Many times have I been accused of not caring for those “least among us” for fighting against health care reform and other government welfare programs. People who accuse me of this are just plain ignorant of the concept of true charity. Government welfare is not designed with true charity in mind.
Number one: Government welfare is forced through taxation. This does not fit the first rule of true charity, which is that it must be a free-will gift of ones own time, talent, and/or treasure to benefit those least amongst us. Where’s the free will in a welfare program that instead of letting you decide how to help these people they decide for you in the form of taxation?
Number two: Government welfare is not explicitly designed with the adage “give a man a fish, he eats for a day…teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime” in mind. This means that true charity must also be geared towards the goal of helping poor people become self-sufficient.
So when I fight against government welfare programs it doesn’t mean I hate poor people and think that they all deserve their plight. I in fact have great compassion for those least amongst us. I just simply want them to utilize private charities that do a better job of embodying the 2 principles I just discussed. Programs that use free-will donations to provide for the poor while at the same time teaching them the honest skills by which poor people can then take to the job market and eventually get a decent job that they can use to feed, clothe, and otherwise care for themselves. And that is how poverty is truly dealt with, through these private programs that actually work to liberate people from poverty, not keep them in it like most government welfare programs.