I stole the title, and I stole the wonderful quote that went with it.
"The American Revolution was not financed with matching grants from the Crown." David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear
This is the post with the title and quote I found while blog surfing. An interesting art blog, it speaks to much larger issues. At least to me.
We have let the government appropriate responsibility for normal human actions. Katrina is one recent example, although the nonresponse to Andrew was similar and received much less press. The government has the power, and we will not change their actions by asking them to change.
If you want change, do something yourself. Don't wait for direction, don't wait for funding, just act.
The more areas that we as caring people take back from bureaucrats, the better our lives will be. Don't just separate church and state, but separate education and state, separate farming and state, separate insurance and state, and by all means, separate charity and state.
We have been fighting poverty since the last depression, and as we enter this greater depression poverty is still the same huge problem. If a private charity passed through as little of the money they received to the final recipients as food stamps and government hurricane relief, it would be called a fraud.
Remember that Marine I mentioned that was sent to Nawlins? After all the delays he made it there, and spent his time helping people with their gardening. He planted flowers. He has left Nawlins and is back with his normal unit again.
Neighbors help neighbors, people help people, governments will help themselves. If it needs to be done do it, don't ask those that screwed it up so many times before to fix it.
Some final quotes.
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson
"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." - C.F. Bastiat
"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other." - Ronald Reagan
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P. J. O'Rourke