14 August 2012

Responsibility of Government

Sub tuum.

It's amazing how many politicians, especially liberals, demand that the rich pay their fair share and that people should live more simple lives to benefit the poor, but they themselves live luxurious lifestyles and often get rich off of public service. The rich do have an obligation to the poor, but those in the government preaching this line do not seem to be practicing it. The government can legitimately be used as an agent of care for the poor, the sick, and the destitute, but it has long proven itself incapable of effective management of charity. How can politicians ask the people to pay more when they themselves do not take significant cuts in pay and benefits? Simply raising taxes to pay for more social programs and asking the people to tighten their belts while the government does not cut back its own extraneous spending is irresponsible, no matter which party is in power. Likewise, social programs that are mere handouts that increase dependence of the people on the government rather than "teaching them to fish" is irresponsible. Government has come to serve its own purposes rather than the needs of the people. This is what is meant by "big government." Government, though, must place at the forefront of its efforts giving real and effectual help to its citizens. This includes both helping the poor and helping commerce so that as many people as possible are self-sufficient. An effective and legitimate government must hold the needs of those in its temporal care as its primary responsibility and indeed as its sacred duty.