Alabama Owes Utah an Apology

Sorry, Utah. When we killed the major tax bill in Alabama by a two-to-one margin, we stomped and stomped on it to ensure it was totally dead. Unfortunately, the person who introduced the notion of raising taxes in the name of Jesus scurried though the cracks and somehow survived. I’m told her type can survive a nuclear attack, too.

Susan Pace Hamill has now infested Utah, according to this The Salt Lake Tribune article:

Alabama law professor Susan Pace Hamill believes that Bush’s tax cuts are a betrayal of his Judeo-Christian principles while some Libertarians argue that taxes by their very nature are immoral.


Hamill, the Alabama tax expert with a degree in theology, believes Bush’s tax policies, such as eliminating the estate tax, do favor the rich and harm the middle and lower classes. And this from one of the most overt Christian presidents in U.S. history.

Jesus didn’t prescribe a tax structure, but he did establish principles of justice, Hamill says. He demanded sacrifices of everyone, but said those with more means should give more, and it’s up to the government to make sure they do.

“Most of us will never voluntarily contribute our fair share due to our inescapable greedy tendencies,” she says.

That’s what Libertarians oppose – forcing people to do good.

“Ultimately, the power of government is force, whereas the power of religion is persuasion,” says Charles Bonsall, executive director of Utah’s Libertarian Party. “There are lots of things I would like to see happen in society that might be considered moral or social issues, but I would work through my neighborhood, church or the economy, not the government.”

As a Libertarian, he says, “I think we have better ways of taxing.”

Hamill may have a minor point about Bush’s plan, but her general thesis of forcing people to do what she considers moral is no different than Roy Moore’s beliefs. I’ll also note, as during the Alabama tax debate, they had to pull Libertarians in to debate her views. I’d ask where the Republicans are on the issue, but we all know. They are too busy with tax increases, deficit increases and pork barrel spending to spend any time doing what’s right.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. Unbeliveable idiot she is!

    My Christian beliefs are one of the major underpinnings of my Libertarian beliefs.

    Jesus may have said it’s harder for the rich to get to Heaven that for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, but he certainly didn’t call for the power of Rome to force that rich man to become more heavenly.

    Jesus also said of the poor: They will always be with us.

    If Christians try to force government to do thier bidding, they will get laws passed that will soon be used against them. The only pro-Christian (or Muslim or Hindu, or etc…) political system is Libertarianism.

  2. I doubt she’ll get much traction in Utah TBH. Utah may be a lot of things, but tolerant of outsiders isn’t one of them.

  3. John,

    Hamill keeps getting invited to speak from state to state on this topic. There are two of us (the other was one of her law students) who track her to ensure she doesn’t get away with her antics without criticism or notice.