Generosity vs. responsibility. Can we be both?

Generosity vs. responsibility
September 26th, 2011

Check out this letter to the editor in the NY Times (via Keith Burgess-Jackson):

We can be either a generous society or a responsible society, but not both. If we are generous, we will undermine responsibility, no matter how much social democrats and progressives try to engineer social behavior.

A responsible society basically asks people to take care of themselves; it is not kind, but such a society can sustain itself and grow. A generous society cannot maintain itself and still be free. The generosity will increasingly be paid for by more and more intrusive government control of all social behavior.

Therefore, I believe we must emphasize being a responsible society and build only that generous component—welfare and charity—that will not undermine responsibility.
WILLIAM N. HOKEManhattan Beach, Calif., Sept. 16, 2011
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