Of course charities and churches should play a vital role. And they do.As does the government.These programs for the homeless, disabled,
poor, and hungry aren't killing America. What's killing
America are unsustainable tax levels, wars, Medicare Part D, a slumping economy,
banks "too big to fail", foreign aid to everyone and their dog, spending
twice as much as the rest of the world in defense, a broken health care system,
deregulation on wall street and commodities markets, and oil subsidies to
companies who are already making record profits.
Individuals and institutions (churches, charitable organizations, etc.) should
absolutely play a vital role in aiding the homeless, disabled, poor, and other
at-risk indigent populations among us; but ultimately, it is the duty of
government to ensure that help is available to all who are least able to help
themselves. It's part of our social contract -- the price we pay to live
in a civil society.If the needy turn first to private individuals
and institutions for help, great. If private individuals and institutions are
proactive and provide for the needy before government is able to, fantastic.
But to the extent that there are needy who, for whatever reason, do not receive
help from private sources, it is essential that the government be willing and
able to step in and help.
I hope that part of the programs offered extend nightly accommodation and
nutrition for able bodied people who receive that help as a result of work
performed. I don't doubt that the government of Utah and / or Salt Lake
City can find something for those on difficult times to do.
The government represents us all and has a critical role. No private entity or
church has the resources, including the LDS and Catholic churches. The make
important contributions, but it is not enough. Dealing with the human condition
is the ultimate investment in our society and in ourselves as human beings.
Conclusion? Some amount of govt. assistance needs to be maintained. And I