Our safety net is threatened

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The deep recession two years ago has put our safety net to the test.

Millions of workers, through no fault of their own, were thrown out of work. Most are still unable to find jobs, or at least jobs at a living wage. A large number also lost access to affordable health care.

Some of those unaffected by the recession are complaining loudly about the government's efforts to provide unemployment payments, and to its spending to help stimulate the economy to get people back to work. They now fret about our public debt, but were silent as Reagan and Bush ran up nearly 80 percent of it.

There appears to be a sharp divide among us -- those whose unsaid motto seems to be "I've got mine," and those who consider themselves part of a community that includes the unfortunate. The debate over health care is a good example of this divide.

Many of those with assured access to our health-care system resent efforts basic to "Obamacare" -- that no one should be excluded, and that health care access should be a right.

The upcoming election is critical to which way our country will go. It seems that the "I got mine" segment is winning, at least in the noise level. That could change if we get the youth and the needy to vote, with a turnout bigger than in 2008.

My reading of the New Testament tells me that a big part of Jesus' message was to help those in need. As a predominately Christian nation, the present dominance of self-centeredness is puzzling.

Victor Reilly

Aiken, S.C.

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soldout
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soldout 10/09/10 - 11:12 pm
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Jesus never took from the

Jesus never took from the rich and gave to the poor. He taught people how to be blessed and making then able to be a cheerful giver. His message on healing should also be taught and much sickness would be eliminated. He died for your sins but took stripes and was beaten for your healing. Part of the divide has been created by the poor having an envy of the rich. To improve your finances you need to do what rich people do. Jesus talked about money a lot and promised to meet all your needs. It is all about sowing and reaping and not making a heart judgement on rich people but learning from them. The Bible also says those who compare themselves to others are not wise. Doing that will make you either feel like you are better than others or make you feel defeated. The word says that you should prosper and be in health. Life will become what you expect it be over the long-haul. The government may lose the ability to take care of you but God will not.

dani
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dani 10/10/10 - 02:37 am
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2Thessalonians...is a

2Thessalonians...is a parable, " let those who work, eat." This was pertaining to workers who refused to help harvest the food and expected to share in the bounty. Those working could not reap enough for all, so the order was issued.
Do you see the similarity to what is happening today. The workers are tired...give them a break. Most are perfectly willing to share with truly needy.
How much more would you burden them with.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 10/10/10 - 03:56 am
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Reuben Rockwell's letter in

Reuben Rockwell's letter in favor of the Fair Tax (also in today's Chronicle) is the anecdote to the problem Victor Reilly complains of. For more people to become employed and adequately insured, our nation needs to become the kind of place where employers want to set up shop and do business. The answer isn't socialism or increased taxes. Under socialism, European economies have been stagnant for decades.

By the way, has anyone noticed the Obamacare waivers our government has been granting to teachers' unions and certain businesses? More and more organizations are recognizing what a burden Obamacare will be.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/10/10 - 06:21 am
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Mr. Reilly- Who pays for it?

Mr. Reilly- Who pays for it? Just a couple of little points about the impending diseaster called Obama care. 1) There are not enought doctors, nurses or other health care workers to support the people that are going to be clogging the health care system under Obama care. 2) Somebody has to pay for this who? Health insurance premiums are sky rocketing because health insurance companies now have cover pre exisitng illness and young people hanging off thier parents till they are twenty eight. 3) The federal government has MISSED 30% of mandated deadlines for policy implimentation. 4)Over 50 companies included McDonalds have been issued waivers out of the health care system because OBAMA care is so screwed up these evil corperations can't possibly meet the requirements. 5) The health care bill is going to INCREASE government debt and deficits instead of reducing them as OBAMA PROMISED (another lie to the American people)! We are only nine months into the four year implimentation periods and already it is a mess.

