Verne Strickland July 18, 2013

Some Americans believe that their government should be a charity for citizens who have fallen on hard times. They support the idea that hard-working taxpayers have a responsibility to pay for the unemployed’s food, shelter, clothes, and more. They will tell you that if the government didn’t use our tax dollars for welfare, then some people would be left to starve in the streets.

The problem with this line of thinking is that it’s simply not true. In fact, welfare is destroying this country from the inside out.

Government handouts enable millions of people to abuse the system with absolutely no accountability. Welfare recipients never have to look a taxpayer in the eye when their check comes in the mail every month. They do not have to humbly thank someone for feeding their children or giving them a warm bed to sleep in. If those on welfare had to come into your home and actually take the food off your children’s plates, they would be much more apt to start looking for a way to support themselves.

The current system makes the American taxpayer an anonymous victim.

The solution is simple. Our government needs to stop acting as a charity, and to encourage those in need to seek out help locally. By cutting taxes and encouraging people to donate more to their local church or food bank, it will foster a better sense of community and appreciation for our neighbors.

The generosity of the American people is second-to-none. Whether it’s a tsunami thousands of miles away, or a tragic event within our borders, Americans have proven time and time again that we are willing to help those in need. However, government programs that threaten to put us in prison if we refuse to donate cause animosity between neighbors and are ripping a hole through our great country.

It’s time for the government to take a step back. Let the American people show their true colors, and stop forcing us to pay into a mismanaged, corrupt welfare system. Let those who need help shake the hand and personally thank those who can provide it. Let our communities grow again through personal relationships, and not through government programs.

Is this what America needs? Let us know in the comments below!