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Tensofcommandments comment 000

#5 has some law background as well, mostly about taking care of elderlies. Medicare and social security come to mind.

Medicare and Social Security seem rather contrary to me; the government is taking on a responsibility for the elderly in lieu of children. It's certainly not prescribed by any law (even though a law making parents the responsibility of their children would be entirely possible and constitutional).

Relatedly, the Amish don't pay Social Security, because they do take responsibility for their elders, and do not ask the government to support them in old age. I assume they consider this a religious prescription, since you don't get out of Social Security payments based solely on good intentions. It's much like they don't use insurance (again for religious reasons), relying on their community to mitigate disasters.

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