Real charity starts at home

Real charity starts at home

Rod Dreher has a new column up at Dallas Morning News saying that his Catholic values sometimes trump his political allegiances. In this case, it was the Texas GOP having scaled back the Children’s Health Insurance Program and his own experience when a family he knew from his parish was hit by the cutbacks.

These devoutly Christian folks work hard for a living. Until very recently, Joan was a home-schooling, stay-at-home mom, who helped out in the family moving business and at church. These are the kind of good family people who hold society together. And when they have their ox in a ditch, society is willing to walk on by.

One way or another, my family is going to help the Kimbers, who are also making draconian adjustments. But what about the Texans who aren’t in a position to draw on the assistance of church and friends, and who have no more room to maneuver?

Okay, I don’t know the details of the Texas budget situation, whether there was actual bloat in the CHIP program, and so on. But, on a general principle, I think it illustrates why having government in charge of charity is a problem in the first place.