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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., ChurchMilitant, February 5, 2018
In his hallmark encyclical on capital and labor, Pope Leo XIII attacked the socialists’ tax and spend mentality that President Donald Trump is in the process of dismantling.
In last week’s State of the Union address, President Trump highlighted his administration’s creation of “2.4 million new jobs” and the lowering of “tax rates for hard-working Americans.” While the socialist Democrats in attendance were glum, the address was in sync with Pope Leo XIII’s famous encyclical Rerum Novarum that trounced the socialist mentality of parental government.
In his 1891 encyclical, Leo XIII decried tax and spend bureaucracy that enslaved citizens to the state:
[S]ocialists, working on the poor man’s envy of the rich … contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the state or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy.
America’s president Trump made no bones about whose needs he was elected to look after. “My duty and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.” He said this wouldn’t be done by exalting “government and bureaucracy” but rather by focusing instead on “faith and family” as he restated, “In God we trust.”
The Democrats, however, owing to their socialist mentality of fostering a welfare state, didn’t find a reason to applaud Trump’s speech which was well received by 70 percent of the American people, according to CNN’s poll.
The lack of applause by Democrats for Trump’s pro-working class policies was previously decoded by Leo XIII, who said tax and spend politicians really aren’t for the worker:
Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life.