While channel surfing last night, Sweetie and I happened upon "60 Minutes Wednesday." One of the stories was about a program in Baltimore that helps ex-cons leave behind a life of crime and addiction. (For video, click here. Then select "60 Minutes (WED)", and then select "A Way To Keep Ex-Cons At Home".) Sounds like a great idea, huh?
One of the questions asked was one of the "you know what people will say when they watch this" variety: You can't save everybody, so why bother trying? Why? Because a government doesn't have the luxury of picking and choosing whom to save, that's why. Government has to try and save everybody, otherwise what is it there for? As an individual, you can choose to turn your back upon the addict, the homeless, or the criminal. But a government cannot because it exists for everyone -- including the addict, the homeless, and the criminal.
Lately, it seems like our government has freely indulged in this luxury. I think that's why I've been so angry for the last five years.