This Cal Thomas article was reprinted in Sunday’s Virginian-Pilot. (So much for the “liberal bias” of the newspaper.) It was this sentence that caught my eye:
If we want smaller government, we will have to pick up the slack.
And that’s the piece that so many of the smaller government people miss. Personal responsibility only goes so far. There are some things that are outside of the control of the individual.
Consider this article, also from Sunday’s paper, in which the writer speaks of having to make the decision between “not paying a bill or giving up some medication.” Which should she choose?
Or how about the baby boomers who are discovering their 401(k) savings aren’t enough to retire on? “Some people were done in by the twin collapses of the housing and stock markets,” the article says. Just how are individuals supposed to control the housing and stock markets?
Were it not for the Foodbank, the lady in the first article may have gone hungry. The Foodbank relies on donations in order to feed people, and its donors have bit hit by the recession, too. Poverty is at its highest since 1983 and the typical U.S. family got poorer over the last decade.
Although I’m not a smaller government advocate, I try to do my share because it’s the right thing to do. I contribute my money to non-profits, including the Foodbank. I also contribute my time and my talents to a number of non-profit organizations, including the YWCA.
The next time I hear somebody say “smaller government,” I want to hear how they personally are helping to pick up the slack.