You can stuff that ignorant crap where it belongs Carol. It's not about religion or the government being the collective conscience of anybody. It's how a functional and moral society works. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution said that taking care of the poor was a public and civil duty. No poor person should depend on someone like you to decide whether you thing they are deserving of your largess.<quoted text>
Sadly, your politics are too steeped into your religion. Caesar was never meant to be a substitute or surrogate in practicing our faith and doing Christian deeds.
You seem to believe big government should be our collective conscience and that this was part of God's plan. Jesus never taught us to give to Caesar everything and let Caesar decide which part of it was God's.
You also seem much too quick to judge. Even non-believers have compassion for those in need.
Compassion also means giving people a hand up to stand on their own two feet. You seem to be all too happy to keep them down and giving them crumbs for sustenance. Taking money from others through coercion to be more Christian-like isn't being Christian-like.
Just something for you to think about, my Christian brother.
Taxes aren't coercion you clueless twit; there the price we pay for living in a functioning society.
By the way Carol, I didn't much like my tax dollars being used by George W. Bush to finance his disastrous adventure in Iraq but nobody gets to say how their tax dollars are spent.
You're an idiot Carol; you always have been and always will be!