Letter: Not government’s job to alleviate poverty

By Calvin Lacy

The Daily Advance

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I guess I’ll never get it how anyone would seek to teach and guide right thinkers into believing in the excess of the leftist agenda, especially in areas they have not studied and do not understand.

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Well, Mr. Lacy,...

So, the poor can stop being poor when Jesus returns, right. So death is the only escape from poverty. Nice. The government can play a role to establish conditions favorable to business, but then business has to hold up it's end of the bargain by hiring and paying workers a living wage. This SHOULD be the handshake between government and the people. But business these days seems to have forgotten their workers when it comes to fair pay relative to corporate profits. When the NASDAQ and the DOW reach all time record highs, and those same businesses advise their workers to take food stamps to make ends meet, then there is something drastically wrong. And what is wrong is that you and I subsidize those businesses by giving their workers government assistance to help cover the wage gap that business seems intent on growing. You and I also subsidize businesses by giving them tax breaks for start ups and expansions that hold down their operating costs. This is another government handshake that's ignored on the payroll end - another corporate handout so now, tell me again who the welfare slaves are? Now, you can call a fair wage a leftist agenda, and you can call public assistance a leftist agenda, but you cannot deny the connection. The connection is the far right agenda that turns Americans into Wage Slaves. Here's a quote to chew on, the first from our beloved favorite Republican, Mr. Lincoln: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." And another from Helen Keller, a dread Socialist: (paraphrased) when people depend on philanthropy because they can't earn a living from a day's work, the system is broken. The fact is that the churches, non-profits, and private philanthropies cannot even come near meeting the conditions that capitalism has created here and around the world. They also cannot grow their capacity beyond where it is now, so those supports are shrinking relative to the growing demand. The demand is fueled by low wages, and the boom and bust cycles of business greed, not by the workers. If you think the problem of poverty is big now, then follow the repugnican agenda to end public assistance to it's logical end. So cut off food assistance and then tell me how you plan to deal with violent revolution. Because THAT is what history tells us will happen when the poor decide that taking up a gun to get food for their children is better than watching them starve. There is an odd contradiction within the republican party these days. On the one hand Republicans tend to be stridently christian, while on the other hand they sow destruction upon the poor and helpless. So, are they Christians or just pretending until they get elected? Hypocrisy runs deep and wide on the red side of the aisle, and nowhere more openly than in this subject area. I'm not familiar with the Bible that you read, but mine says that Jesus tells us to care for the poor as a first duty of being Christian. To me, the best care is to explore and discover every path that will lead them from where they are to where they can be. The path that can do the most good just happens to pass through government, and business, and churches. But the first step on the path is a fair wage. Respectfully Submitted, Force 12

John 3:16

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Mr. Lacy

As generally you are 97% point on, I generally overlook the 3% of your misdirected information, but one statement you made must be corrected. Jesus Christ was NOT God in mortal form! The godhead consists of God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Both are separate beings and have celestial bodies of flesh and bone, albeit Christ's body was one of flesh and blood while here on Earth until his death and resurrection. A mortal (earthly) body is corruptible, subject to disease and all things good or bad of THIS world as we know it. A celestial body in incorruptible, or forever. Bottom line is, God and Jesus ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON!

Jesus said

You will always have the poor with you (Matthew 26:11). Apparently our present day government doesn't put much stock into that. The government is also refusing to fulfill it's God-ordained role. Instead it is trying to do the work of the Church and in times past the Church, in certain instances, has tried to do the work of the government. It won't work.

hear hear!

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." George Washington The left will never concede that the dependency they've created is nothing short of bondage... Such a waste of human potential - generations lost. When I give to a charity, one of the first things I look at is what percentage actually gets to the ones who need it. Our government is currently consuming a billion dollars more than what’s taken in through taxes each year... The Federal Reserve is pumping billions into our economy because the burden of government has created an economy that is not self-sustainable. How could anyone with a lick of sense see government as a solution to anything? It cannot even manage its own affairs, much less the affairs of others... How much further would my tax dollars go in fighting poverty if they were placed in the offering basket on Sunday morning instead? The Church could do much more than an army of civil servants more concerned with getting their own piece of the pie... Imagine how much better off we all would be if our government was contained within the constraints of our constitution. Government is completely out of control... and those in bondage will continue to support it; buying into the lie that government is the solution to their problems...

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