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  •  This does point up a major flaw ... (13+ / 0-)

    in Republican philosophy.  The charities that the Obama's give are worthy, as are most.  However, if left totally to charitable giving many worthy and indeed vital tasks would go undone.  Individual and corporate charity cannot replace Medicare, Medicaid,  Social Security, Veterans Hospitals, and numerous other government functions and it is totally irresponsible to suggest that they can.  These are not in reality true charities as it is in the best interest of the country, and indeed a national security issue, to support these programs, which are in turn at least partly supported by premiums and taxes

    That said, I applaud the Obamas for their giving and will do my own best to give as much as I can to make the world a better place. Charity cannot replace government responsibility and government cannot replace charity. We need both if we want to have a decent society.  

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