Monday, February 27, 2006

Charity

Charity is a good thing.

I tend to prefer Dad's way of charity, finding someone who needs something, and giving them a helping hand, rather than throwing money at some organization where who knows where that money will end up.

Lisa and I undertook a couple of those activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, before Rita hit (in fact, I wound up driving home through Rita because we took a little too long getting all our ducks in a row).

Oprah Winfrey is building houses in Houston for displaced refugees from New Orleans. On the face of it, it seems to be a good charity project. Lisa and I may go help build houses there one weekend this spring. We'll keep you posted :)

On a political note: The more that average folks like us undertake charity work, as we're able (right now, Lisa and I can't spare a lot of $$, but we could take a weekend to go help), the less traction there is for the government to step in and say "We need to help these people, and your taxes are going to go up to cover it".

People help people FAR better than the FedGov can help people. Pay attention for a chance to help, and when you see one, do it. Then tell the Federal Government to shut the hell up. Beuracracies soak up money and time, both of which are precious resources; individuals can put the money and time where they'll do the most good.

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