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“The Job of the Government is to Take Care of the People!”

April 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Politics

I know a real, live, person who used to enthusiastically offer up this jaw-dropping statement. (Really.) It came to mind immediately when I watched this high-I.Q., Harvard-educated scribbler essentially make the same (tearful) assertion in the clip below. Scroll to about 15 seconds from the end to see what I mean.

While I believe that funding Planned Parenthood is the right move, being moved to tears over the prospect of it losing a minority of its funding indicates a clear ignorance (or more likely — disregard) of what our founding fathers had in mind as the role of our government. I suspect it’s this disconnect that causes so much political rancor today.

Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.
– James Madison

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
– James Madison

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.
– Thomas Jefferson

Heartless? Not at all (and not the point.) Charitable action by Government crowds out private charitable activity. It’s not like good stuff can’t happen if a government monopoly doesn’t take it over.


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