posted on Nov, 15 2012 @ 10:01 PM
reply to post by BritofTexas
I have to say, I agree.
1) charities are the first hit in times of economic distress - people stop giving, even with a tax credit - if there is a recession and people are
making less, there will be less money donated to charities AND less ability for people to make a livable wage and meet their personal
responsibilities, nutrition needs, housing needs, etc. I know this from direct experience as I work for a church community that gives generous amounts
of money to charities, and whose ability to give was severely curtailed, as were salaries, during the Great Recession. We are just now beginning to
recover, but we ain't there yet...
2) the complexity and problems of, say, developmental disabilities in children and adults, who can sometimes have violent or self-injurious behaviors,
not to mention require full-tilt 24/7/365 caregiving, are not able to be dealt with in terms of family-only, nor do non-profits generate enough income
to provide proper supports AND the capitalist insurance companies find LOTS of ways to not pay for things like....developmental disabilities...which
is one of the reasons why Medicaid exists - we don't want our disabled family members dying in the streets when we are no longer around to care for
them - I'm not exaggerating!
3) the environment is currently being more and more effected by the toxins we allow to flow into our waters, that we put into the earth, etc. This
level of toxicity is a huge collective mistake, wrought by bottom-line, short term thinking corporations bent on making money for shareholders, and
lack of regulatory foresight/will. We are beginning to feel the effects and we will have more sick children, children born with defects, with asthma,
with extreme food allergies and allergies in general - even the trend in obesity is being investigated as a potential side-effect of toxic exposure -
so where does an emphasis on charity and family get us with problems as collective and huge as this?
I guess it is one of those things that sounds good as a manifesto, but the real-life workability of it would simply lead to a repetition of history,
imo. We have social services and safety nets because of the horrible circumstances people found themselves in during the Great Depression, when the
high-rollers burst that bubble and took down a nation in the process. I personally think we are on the tip of a new "horrible circumstance"
regarding our environment, and dismantling the federal government isn't going to get us all to the other side of that. Personal Responsibility is an
awesome thing - and not to be discounted, but there are limits to one's ability to boot-strap-pull through life.