The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 27, 2014

Your View; Built on individualism

LAMAR, Mo. — I read, with wonder and amazement, how the birth of Jesus can be compared with today’s society and the poor (John Cox guest column, Globe, March 23). Liberals always try to make one feel guilty if one objects to the government’s socialist programs. In fact, they insist that the teachings of Jesus, regarding the poor and those “down on their luck,” can only be fulfilled by government.

Head Start, a government baby-sitting program, is one of their favorites. They never tell us that by the third grade, it is impossible to tell which kids went to Head Start and which ones didn’t.

Another favorite is the food stamp program. In addition, virtually every hamlet in America has a food pantry program; a backpack program so school kids will have food over the weekend; church pantries; community gardens, etc. But the programs all lack something that those of us who oppose such programs think should be included: how to make a garden, tend the garden, harvest the garden and can the food for winter. Even the squirrel and the ant practice such preparations for future food needs, but not the liberals. Government will take care of the poor. And, human nature being what it is, the poor who benefit from these programs will vote to support the people who control such expenditures — Congress. I have looked for Jesus in these programs and cannot find him. As I recall, he advised some to go watch the ant.

So, this Republican believes in pro-life outside the womb, but not at the expense of tax dollars. America was not built on the liberal ideals of social programs, but on the ideals of individualism.

“Every tub sits on its own bottom” certainly doesn’t preach someone else is responsible for your welfare or your decisions. America was built on people trying, failing, getting up and trying again until they could sustain their body’s requirements and then they began working to satisfy their wants.

The liberals have one thing right: Their programs create jobs. Government jobs. I wonder if that is why government doesn’t teach the poor to fish rather than simply give them fish.

David Turner


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