You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity

I ran across this quote the other day.  I have never seen the concept communicated so clearly, so I thought I’d share this with you.

“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.”

Adrian Pierce Rogers (Sep 12, 1931 – Nov 15, 2005)
American pastor, conservative, author, and a three-term president of the  Southern Baptist Convention (1979-1980 and 1986-1988).

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4 comments on “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity
  1. Mike Locher says:

    This is a great quote from a great man. Adrian Rogers was one of the most compasionate individuals over the span of his life. This is great insight for us all in these dark times.

  2. Scott Brooks says:

    That is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Zeke says:

    Accually Abraham Lincoln wrote this in 1861

  4. Bruce says:

    That is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Thanks for sharing it!

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