Charity starts with wealth creation

Proof of the superiority of private over government efforts is everywhere. Catholic charities do a better job educating children than government—for much less money. New York City’s government left Central Park a dangerous mess. Then a private charity rescued it. But while charity is important, let’s not overlook something more important: Before we can help anyone, we first need something to give. Production precedes donation. Advocates of big government forget this.

We can’t give unless we (or someone) first creates. Yet wealth creators are encouraged to feel guilt. “Bill Gates, or any billionaire, for that matter,” Yaron Brook, author of Free Market Revolution and president of the Ayn Rand Institute, said on my TV show, “how did they become a billionaire? By creating a product or great service that benefits everybody. And we know it benefits us because we pay for it. We pay less than what it’s worth to us. That’s why we trade—we get more value than what we give up. So, our lives are better off. Bill Gates improved hundreds of millions of lives around the world. That’s how he became a billionaire.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • realitybasedbob

    Clearly this Stossel person has not read The Bible.

    41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

  • Neiman

    1. Gay Bob omitted the book and chapter, well because he’s an idiot. It is Matthew 12:41-44.
    23. Gay Bob is an admitted non-Christian and loves misusing the Bible that he does not understand, for his own evil ends.
    3. The passage used has nothing to do with Stossel’s article.
    4. If someone did not create products/services, no one would have any money to donate, not even two very small copper coins.
    5. It is true that conservatives and that includes Christians and Business people, out give liberals in charitable giving by big amounts. Liberals only steal money from others to give in charity and then tie strings to that giving which benefits liberals.
    6. So, Gay Bob was wrong on ever point.

    • realitybasedbob

      Clearly, your understanding of the teachings of The Christ are stove piped though your hate filled heart, Old Pal.

      • Neiman

        More lies, I am not your pal Liar.

        I dare say my understanding far surpasses yours, a non-Christian, that has rejected God’s only Salvation and have not the Spirit of Christ and who serves a god that is not the Almighty God of the Holy Bible, so shut up and go away, you have been thoroughly, factually proven wrong.

        • realitybasedbob

          It doesn’t, Old Pal.

          You are in the dark about The Word.

          • Neiman

            All you have are lies, you are bound in lies, when confronted by your lies you deny words you clearly type, you are a non-Christian that pretends to know God’s Word – you are a sick, vile, wicked poor excuse for a human being, a liar to your core, leading gays and Ellinas into hell with you; and it would be far better for gays, Ellinas and the world, if you were dead. You are a destroyer of souls and a walking sin against God.

            Take you lies back into hell with you.