Posted by: jhamon | August 3, 2009

Adrian Rogers on the Fallacy of Redistribution

Adrian Rogers

Adrian Rogers

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” 

Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 – 2005

(HT again to CH!)



  1. Fascinating that a Christian minister is so focused on wealth. My brother is a Christian minister and what he was taught about “evangelism” in divinity school is very different than the way the term is used in politics. Per the wikipedia link you include he also attributed with saying that “I believe slavery is a much maligned institution; if we had slavery today, we would not have this welfare mess.” (See Wikipedia). His quote has a clear bias that everyone who is struggling has no work ethic, and that it is impossible to improve the lives of others with a little help (work training, etc.).

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