Thoughtful words from Thomas Aquinas, on whether a starving man who takes bread is stealing:
“…each one is entrusted with the stewardship of his own things, so that out of them he may come to the aid of those who are in need. Nevertheless, if the need be so manifest and urgent, that it is evident that the present need must be remedied by whatever means be at hand (for instance when a person is in some imminent danger, and there is no other possible remedy), then it is lawful for a man to succor his own need by means of another’s property, by taking it either openly or secretly: nor is this properly speaking theft or robbery.” — quoted in Jean Valjean Acquitted! by Mark Shea
It’s not necessary to agree with Thomas about everything, but he is usually right, and he’s always logical. If you haven’t carefully considered his arguments, your position isn’t as well-grounded as it could be. In this case I’m wary of misapplication of a correct principle. It’s one thing to say a starving man doesn’t sin by taking bread to keep himself alive for another day. It’s another to say Question 66, Second Part of the Second Part means the US federal government in normal circumstances may take as much of anyone’s income as they please for redistribution.