Maybe it should be the other way around…

My friend John Weightman wrote this in a comment on Facebook:

In the UK I have noticed that there appears to be a tendency for some people to want to 'roll back the state' when it involves being generous to the disadvantaged or the sick, but to want a bigger state when it comes to the military, the police or prisons. Now that seems to me to be just the opposite of what Jesus taught. Perhaps we should fund the military by charitable giving and street collections and the needy through our taxes.

I think that his point, and particularly the last sentence, gets at some important issues very nicely, and would have great potential to make its point through a poster:

“Perhaps we should fund the military by charitable giving…and the needy through our taxes.”

UPDATE: And, within a matter of minutes, on Facebook, this appeared:



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  • Just Sayin’

    Needs a comma after ‘collections’.

    • James F. McGrath

      Indeed, it does!

    • Beau Quilter

      Yes because if you put the comma after “giving”, the graphic would suggest that we should fund street collections through our taxes.

      I think we already do this. It’s called a Wall Street bailout.

  • JB Chappell

    An interesting question, to be sure. I guess one response I would offer is that a government system that can assure a reasonably high quality of life, but not necessarily the preservation of life, may not be as desirable as the opposite.

  • cameronhorsburgh

    A favourite quote I picked up somewhere: It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Navy has to hold a bake sale to buy a ship. — Sylvia Weinstein