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.