What type of annual taxes do you mean?These are some huge issues right here. Personally, I was taught that it's the responsibility of the strong to help the weak. That's the bottom line.[b]But objectively speaking, why is it my responsibility to support these women and their children in any way?
At what point are people expected to assume responsibility for their own lives?
That's why I support social problems, am proud to pay annual taxes that you wouldn't believe, and will always contribute to charity. There are infinite ways that people can be weak. Some have low IQ, some have mental illness, some have weak spirits. When a child is brought into this world, it is all of our responsibilities.
I hate to say this, but what's up with pro-lifers being so religious and not understanding what I always took to be a fundamental christian teaching: Are you not your brother's keeper?
Yeah, some people are just cold-hearted. That's another human character flaw...but it is their right to be that way, I suppose. The label "Christian" doesn't guarantee good behavior.
But I think what contributes to the cold-heartedness is that there are a lot of lazy whiners out there that sort of ruin in for people who are well-intentioned but just need some help. My best friend had a baby, quit her job to stay home with the baby while the baby's father lived wth them and supported them on a really good salary. They took trips to the Caribbean and Hawaii twice a year and they had lots of nice stuff. But she collected welfare and told the welfare office she didn't know who the father of her child is. Not *where* he is but *who* he is! Another good friend of mine was a welfare fruad investigator for the City of New York, and the stories she'd tell me would make me wanna puke. These sorts of stories sort of cloud a person's perception of the problem.
And another part I guess is that these 'religious' people do not want to condone bad behavior -- premarital sex, etc. Some see it as condoning it if they offer help.