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home : opinion : columnists November 24, 2015

2/1/2013 1:48:00 PM
Replacing Insincere Compassion
Dear Editor,

If the federal and state government would announce that effective six months from today all "welfare payments" including food stamps will cease to be distributed, what would happen?

My guess is that first there would be riots in the streets primarily from those who benefit from the largesse of government entitlements with the support of a one-sided media.

Second, there would be uproar among the political parties. One side would be accusing the other of not having any compassion for the needy, while the other side would claim that the so-called compassion claimed by the opposite party is a stretch and that it is more for political gain, fuel to assure re-election.

Put politics aside, I realize this is an almost improbable task, and consider the eventual outcome for the millions who have become dependent on government welfare. I encourage you to think beyond what may be obvious. Why? Because the media will state the traditional obvious response and many of us may not have the time or energy to think "outside the box".

Are you thinking? Or is it too difficult to expect a better system of helping those in real need. Would private sector organizations like the Salvation Army, Church-sponsored Food Banks, The American Red Cross, various charities, Business Organizations, i.e. Rotary, Kiwanis, etc., do as good or a better job of administering real charity dollars verses a redundant, bloated government collecting tax dollars and distributing them with little or no supportive plan of action to motivate a large segment of welfare recipients to a more financially independent status?

Perhaps a coalition of America's top corporations could design and administer a non-government organization to solicit sufficient funds, distribute these funds effectively and provide a bridge (training and jobs) to escape poverty and dependence. The cost of running such a system could be allocated to businesses that'd be willing to participate with charitable contributions (funds, time and effort) rather than through involuntary tax dollars.

An all-volunteer oversight committee composed of (retired business persons) could deduct their time and expenses from their personal income tax. Sounds like something to noodle over.

But then again, do you think politicians would give up their mostly insincere compassion (political grip) for the good of the nation?

Ken Marques


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