Last night, my county voted to close a long term care facility due to budget constraints. I get it. When funding is limited, hard choices have to be made. But if you had the choice, which would you close? A library that serves the masses, parks and recreation, or a facility that serves a handful of elderly alzheimer patients who have no where else to go?
Of course, the above choice is an oversimplification. Closing a library won’t fund a long term care facility for the elderly. But I fear there’s a trend developing. As government grows to provide benefits for the masses, perversely, those in the most need fall by the wayside.
Massive entitlements to the middle class are swamping our budget. We can’t fund everything. Programs must be cut – but no one wants to touch the vote getters like Social Security and Medicare. So what gets cut? The basic social safety net. Because the truly needy are thankfully few and eighty year-old alzheimers patients tend not to vote. Is this compassionate liberalism?
So here’s a differnt choice: do we provide entitlements for the masses or a social safety net for the needy few? Because it doesn’t look like we can do both.