Do you think it has anything to do with our diverse ethnic, cultural and religious ideas? Or is it something else?
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Thanks, excellent observations! I believe perception has become reality for many people, & unfortunately it's shaped by the internet/24 news cycles rather than reason & empathy. What happens when individual ideals don't line up with the comm
It's true that many programs are designed to help children, but they also help students, the elderly, and disabled. All good--but you stated many of the perceptions people have regarding where money is going. Why do you think they get these feelings?
The media has sold us the images of the "welfare queen" with designer handbags and clothes, new cars, flat screen TVs, taking Las Vegas vacations and partying on our tax dollars.
Few people are heartless towards the elderly or (truly disabled).
Thanks! I agree that history and the mismanagement of government funds have a lot to do with it. However, corporate & non-profits have similar issues. Maybe it's the perception that the public pays & has no choice regarding who receives aid.
Well, that's not a perception. The monies come from the public--they/we definitely do the paying--and we are told the who and where of how the money will be spent, but we are lied to because much of it goes to wasteful administration.
I agree about the wasteful spending... However, mismanagement isn't limited to the government. Sometimes I think it's a double standard stemming from the truth that we pay into this system. While some aren't as miffed by corporate mismanagement.
Some corporations and non-profits do have mismanagement problems, but no one is forced to give their money to those organizations. The individual can decide which to give to, can decide to check out the validity of the organization, or not to give.
Yes, that's exactly what I was saying... but it's a bit of a double standard idealistically speaking.
The issue is that with the government, there is no choice on any level. We are all forced to "give" whether the giving is real help, is managed right, or not, and that creates animosity. Giving from the heart always increases giving...