You can file this in the “I never looked at it from that point of view” file. Charities are for suckers. The article argues it’s supposed to be the government’s job to support those less fortunate, as that is one of the purposes of collecting taxes, and shouldn’t be up to the collection of private donations.
Government has been shirking its basic responsibilities since the ’80s, when
Ronald Reagan sold us his belief that the sick, poor and unlucky should no longer count on “big government” to help them, but should rather live and die at the whim of contributors to private charities….
There’s only one reason flood victims aren’t getting help from the government: because the government refuses to help them. The Red Cross and its cohorts are letting lazy, incompetent and corrupt politicians off the hook, and so are their donors…
The U.S. government can easily pick up the tab for people inconvenienced by bad weather–if helping them is a priority. That goes double for Katrina, a disaster caused by the government’s conscious decision to eliminate the $50 million pittance needed to improve New Orleans’ levees.
It’s kind of a cold-hearted view. When people are in trouble, it’s human nature to want to help. It does sound that the government has a plan now, although some would argue it’s a bit late.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 16, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.