Brief Our Newly Elected Tax Collectors
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Call it happenstance, but in the gospel proclaimed in many Christian churches on Sunday, October 24about a week before the electionJesus admonishes those "convinced of their own self-righteousness," then makes a tax collector the hero in the parable cited. Actually, tax collectors seem to come out okay in a lot of religious stories; take the Buddhist one about the brahmin Dhananjani, an unscrupulous tax collector who exploited both the king and the public, yet still could at death attain a happier rebirth. Not to downplay these religious themes, but I couldn't help seeing a secular twist: more than in any recent period, our newly elected representatives, many of whom ran on platforms of self-righteousness, are called to be our tax collectors.
Research Areas Taxes and budgets
Tags Federal budget and economy