To the Editor: Government welfare programs are ‘sponges,’ not charities
Written by William A. Sluhan   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:46
Reference is made to a letter by Mr. Jack Taylor of Bowling Green published on Wednesday, 18 September, which was headlined by the Tribune  as "Christian Right often forgets precepts about the poor."
There is no question that Christ urged his followers to be charitable to the less fortunate among us and to help all of those in need. But, government welfare programs are in no way charity! To those of us who are paying the bills they are nothing more than another government "sponge" sucking up additional, ever increasing taxes. To those enjoying the welfare benefits we are forced to provide, those benefits rapidly become a right to which the recipient is entitled simply by their existence.
True charity benefits the charitable by enabling the giver to do good for others by giving to those in need. The recipients of true charity benefit because they know and understand that those who are helping them are doing so voluntarily and not because they are required to do so under threat of government force...
Perhaps the worst thing about government welfare programs is the fact that the funds are "run through vast government bureaucracies" which chew up vast sums of money under the guise of helping the needy when in fact they accomplish nothing of the sort. Government force is government force; it is not and cannot be considered to be charity that benefits either the "donor" or the "needy."
William A. Sluhan
Bowling Green

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