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December 11th, 2011

I know there are a lot of good, decent Christians out there... just wondering why none of them seem to make it into the modern GOP, and all the politicians seems to be doing is catering the the most radical of their followers. I realize that the government can't take care of everyone, nor do I think that it should. There needs to be tougher regulations to stop those who try and game the system. However, I also don't think it is a smart thing to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.

Rather than getting rid of those programs and agencies designed to help the less fortunate change then so they actually *help.* Right now, the way government assistance is implemented it creates the very problem of perpetual dependence people bitch about because there is no graduated level of aid. It's an all or nothing hand OUT rather than an effective hand UP. People are not permitted to work at all if they want to receive assistance rather being encouraged TO work and then being given enough assistance be able to make ends meet, assistance that is scaled back as they become better equipped to take care of themselves and their families on their own.

For example, a friend of mine was looking for aid to get back on her feet after her divorce. She had a job, but it barely paid enough to meet all of her bills and allow her to adequately take care of her daughter. All she was looking for was a little help until she got back on her feet and could find a better paying job. She was told that if she wanted help, she would have to quit her job first. Where is the sense in that? They would have paid 3 times as much for her to go on full welfare than if they simply gave her enough to carry through. How does that possibly make sense?

But rather than working to change the rules the current leadership in the GOP wants to just scrap everything and let people fend for themselves. That they keep insisting that people are only poor because they choose to be shows how out of touch they are and how little "Christian charity" they actually have. Why is it that those politicians who claim to be the "true followers of Christ" seem to be the biggest hypocrites?

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