Magazine article Tikkun

Clinton's Community Summit

Magazine article Tikkun

Clinton's Community Summit

Article excerpt

Remember the classic definition of chutzpah: the person who kills his parents, then asks the court for mercy because he is an orphan?

Well, Clinton is following that same path...destroying the social support system built up over the course of fifty years, then turning to the American people and asking that we take responsibility for repairing the damage he has done.

Of course, we will do our best. The ethos of caring and solidarity lies deep within the American soul, and many people will respond to Clinton's call. An upsurge in volunteerism and taking responsibility is a good thing, and we welcome it!

One of the destructive things about liberal social programs was that they defined caring in "objective" terms - so that what really counted, supposedly, was the delivery of money, not the delivery of subjective caring. Objective caring was unable to sustain a constituency, because the recipients began to think of their benefits as "entitlements" and the taxpayers felt resentful that their tax monies neither solved the problems of poverty nor were they appreciated by the recipients (who rightly complained that these benefits were not adequate to sustain a reasonable living and so could not experience what they did receive as a manifestation of the community's generosity). …

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