My friend, beej, asked a very good question in my Welfare Zombies post.
so, i am starting the process of applying for assistance to afford my meds. while these programs are offered by the manufacturer, i am fairly certain it is only b/c of government mandate. am i therefore an entitlement zombie by definition or just overwhelmingly poor? would i be more noble if i ordered my meds from canada or worse for not just seeking assistance, but assistance based upon socialized medicine, another favorite of yours?
i know you personally know i’m not saying this out of hostility, but i wanted to make sure i disclosed that to your readers. this is an honest question and your reply will recieve my utmost respect, even if i disagree in thought or action.
I should point out that beej is a real life friend. The kind of friend that has had keys to my house.
I am very pro-charity. There are people with very real needs in the world. My problem is not at all with organizations stepping in to meet a need. These are noble things. Many corporations do it for the tax write-off, and I’m fine with that too. The difference between private charities and welfare is the choice. I can choose to support a charity that is doing work that I feel is worth investing in.
Supporting a charity that is doing good work in line with my own values is an excellent investment. I support charities that have a goal of moving people towards self-sufficiency. I would not voluntarily support any organization that did otherwise. If someone else does, that’s their prerogative.
Sure, in a perfect world, no one would need charity, but we don’t live in that world. But charity is not the government’s business. Maybe it makes me somewhat of an idealist, but I think if the government would get out of the charity business, private charities would be able to do a lot more actual good. I know if I brought home more of my paycheck, I would be able to give more than I already do. There are so many worthy organizations that I just can’t afford to support. There are others that I do support.
No beej, I don’t think you seeking help makes you any sort of zombie. You are seeking help in order to continue to be a productive member of society. Every situation is different. You are not a mindless drone sucking out of the system. You aren’t suffering a delusion that you are entitled to anything.