Who chooses your charities? Is it appropriate that government increase its budget to increase giving YOUR tax dollars to charities and other nonprofit organizations? Is it appropriate that government decide winners and losers using your tax dollars?
Or is it government overreach?
According to news reports:
As James Madison once said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” And Grover Cleveland noted, “The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”
The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.