It is interesting that many will say that our government is like the mythical outlaw Robin Hood, who allegedly “stole from the rich and gave to the poor.” Our government takes from those who produce and gives to those who don’t. Since Robin Hood supposedly did that, this activity must be altruistic and honorable.
That is appealing to many, but it takes very little research to realize that the fictitious Mr. Hood actually took from the corrupt government, personified by Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, and gave back to the rightful owners and producers what was stolen by that government. Robin Hood is more of a representative of the Tea Party than he is of the socialists who want to redistribute wealth in order to be sure everyone is “equal,” regardless of ability, hard work, and wise investment.
Obviously, the Tea Party does not literally rob from the government as Robin Hood did, but their common philosophy is clearly that of those who believe the government is out of control. When government steps over the bounds of reasonable taxation and appropriates for itself many functions which it does not constitutionally possess, it has become Prince John, not Robin Hood.