Pelosi PROMISED (another Democratic lie) that there would be no more deficit spending and the House passed a resolution saying ever spending bill would be neurtal. Now when Republicans hold the Democrates to THEIR resolution we are greedy and evil. What a crock!

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carcraft 10/10/10 - 06:24 am
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dani-In the early Christian

dani-In the early Christian Church the worship service included a meal after the service. Peole would show up andhang out not aiding with the mission of the Church, cleaning up, providing food etc. Hence Paul's admonition. That Christians should support people so they can fornicate, party, and lead immoral lives would raise the ire of Paul. There is nothing Christian about our parasitic culture. The virtues of temperance, prudance and self control have gone out the window! The sins of self indulgence, immorality, and envy are now virtues! I am not sure what Bible Mr. Reilly reads!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/10/10 - 06:24 am
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Jesus' message WAS to help

Jesus' message WAS to help those in need. The message was not intended to use government to MAKE you help those in need but rather to be a cheerful giver. I don't think being forced makes one cheerful.

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Dixieman 10/10/10 - 06:32 am
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Safety net = in good times

Safety net = in good times you save so you can provide for your family in bad times. You do not play grasshopper and then whine that the ant owes you food, clothing, shelter, etc. because he doesn't.

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carcraft 10/10/10 - 06:51 am
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Many of the people that

Many of the people that recieve wilfare are not in "need" welfare debit cards have been used to fund gambling trips to Los Vagas, buy alchohol and lottery tickets etc..What a whiny letter..

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Rhetor 10/10/10 - 06:53 am
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Soldout, our Lord also taught

Soldout, our Lord also taught us that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to get to heaven--food for thought, not?

Rhetor
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Rhetor 10/10/10 - 06:53 am
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Soldout, our Lord also taught

Soldout, our Lord also taught us that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to get to heaven--food for thought, not?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/10/10 - 07:14 am
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The more government takes to

The more government takes to fund their charity projects the less other charities are seeing in donations.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 08:38 am
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Rhetor, the peculiar shaped

Rhetor, the peculiar shaped gateways through the walls surrounding cities were called the eye of the needle. A camel can get through them on their knees, the same way a man gets into heaven. Food for thought.

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slippery 25 10/10/10 - 08:37 am
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A rich man before Obamacare

A rich man before Obamacare could give money to a poor man. ( church, charities etc) Now he gives it to the government which pays 50 employees to give less to the poor man.

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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 08:39 am
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Victor, the government as the

Victor, the government as the distributor of all wealth is called slavery.

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TrukinRanger 10/10/10 - 09:08 am
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If Jesus were here today he'd
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If Jesus were here today he'd have a lot of work to do! Retraining his followers... we'd probably have to outsource all that work because there'd be few in this country that would actually understand it.

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NoCatchyName 10/10/10 - 10:01 am
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The former USSR and Cuba have

The former USSR and Cuba have both operated on the "take from the haves and give to the have nots" principal that Mr. Reilly and the left leaning faction in this country seem to favor. Before forcing it upon the rest of us, perhaps Mr. Reilly should go aroad and try it first hand.

God helps those who help themselves.

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dichotomy 10/10/10 - 10:41 am
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What a crock. The safety net

What a crock. The safety net is only in trouble because we keep extending it. There have been numerous reports recently of people who are turning down jobs because their unemployment payments have been extended again. And as for the welfare leeches? They were sucking our money down the drain even back during the good years. They are not using the safety net, they are using the lazy man's recliner and welfare queen's lounge chair. Our safety net is not in trouble.....our country is in trouble because we cannot get perfectly healthy people out of the government lounge chair. Mr. Reilly poses that healthcare should be a right but he is wrong. It is no more a right than is having cable TV, a house, a car, free food, free clothing, and free spending money. But the welfare culture has managed to covince us that we should give them all of those things under the auspices of being a "safety net". We have now reached the point where the people who need a safety net are the ones who are PAYING ALL OF THOSE BILLS. This is not a "I've got mine situation". This is a "I'd like to see some indication that you are making some kind of effort to go out and get yours on your own" situation. Unfortunately all I see is more of those who have decided not to seek work because our Democrat safety net officials decided to mail them an unearned check for another year or so and raise my taxes in order to do so. I do not think your Jesus, and I know our Constitution, ever intended for you to keep sticking your hand in my pocket and taking money from my family to support yourself. The old saying "help those who help themselves" does not mean help yourself to my money Mr. Reilly. Unfortunately our socialist government seems to interpret it that way just as they interpret "safety net" as "total government support".

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Rolling Eyes 10/10/10 - 10:39 am
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I think its hilarious that so

I think its hilarious that so many fools seem to believe that all the people who stand against Obama's policies must be greedy, rich people. What a blind view of the big picture!

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Chillen 10/10/10 - 11:27 am
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One only has to go to today's

One only has to go to today's AC article about the tele-jobs being added here in Augusta to see that some folks feel that those are "beneath" them and that they are "too good" to work for $10 per hour. I mean honestly, why bother when you get unlimited unemployment/welfare? Along with food stamps and taxpayer funded healthcare (medicaid).

I promise that if unemployment was cut off after a few months, many folks would be thanking their lucky stars that those jobs are available.

Once again, government interference with the private market is messing things up. We have created a new group of folks who are dependant on the government - as if we didn't already have enough.

Mr. Reilly, you have really missed the mark with this letter. It is not "I got mine", it is "I planned, saved and sacrificed to get mine". My business is slightly off but I am prepared for the downturn, with years of savings to get me through any rough times. Our family put off getting manicures, fancy vacations, new cars, luxury hair salon appointments, and many other things to get to this point. Most American's cannot say the same thing and that is why they are in trouble right now.

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impossible 10/10/10 - 12:02 pm
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Victor. Do some research on
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Victor. Do some research on who makes the most contributions to charities (Planned Parenthood is not a charity, nor is the DNC) and you will see that conservatives take the Beatitudes seriously, much more seriously than the liberals. Would love to see your income tax records. Jesus didn't say give everything to Caesar, but only that which is Caesars. Obama's definition of "what is Caesars" is not the same definition that Jesus would use. The safety net that Obama has destroyed (had to be deliberate) is employment opportunity. That comes from the private sector, not from Govt. Not from "stimulus" which is only a slick way of funding Obama's special interests, primarily the Unions. To those who think rather than "feel" you letter is one more reminder of why they should not vote for liberals - especially any who pretend at election to be conservatave.

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corgimom 10/10/10 - 01:21 pm
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Chillen, a job at $10.00/hour

Chillen, a job at $10.00/hour for a family of four is poverty-level earnings.

Maybe it's not that people think that such work is beneath them, maybe people want to provide for their families- and at $10/hr, they can't.

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dani 10/10/10 - 05:34 pm
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$10.00 an hour is better

$10.00 an hour is better than the alternative. Goodness gracious, have a little pride and don't live life with your hand out.
$400.00 a week, more than $1600 a month is not chump change, even after taxes.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/10/10 - 09:01 pm
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Anyone who has a family of 4

Anyone who has a family of 4 trying to make it on $10/hour has some serious issues. Both adults should be working and honestly, they should not have had the kids.

Responsibility. Planning. Hard Work. Self Control. Commitment. Independence. Refusal to Accept Handouts. Pride.

All are missing in a huge segment of America.

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chascush 10/10/10 - 09:19 pm
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dani, '$400.00 a week, more

dani, '$400.00 a week, more than $1600 a month is not chump change, even after taxes.'
nobody making so little pays taxes. I know some people that would like a job making $10/hr

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soldout 10/10/10 - 09:58 pm
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God's blessings can make a

God's blessings can make a ten dollar an hour job perform like a twenty dollar an hour job. It is always easier to get a better job when you are already working. Work does more for us than just provide money.

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