Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is often pointed to by progressives as justification for government social-welfare programs and spending. Of course Jesus’ Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) used his own resources exclusively to succor the poor stranger he found beaten and robbed and left to die along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Rather than supporting government programs, the Parable speaks volumes against them and their dishonest and dishonorable methodology.

Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Before the Samaritan rescued the stranger, a priest and a Levite saw him lying naked and near death in the ditch, but passed him by and continued on to Jericho. When they arrived, they told the Roman authorities of the man in the ditch, assuming they would send help. But the authorities justifiably assumed after the time elapsed and the condition of the poor man in the ditch as described to them, that he would be dead long since. So instead of sending help, they merely alerted the road maintenance crew to look for a dead body in that section of the road, and dispose of it in the usual manner.

When government spends OPM (viz., sounds like opium, is equally addicting, stands for Other People’s Money–forcibly extorted) on social-welfare programs there are two victims: the taxpayer who is mulct to pay, and the recipient who is allowed to share in the lucre if he or she meets the administrative requirements of the bureaucrats who run the program. The latter is the greater victim. The taxpayer is merely out money, which can be replaced; the recipient of the government’s “welfare” is made a grovelling dependent beholden to nameless bureaucrats, and a thief, as an accessory after the fact. The recipient’s loss is greater than the beleaguered taxpayer. He/she loses his/her integrity, honesty, independence, self-worth, self-respect, self-reliance and honor.