Friday, January 14, 2011

Quote

"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it."
-Stephen Colbert


Thanks to Scott at Bill in Exile for pointing this out.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of us do it... personally, through private charities and churches. The states have also undertaken massive welfare programs for years. What Colbert is ranting about is the push-back against the FEDERAL government confiscating the earnings of the productive sector in order to buy votes from among the unproductive masses. This has nothing to do with pious wishes to "help the poor," and everything about power. The likes of John Kerry, John Edwards and Al Gore care nothing for the poor, as demonstrated by the incredibly tiny percentage of their millions that they devote to charitable contributions.

    We had LBJ's "War on Poverty" in the 1960's which was supposed to eliminate poverty. Instead, and despite many billions wasted in the effort, the numbers of poor have not decreased. Entire generations and communities are now dependent on the government, and have no idea how to even trying to find a job. In addition, the black family has essentially been destroyed, as welfare mothers were paid handsomely for having children out of wedlock. The law of unintended consequences still controls. The federal government needs to limit itself to the powers expressly enumerated in the Constitution. Paying people not to work is not in there.

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