In One Eye

Tuesday, September 13, 2005
 
Lest we forget, the premise for the government of the United States is to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to [the populace] and [its] posterity. Given this, I can't help but agree with Ted Rall's seemingly selfish position that charities are for suckers.

If you think about it, Rall is spot on when he opines that
[g]overnment has been shirking its basic responsibilities since the '80s, when Ronald Reagan sold us his belief that the sick, poor and unlucky should no longer count on "big government" to help them, but should rather live and die at the whim of contributors to private charities. The Katrina disaster, whose total damage estimate has risen from $100 to $125 billion, marks the culmination of Reagan's privatization of despair.
For us social democrats, it certainly seems constitutionally wrong that the unfortunates of New Orleans and its environs have to depend so much on the Red Cross and similar organizations for their very survival.