Friday, October 3, 2008


I read a wide variety of blogs when I have time. I tend to go on kicks where I concentrate on different types at different times. I like to read blogs that are very different from mine and are written by people with different views. Dooce is a big name in blogging and I don't often read her blog but every so often I click over for a peek. I like the letters she writes to her daughter each month and I like the stories about her dogs. My sense of humor has a strong sarcastic streak but Dooce sometimes pushes it too far for me. She put up a very interesting question yesterday.

Indulge me for a second and consider this scenario: let's say you're given the opportunity to donate some money to a desperate family who would use it to feed their children, but were only able to do so if you donated the same amount of money to someone you knew would use it to buy crack. Would you do it?

To me that is not really a hard question if it is a face to face situation. Of course. However, I believe the reason behind this question to be along the lines of making a point. I know from what I have read of Dooce's blog that she is a very liberal Democrat. She once explained that she felt that she had been very blessed. Her family had been able to send her to college but she felt bad for those families that couldn't. She said she didn't have a problem with some of her money being taken so that others could benefit from it. I understood where she was coming from and saw her heart.

The problem I have with this is that I don't see our government as the entity that should be providing everything and still allow us to maintain our freedom. Taking the above question and applying it to our taxes... seeing that money as going toward the families that deserve it even though those that don't will receive the same benefit... is socialist. Our government is not the only way in which to reach out to those in need. This line of reasoning is dangerous. People are willingly being led like sheep to a slaughter and do not see it!

Those who stand up against federally funded social programs (like welfare) do not do it out of hate and greed. Look up the differences in giving between Republicans and Democrats. It is astounding! The issue is governmental control. When people are aware of specific needs within a community there are those that step up to do what they can to fill in the gap. There is something to be said for people working together for the common good. This does not need to be done by our government. Take that desire to see that those in need are helped by rolling up your sleeves and getting personal in it. Find those areas you are passionate about and those organizations or ministries that you can really get behind and support. It is that kind of caring that will bring about real change. Not more government money with government regulations thrown into more programs that are broken.


Daly said...

I could not have said it better. Amen!

Sarah said...

I finally read this one. Well said, and I totally agree.

Junebug said...

Hey, you're pretty savvy. I agree.