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Letters to the editor on poverty, GOP outrage

  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Government not solution to poverty

“Policy, poor disconnect” (Nov. 17 Eagle Editorial) was so disconnected with the people of Kansas that it is amazing it was published in a Kansas newspaper.

Matthew 25:35-36 says: “For I was hungry and you gave me food … ill and you cared for me.” It makes no reference to a government program such as food stamps or Medicaid to do these things as a surrogate for Christians. Jesus taught that caring for the poor was the responsibility of Christians.

The editorial said that churches and other charities “don’t have nearly enough resources to meet the demand” of caring for the needy. But the government and the churches have the same source of revenue: we, the people. The difference is the government taxes (confiscates) those resources from us and the churches take them in the form of charitable contributions.

What history has shown since the “Great Society” of President Johnson is that government involvement in caring for the poor has made the plight of the poor far worse and cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars. How it is charity to spend trillions for worse results?

Charity is a two-way street – givers give of their talent and resources; receivers greatly appreciate the gifts and put them to good use. This transaction does not occur when the government is involved. The giver only gives of the resource in the form of money, no other interaction. The receiver comes to expect the money as an entitlement and shows no appreciation for the money. Far better we start thinking outside the box of government solutions.

JIM BENAGE

Bel Aire

GOP outrage

I, for one, am done. I’m done with the breathless coverage and ginned-up outrage over a website that is working, just not “good enough.” Now those on the radical right, who still do not want to accept that Barack Obama is the president, have pivoted to, “He broke a campaign promise.” They are now asking aloud: Is that enough to impeach him?

These presidential deniers purposefully disregard a candidate named Ronald Reagan who promised that he could slash taxes to the very wealthy, increase military spending and balance the budget. There was George H.W. Bush, who famously promised, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” George W. Bush promised he could give “tax relief” without going into deficit spending, to keep America safe and to grow the economy and add jobs. None of these broken promises – or, as the right now calls them, “lies” – caused those on the radical right to wonder aloud about impeaching the presidents they voted for.

All of this outrage would have a lot more credibility if Republicans in South Carolina hadn’t voted Mark “Hiking the Appalachian Trail” Sanford into Congress by 9 percentage points.

JESS DUNCAN

Wichita

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