it too much to expect honesty about budgets?

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:46 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder