Charitable organizations are addressing problems the federal government only talks about. World Magazine, a biweekly Christian publication, has given its annual "Hope Award for Effective Compassion" (note the word "Effective") to My Safe Harbor, an organization in Anaheim, Calif., that "helps single mothers break the dysfunctional cycle of broken homes." The program promotes faith, personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions. Its goal is not to addict people to a government check, but to free them from dependency so they can have the dignity that goes with earning their own check. It is an anti-poverty program that works.
If Republicans want to regain trust, they should be focusing less on the failures of Democrats and more on the successes of Republican governors, legislatures, charitable organizations like My Safe Harbor, and volunteers. They are achieving goals Washington can't. Instead, Washington continues to misspend too much money with little to show for it, except ever-increasing debt.
The USA Today poll found that young people put "elected official or working for one" at the very bottom of their career choices. Given the performance of Washington's political class, who can blame them?
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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