Open Forum: Compassion, or quicksand?
Posted: October 3, 2012
Compassion or quicksand? Government assistance programs may seem compassionate at first, but look below the surface and you see a sucking morass of dependence.
You’ve heard the old saying: “Give a man a fish, and you fill his belly for a day, but teach a man to fish, and he will fill his belly for a lifetime.” If government removes the need a person has to better himself through skills training, job hunting, and hard work, he may eat off of the taxes yielded by others, but he won’t have the end-of-the-day satisfaction of a hard-earned paycheck.
Fostering dependence on government is the liberal Democratic agenda to enslave people. They make them dependent, ensuring future votes lest the giveaway dry up. Conservative philosophy allows compassion by encouraging job creation by which people can earn their own living and be proud of the way they are using their gifts and talents to provide for themselves and their families.
Our country has thrived and has been a destination for immigrants because of the opportunities freedom has afforded. If we vote for those who would continue to tax and squelch initiative, then the only job creators will be the government.
The only solution to U.S. Postal Service debt involves job reduction — no more Saturday work. Government doesn’t do very well at job creation, but it is great at taking over the private sector and running people out of jobs.
ObamaCare doesn’t take into account the many who have provided for their families by selling insurance packages, or doctors who can’t bear to see medicine ruined by government control and will retire early, or the many bright young people who will no longer be inspired to become doctors under government control.
Our country can’t recover from the Democratic debt, tripled by this administration. Let’s vote to take our country back to personal innovation, hard work, and a compassion that allows people to earn and keep their money, so that they indeed have something to share.
If the government taxes us more and more heavily, how can we show compassion with our money? Taxes are not the way to compassion; they are the way for politicians to control a populace.
I urge you to vote for Romney/Ryan, George Allen, Frank Wolf, and Liz Minor, individuals who don’t want to drag people into the quicksand. These are people who stand for job creation, freedom, and the true compassion of private ownership.
Elizabeth Green is a resident of Winchester.