P.J. O'Rourqe adds:
"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity. And no virtue in advocating it. A politician who commends himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Who isn’t? A voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money—if a gun is held to his head.”Another thing socialism gets rid of is the business of mercy, meekness, humility, justice, and gratitude. Gone are the lessons learned of a salvational figure who comes to the aid of those who cannot meet the necessities of life on their own, and require a mediator to relinquish actual pain and suffering. Gone are the feelings of gratitude towards someone who has brought over a box of their own food, or written a check from their own back account that is the fruit of their own personal labor, or their own time and talents to work or repair or administer in ways that the needy themselves couldn't accomplish. Gone is the meekness and humility needed to go to meet with individuals, hat in hand, month after month, to plead for help to provide when they themselves are unable, replaced with forms to fill out, lines to stand in, and meeting with government workers who have no personal "skin in the game" because they themselves will not be giving of their own personal time/funds. Gone is the knowledge that if you don't earn it yourself then there is no guarantee that you're going to get it.