Tornados beg question: How much should government do for those in need?

April 30, 2011

The tornado devastation in the South is just heartbreaking. So many or our neighbors have lost their lives and are now homeless. This is a time in which we as a nation need to reach out and do all that we can. But where would these neighbors be without the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government organizations that exist to help in emergencies?

Yet those who constantly talk about the need for small government hold to the philosophy that we each need to solve our own problems without government intervention. I have seen some quoted as saying that it is immoral for the government to be in the business of helping the needy. The House of Representatives has proposed a budget that would wipe out almost every safety net that we have for those in need.

These disasters and the discussion of the budget raises the need that we have for a national discussion on what role our government should have in our daily lives. Right now this discussion seems to be limited to those on each end of the political spectrum. It's time for all of us to stand up and take part.

Paul Ciesla, Aberdeen

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