Est. May 2008

28 September, 2013

'Republicans and the poor'

I swiped my post title from the title of an article which ran in our local paper's Opinion section today (second item from the top):
My concern about Republican dogma is this: Where are the Christian values they so often refer to as being their hallmark?

How can they slash billions of dollars from a food stamp program and not address the insidious corporate welfare for the rich who are the beneficiary of these dollars because of their obscene tax breaks? The poor were mentioned in most of Christ's teachings throughout his life. If we are truly Christian, we know "the poor are always with us." Christ did not waste time talking about the rich except to admonish them.

Maybe the Republicans have forgotten those teachings or prefer to ignore them in favor of listening to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. The Republicans are, by and large, the most self-centered people in this country. And to a person, I would guess they would not give up their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Those were also programs they fought tooth and nail to prevent becoming law when they were first enacted. They do not talk at all about the plight of the poor and prefer to think of them as invisible.

What we, as Christians, were taught as children still holds true today. It is a measure of our character as to how we react to the poor who "are always with us."

We may be able to fool ourselves and others about how "Christian" we are. We will not fool God on Judgment Day.
In response, I wrote my own letter to the editor; just in case they ‘neglect’ to publish mine (it wouldn’t be surprising if they did, considering how liberal a rag the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is), I’ll publish it here in its entirety (the writers name withheld)


[The letter-writer (ed)], in the 28 September Opinions section, rebuked Congressional Republicans for ‘slashing’ food-stamp benefits and accused them of hypocrisy in their professed Christian beliefs because, in her eyes, this ‘slashing’ runs up against Christ’s admonition to provide for the poor.

In twelve years of reading the Bible cover to cover annually, I haven’t found any Scripture references at all which say Jesus promoted ‘government charity’ via taxation; His mandate was personal charity – that is, charity given by one person to another. I highly doubt Jesus would have even considered the Roman government responsible for provision for welfare of the people. In fact, by allowing government to arbitrate and dispense ‘charity’ as we have, far too many of us have neglected Christ’s own mandate of personal involvement in charitable giving.

I also fail to find any mention of government becoming or being a charitable institution in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The closest we come to that might be the ‘general welfare’ clause, but how taking money from one group (which does disservice to their ‘welfare’) and giving it to others (which services their welfare) promoted a ‘general’ welfare escapes me.

Thirdly, a 10-minute Yahoo search shows that in 1935, 84% of House Republicans and 76% of Senate Republicans voted FOR the Social Security bill. In 1965, ~50% of House Republicans and 43% of Senate Republicans voted for Medicare. How exactly that can be defined as ‘fighting tooth and nail against’ either of those programs, I don’t know.
And no, I didn’t mean to make the letter-writer look foolish. They needed no help from me in that regard.

2 comments:

Right Truth said...

First, on the statement in the article, " ...And to a person, I would guess they would not give up their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. "

I'm sure none of those Republicans listed are depending on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid to secure their future.

Next, to your letter...

You are spot on when you say "I haven’t found any Scripture references at all which say Jesus promoted ‘government charity’ via taxation; " and "I also fail to find any mention of government becoming or being a charitable institution in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights."


And to your last paragraph, facts hurt but the Left never uses them unless they support their view.

Good job. And yes, the letter-writer did look foolish, but that never bothered them either.

(p.s. I haven't been on the computer much. Trying to get back into a routine. Hubby and I were on the motorcycle and got hit by a truck. We are very thankful and very blessed to have come away with minor injuries. A concussion for me, very sore leg/groin muscles. A line fracture in his left radius (arm), bumps and bruises. He was able to play his bass guitar at church yesterday, took the splint off long enough to play then put it back on. God was truly watching out for us.)

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Nate said...

Prayers for both you and your husband for speedy recoveries.