Tom Bartlett, Dundas
Re: Tackling growing community inequality starts with each of us, Sept. 5.
To quote my favourite Marx – Groucho, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
This well-meaning letter writer has fallen victim to this siren sound, ending at the door of government intervention.
After prefacing his conclusions with a lack of space identified by the Salvation Army, a faith-based non-governmental organization, to meet the needs of its clientele, the author then manages to segue into an entreaty for government to become even more involved in addressing poverty.
Careful consideration should lead one to question why the Salvation Army needs to expand in light of the huge, expansive governmental initiatives to get people out of poverty. The reason must be that government is failing to target the problem, government services are being rejected or such programs only exacerbate the problem. I believe all three are true.
Governments have managed to turn Canadians into a nation of dependents. Through their “comprehensive sex education” and self-esteem promotion efforts, children and teens have learned to shoot low and pursue their own desires above personal responsibility and self-respect. Raising the minimum wage, regulations and ever-rising taxation has eradicated student job opportunities and led to increased cost for goods and services. Massive expansion of public sector jobs and union benefits have led to our economic woes and growing deficit.
Many more examples can’t be addressed due to space limitations. The greatest harm, however, would have to be the undermining of the family unit. Through sex ed programs, promoting alternative families, no-fault divorce laws, abortion, marginalizing children and motherhood, and replacing the role of husbands and fathers with government as breadwinners, they have become the leading cause, rather than the solution to poverty. Those who fare the worst financially are single parents and their children (primarily mothers) — a situation directly attributable to government incursion into our lives. Slogans like, “It takes a village…” are employed to unseat families and churches from their influence while expanding state control.
Charities give care voluntarily and with minimal cost while governments apply force, killing the motivation and work ethic that drives a healthy nation. The last thing we need with a declining population, growing deficits, ballooning taxation and under/mis-educated students is a larger government role. In the end, it is Groucho, not Karl, who got it right.