I love stories coming out about billionaires giving huge amounts to charity. Guy Fieri, Bill Gates, etc. giving millions, even billions, to help the needy, the hungry, the ill.
However, it isn’t enough.
Basically, our government has not done it’s job to help the weakest, poorest, most vulnerable of our society. And while the headline-grabbing one-time giving is fantastic, it’s not mandated. It’s a gift. These billionaires are under no obligation to keep giving. It plugs a temporary leak while the dam crumbles around them.
What we need is systemic giving and coordinated distribution of these resources to the areas that need it most…
There’s a word for that. I think I remember it. Oh, yeah! Responsible government. Social programs. Programs to help those who cannot help themselves. The sick. The disabled. The mentally ill. Those who, for whatever reason, need help now to eat, sleep, and stay safe.
The surest, fairest way to fund this is to increase the taxes on those you earn the most for an equitable share of the cost. To keep those programs systemically funded.
In the absence of responsible government, charity WILL fill in. For now. Occasionally. In places. But they will only be helping a few of the people who need the help. A vast majority remain unhelped. These people die.
A responsible society care for their poor. There is no way around this. Anything else is NOT a society, but an organization. An organization designed to help those who help themselves and screw those who cannot contribute to the corporate machine.
I don’t believe that is human or humane.
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I feel like an ass for saying this, but it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. There’s simply no way the uber rich’s hour is worth thousands of times more than the average Joe’s — dudes ain’t that exceptional, which generally means they were that conniving and aggressive.
It’s great that they are being generous. I’ve cried over Gate’s devotion to creating formula-ready vaccine factories because that’s the kind of foresight so desperately lacking in our governmental leadership. Again, generous to a level unknown by me. The only thing close in the public arena is that time some robber baron bailed out the entire US government.
It’s simply not sane to rely on the generosity of the wealthy to keep our populace alive. We’re gonna have to tax them so it’s not irregular dribbles and splorts but a solid safety net with equal access for all citizens.
Of course, like I said, it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money.
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I agree. It is easy to be generous with others’ money. I try to be generous with my own as well, though I am by no means rich. I give where I can. I would be happy to pay more taxes if I knew they were given to the social programs rather than the military machine b