Victims' Rights Caucus



Madam Speaker, Dr. Adrian Rogers of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee, gave some sage advice over 20 years ago about the role of government. It is as relevant today it was when he first said it.

He said, "You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. 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 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, then the other half gets the idea it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for. And that is the beginning of the end of any Nation."

Madam Speaker, we are in a time when the government does too much for us and too much to us in the name of taking care of all of us.

And that's just the way it is.