Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Why isn't the church taking care of women, infants, and children? Surely the 80% of Americans who are Christians can come up with $500 million? That's what Christ commanded us to do. If the Christians in America were doing what our God told us to do, we would not need the government to legislate charity (which is not charity, incidentally, because it is taken by force and not given freely).
Agreed completely, and the RC is the largest single source of charity in both the US and the world, but at this rate its simply not enough. Unfortunately the American ethos is not very kind to charity at home, and so we have to rely on the government to force us to part with our money through taxes, because if the people in their churches are not going to cover the need, we surely can't have children starving in the streets, and for literally millions of people that is a potential. Further, we ourselves here as Orthodox Christians, when we pay our taxes to Caesar as our Lord told us, should at the least have high expectations that Caesar help out with the poor and unfortunate if the people ourselves are not seeming to step up enough to fulfill all of the need. One way or the other, we can't have people suffering from hunger, and we need to abandon political ideology which blinds our Christian hearts from the reality which our Lord and Savior commands from us when He told us to feed the hungry. Jesus Christ didn't mention anything about politics or ideology in that regard.
I would rather they cut some of the military budget than cut NASA any further. Space technology does have some benefits (anyone here use cell phones?) whereas bombing [insert sandbox here] does very little. Not to mention, we have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world a few times over...no nation-state is going to mess with us. Cut the military down to several regimental sized integrated expeditionary forces and some tactical air power plus the navy and we should be set.
As for WICs and other welfare programs, I'd just as soon we put more money into the economy and job creation so that these people would be able to provide for themselves. I wholeheartedly support the idea of a safety net, but when people use the net as a hammock we have a problem. But this is a topic for another time. The bottom line it that NASA is producing new technologies which could spawn new jobs. There is a benefit.
WIC is not a hammock, it is a crucial program which benefits children ages 0-5 and keeps them from suffering malnutrition, you'd be surprised how poor people in a rich country can actually be
It doesn't provide cash of any kind, not even food stamps, it is a voucher program where people receive voucher coupons to trade for specific food staples like bread, milk, meats, and cereals. Further, the stores that sell WIC only sell WIC, and they tend to be profitable since the government pays top prices whereas in the market they'd have to have more sales to compete, so not only does this program benefit the poor as a crucial safety net, but it also directly benefits the mom and pop food stores who otherwise couldn't possibly compete with Walmart Supercenters..
and would the poor actually get any of those NASA jobs? Doubtful..
I agree with sentiments about cutting military spending over NASA, however I am a realist, and well in the good ol U S of A that is not likely. That is all for the politics, I really wanted to keep this religious, hence why I brought up the feeding of the poor and the cutting of WIC just to put this NASA thing into perspective. Obviously, politics aside, there are several ways in which we can afford everything, military, NASA, and WIC, but that is not really an appropriate debate for this thread.
I like NASA, I like hubble, but again, if it comes at the expense of feeding the poor, mothball that whole program.