Thursday, February 17, 2005

It might be about power somewhat, but it's probably more about arrogant Republicans who think they know more than they really do

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/161/story_16111_1.html
Let's look at what Marvin Olasky says:
Those initiatives over the past four years have faced three sets of opponents: anti-religious bigots, long-time nonprofit recipients of federal funds, and officials who trust social service professionals more than the mom-and-pop volunteers who typically make the largest difference in inner cities.
Oh no, those mean old anti-religious bigots are at it again. The courage of the religious right to stand up to these meanies is so inspiring. And all those non-profit villains with their nerve to make Republicans look bad. And those stingy officials with their silly accountability standards making things difficult for the teeming hoards of heroic moms and pops who would raise the poor up if only the bureaucrats would let them. My, oh my.
The grant-making process that has dominated social services since the War on Poverty enables Washington bureaucrats to feel both powerful and charitable. They can make or break the charities they fund with taxpayer money. It's wonderful to feel generous, especially with someone else's dollars.
Golly gee isn't it swell that the faith-based community isn't trying to feel generous (and proselytize too) with someone else's dollars?