Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Government Hates Competition...

Every time you hear that Republicans want to starve the poor, etc., remind them of this story:

Philadelphia woman faces $600-a-day fine for feeding needy neighborhood kids
A Pennsylvania woman who offers free lunch every day to low-income children in her neighborhood faces a $600-a-day fine next summer if she continues because she did not clear the food giveaway with township officials.

Angela Prattis donates her time to distribute the meals -- supplied by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia -- and adheres to strict paperwork, like filling out weekly reports and being visited bi-weekly from a state worker, MyFoxPhilly.com reports.

You see, this is a private charity. This is exactly what we mean when we say that the government is not there to take care of you.This is a church set up to help the poor - something they've been doing for hundreds if not thousands of years. And yet, because the government hates competition, they're hitting her with ridiculous fines to try and stop her from feeding hungry kids.

You know something? If this had happened in Mitt Romney's Massachusetts, I bet it would have been front page news three days running. Since it's happening in Democratically controlled Phillie; not a peep. This is exactly the kind of thing that you think they'd want to happen - after all, it is "for the children"... Yet because her house isn't zoned properly (WTF? Is there a "free lunch" zone?), someone dimed her out to the local warlords. Really. Someone ratted her out to the authorities because she was feeding hungry kids.

But you know what? When you give a hungry kid a lunch, their parents don't get dependent on the government and therefore more likely to vote for whoever's in power. They are not beholden to one party or another to receive this food; they simply show up and eat. They don't get a check every month that they *might* use for food - but can really use for whatever they want, including smokes and booze.

I guess, in heartless Philadelphia, there really ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Old NFO said...

That is just a pathetic abuse of authority...

DaddyBear said...

I heard a story once that Mother Teresa wanted to open a chapter of her order in an American city, but was turned down because they couldn't afford to put in an elevator. Apparently it's better that the poor and disabled live on the street than be carried upstairs by a team of nuns.

Remember, it's only a good cause if the money for it is gathered with the aid of men with guns. Voluntary charity is uncontrollable and must be prevented at all costs. This lady ought to do it, get fined, then use groups like the ACLU to defend herself.

Mikael said...

Here's where I point out that Mother Theresa was not a good person.

Her vaunted 'hospital' in mumbai is nothing more than a place where the sick can suffer in peace until they die. She didn't attempt to actually cure anyone, that wasn't her intent. She was a fan of suffering. Of course when she herself was sick she went straight to a specialist, nothing wrong with that, but it shows the hypocricy.

She didn't help the poor, she made sure they kept on suffering.

She had very hardline catholic views on women. Basically against all women's rights. She brainwashed girls to be nothing but "good servants to their husbands". She built up an international corporation using these girls basically as slave labour.

Most of the money she did recieve(sometimes from people of very poor moral character, like frauds and dictators) went to building convents in her name.

There's a very real chance she had Munchhausen by proxy.

She was a deeply unpleasant immoral person.

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Mikael said...

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