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To the editor:
While I applaud the Hope Clinic for it’s commendable work and wish them well, I don’t think government at any level has any business donating my tax money to any charitable cause, especially in these terribly difficult times.
I’m not making this statement because I’m wealthy, because I’m not. I’ve had my share of hard knocks and hard times as much as anyone.
Where do our elected officials draw the line? In my opinion, government has vigorously attempted (and has been largely successful) in usurping the roles of churches and other charitable groups in the arena of giving in order to grow themselves further in power.
Government should encourage and empower churches and other groups to handle the handouts and get out of this business. I’m reminded of one of our founding fathers and his comments concerning this topic – “…the government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government,” James Madison.
Spending public tax dollars for the amusement of, or charity for the public is wrong, period.