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Those of us who have spent our political careers trying to keep
taxes low and rein in government overspending are often called
“heartless” by the opposition. I remember a time in the California
Assembly when a Democratic colleague went to the floor and accused
me of killing children, an accusation which she was forced to
retract. Another time on that same floor, a different Democrat
inquired how blood ran through my body since I clearly had no heart
to pump it.
It is unfortunate that many in society seem to find fiscal
responsibility and caring for the needy to be mutually exclusive
objectives. It is so unfortunate because it is not true. In fact, I
firmly believe that one is necessary to do the other.
As regular readers of this missive know, I believe that it is
our moral imperative to care for those in need around us. But,
where I differ from some of our more liberal friends is on the
means to accomplish that goal. President Lyndon Johnson declared
“war on poverty” back in the 60s. Tons of new programs were set up
and tens of trillions of dollars have been spent on this “war” in
the intervening 40+ years. And,… Read More