Several of my Facebook friends have posted the picture below showing Jimmy Carter along with the quote, "If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don't."
That's utter nonsense. I would much rather my dollars help the poor through private agencies rather than through gubmnt agencies, bureaucracies, and red tape. In fact, sometimes I wonder if the incentives created by many gubmnt programmes don't often exacerbate the problems of poverty.
Let's get this straight: saying you care about the poor and want to help them does NOT justify bigger gubmnt. For those who question this assertion, I refer you to Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a blog by libertarians who definitely care about helping the poor but who argue quite effectively that many, many gubmnt programmes are not the way to help the poor.