Too Much Power, Not Enough Charity
Geoff Cutler’s column “Wonderful Reminder To Be Charitable” (April 22) points out that government throwing money at causes doesn’t work. The truth is, we haven’t spent enough. And generally selective charities administered by the privileged class are also insufficient. How does a wealthy country like ours exult in so much poverty? The simple answer is power.
Charity makes sense, but is opposed by a profit-motive culture that encourages the rich to hold on to the bulk of their exploitive gains. And the right’s version of class warfare is topsy-turvy.
Cutler implies that if we let the rich keep more of their money, he will deliver groceries to food banks, etc. But will he do the same if his taxes increase?
It’s often said that the poor are more charitable than the rich, while the latter keep on empire building and assuring privileges for their progeny. Warren Buffett’s son’s plan is limited, and hunger in the richest country in the world is just one of the myriad problems our poor face. Get the rich off the gravy train and redistribute money relatively where it’s needed.
Will that solve the problem? No. Government’s not “the” answer. It’s the only viable answer, but to continue giving the rich a pass will keep things just as they are: good for the few, bad for the many. Many socialist countries spend unthinkably more to provide decent lives and adequate resources for less diverse but increasingly global populations.
That won’t work in the U.S., but surely the amount of money we waste on craving for growth and profit from waste, warfare and luxury would just about abolish the need for charity in this country.
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