HEAT program benefits reduced from $500 to $300

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:54 p.m.

    I am sure that many of the recipients are truly worthy and deserving of help with their heating bills.

    But, where in the U.S. Constitution is it authorized to be a specific responsibility of the federal government to pay heating bills for any private citizen? If heating bills at income level "x" is justified, they why not at level "x +$100" in income? And why should the federal government not be also paying for their food, car, house, cable TV, cell phone, clothing, and whatever else they might need or want?

    This is not a criticism of the people who sign up for "freebies" being passed out, rather it is a serious question about the justification for the government to engage in socialist wealth redistribution schemes of any type!

    And, a reminder that "socialism works fine until you run out of other people's money to spend" must be heeded as we are out of money to spend even on necessities.

    God bless all those who voluntarily give to charities to help the needy, but it is not the job of the federal government to seize money from any citizen and give it to another.