September 30, 2005


I've been gone a long time, dealing with a number of things, among which I include a general dissatisfaction with the quality of news reporting and commenting in the news, mostly with the reporting around Katrina, and the outrageous accusations of racism directed toward the Bush administration, for not doing what local and state officials (who were Democrats btw) failed to do. Rather than make matters worse, I just elected to keep quiet about it all.

Still, I'm rather late coming back, too late, and it's time to change that.

So, speaking of Katrina, some writers, such as those at The Nation, are calling for a massive reworking of our thinking about poverty in America, urging a more compassionate government, as if our government could reach into its wallet and write a check with no pain, the rich uncle Sam. Of course, the image is false. Our uncle has no money of his own - the only money he has to give is taken from other citizens - our other cousins, brothers, and sisters in this image. If I were to give $500 to the Red Cross, that could be considered an act of compassion. If I were to go into my neighbor's house and take $500 from his wallet and send it in, I think a lot fewer people would consider it so. How anyone can think that when the government does the same thing it suddenly becomes compassionate is beyond me.

Here's another statement of this point of view, better expressed by Matt Kaufman at Boundless.

Posted by Joel Fuhrmann at 03:52 PM | Comments (1)