Mitt Romney and coal in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Cutting welfare isn’t mean and heartless
A common and recently rehashed argument against libertarians and conservatives in general is that they want to reduce and alter state welfare, which must mean they are heartless pigs trying to make the rich richer.
Liberals seem not to believe that there is a different motive behind these cuts — that promoting welfare is different than providing for it, that this land promises freedom, not equal outcome. There are other countries that cater to that.
Does that mean welfare in general is wrong? Of course not.
But the federal government is a proven expert at wasting money on programs, social or otherwise.
Private organizations, like the welfare branch of Mitt Romney’s church, on the other hand, help people efficiently without engendering dependence, and allow people to choose how best to use more of their own money.
Politicians redistributing other people’s money is not synonymous with compassion on their part, and advocating state welfare reduction is not synonymous with greed.