So much for statist “compassion”

Never let the “center-left” frauds get away with pretending their support for statism is about “compassion” for the poor. They may mean to be nicer rulers in their own view, but they do mean to rule. Exhibit A: “Houston permit rule stops couple’s effort to feed homeless

Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

I’m reminded of Harry Browne’s old story about the guy who broke another man’s legs and then handed him a pair of crutches and said “See, if it wasn’t for me then you wouldn’t be able to walk!

As one commenter on Facebook noted, “The kind of ‘compassion’ the centre-left has for people is the same kind of ‘compassion’ the farmer has by providing his cattle with hay and a barn.”

The point is that if our glorious overlords were to just let us go around helping each other willy-nilly, we might figure out that we don’t need them.


One thought on “So much for statist “compassion”

  1. B-but Brad, every caring person knows that people are basically mean-spirited. If it weren't for government and its compassion and its welfare programs, the poor would be left to rot in the gutters!

    Now, look: Bobby and Amanda Herring aren't out in the street distributing food to the hungry. Dontcha know that this proves that government is needed to redress the market failure? And their help was just piecemeal, anyway. Only people and programs sanctioned and sponsored by the government–and receiving grants accordingly–are going to solve the problem without letting the people who need help fall through the cracks.



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