During my many years as a Democrat, I was on the proud side. As a child care teacher, I was able to pay unsubsidized rent for a decent apartment right outside the city of Philadelphia. I had the blessing to work for a well-known church organization that offered above average pay and benefits. When I received unsolicited mailed information on qualifying for government subsidized rent assistance, I ignored it. Even though the rent subsidy would be a great help, I was too proud to go for it. But, I still thought people of lesser economical means had a right to at least a little instant government i.e. taxpayer help if they so desired.
Through my Christian, but politically liberal upbringing, I really thought those who financially made the most should not mind the government taking more of their money to aid those less fortunate. Yes, I believed in the redistribution of wealth as a means to help raise up those less fortunate and that was wrong. It’s okay for anyone wealthy or otherwise voluntarily give their money to help others, but for the government to take more and more money from the wealthy for the sake of fairness is thievery.