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  •  The answer is NOT less single-parenting (2+ / 0-)
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    The answer is tolerance and respect - combined with a strong social contract, to ensure basic humanitarian needs are met, and ensure a decent quality of life for our families of all ages, shapes, and sizes as we co-exist in this great country.  I'm getting pretty pissed off with folks who judge others instead of pitching in to help.

    We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!  

    There are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and Suckers.

    by susanWAstate on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 09:04:52 PM PST

    •  Exactly, and how it is that the ... (1+ / 0-)
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      "party of God" leads the way in INtolerance is beyond me.  I'm not a Christian myself, but I know many religious people who claim to believe in Jesus and his teachings.  I don't get HOW they claim to try and emulate him in one breath when in the next breath they want Welfare stopped, SS cut, Medicaid abolished.... I just don't get how it is that these people came to believe the very opposite of what their Savior taught.  There's almost a disdain for the less fortunate, and a blanket belief that everyone who is downtrodden for whatever reason is that way because they're lazy, drug addicted, good for nothings who don't deserve any help... it's a very sad statement on our society.

      •  I agree. When I first heard about proposals (1+ / 0-)
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        Requiring a period of community volunteer service I was against the idea, but now I think a well designed program that gets teens involved with the less fortunate in their communities would be very helpful.  People need some perspective.

        We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

        by susanWAstate on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 08:31:45 AM PST

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      •  I've heard it enough. They ask you to point to (0+ / 0-)

        the part of the Bible where Jesus said that the government should provide for the poor.

        They say he was talking about each one of us as individuals doing our part to help each other, not the government providing it for free.

        •  Except - (0+ / 0-)

          The Bible isn't the document that founded this nation, and while applicable to millions of Americans in a personal context, it is NOT applicable to how this country was founded or the principles on which it operates.  The Preamble pretty much sums up the guiding principles and the Founder's intent:

          We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
          (emphasis added.)

          And I always have to remind people who argue against social programs that we're not a Christian nation, but at the same time assuming for arguments sake we were, I hardly believe that if Jesus did exist, he'd be against welfare or medicaid.  

          •  Not saying he would either, but that's just (1+ / 0-)
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            one person speculating about a mythical character in a book cobbled together from a bunch of stories written thousands of years ago.

            I was simply speaking to the meme "Christians against a social safety net aren't real Christians because Jesus believed in helping the poor and sick."

            "Real" Christians reject this argument saying the Bible does not argue for governmental involvement, just each individual's efforts.

            •  Oh, okay - (0+ / 0-)

              I may have mistook your point then.  And I agree. They are all about charity in theory, not in practice...

              •  Geez, didn't want to defend, but "they" do (0+ / 0-)

                engage in actual charity, and lot's of it.

                They just disagree that the government should be the one providing it.

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