Cutting Federal Aid Undermines Charities
As a fundraiser for charities that serve impoverished families, I am tired of hearing people argue that we don't need government aid to the poor because charities should handle it. The vast majority of charities that aid the poor receive a large proportion of their income from government grants or contracts. Without Medicaid, hospitals that treat the poor would go bankrupt. Without public funds for child welfare, agencies that work with abused children would go bankrupt. Without food stamps, food banks and soup kitchens would be so overwhelmed by demand that they would soon have nothing left to give. Unless you're willing to give these charities all that you now pay in tax and then some, don't tell me how charities can handle poverty without government assistance. Private charity and public programs are partners, not competitors.