Before the whoring politicians of every party at every level started buying votes with government programs the communities, churches & families helped out. Do you know 1 major advantage that these groups had over the gov? They Knew & know the deadbeats, the druggies & alcoholics & gamblers personally. They knew who could be helped, who deserved aid, & who was a waste of effort. IF the wife/mother or husband/father was basically useless, the rest of the family was still helped but the 'useless one' was 'kicked to the curb' as deserved.<quoted text>Look at how many politicians claim to be devout Christians. If this is going to be a Christian Nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and them admit that we just don't want to do it. The truth is that for most Politicians, Jesus is as much a prop as the American flag lapel pin.
BUT the gov started increasing taxes so that THEY could get involved so that THEY could buy votes. It started off innocently enough but it has denied the the church, community & family of the funds that they would have used with proper discretion to help the truly needy.
That's the way that I see it.