Charity Not Government Welfare
- Love; universal benevolence;
- Liberality to the poor and the
suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
- Whatever is bestowed
gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of
- A charitable institution, or a
gift to create and support such an institution.
- Eleemosynary appointments
[grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education,
religious culture, and public institutions.
- financial aid and other
benefits for people who are unemployed, below a specific income level, or
otherwise requiring assistance, especially when provided by a government
agency or program.
- concerning or designed to aid
people who are poor, unemployed, or in need of assistance in some other way.
- receiving government financial
aid or benefits because of income level, unemployment, or other conditions
that create a need for assistance.
- Introduction and
- Our plans focus on
ensuring that America remains safe, terrorists are defeated, and
democracy flourishes in the world … on promoting works of compassion and
strengthening our greatest values …
- Winning the War on
- Building a Better
World Based on Democratic Governments, Free Markets, and International
applaud President Bush for launching groundbreaking efforts to
address the needs and hopes of the world's poor, cutting across
traditional boundaries to focus on what works. We agree with
President Bush that the United States must use this moment of
opportunity to extend the benefits of freedom across the globe - by
actively working to bring the hope of democracy, development, free
markets, and free trade to every corner of the world.
support the President's goal to help unleash the productive
potential of individuals in all nations. The United States and other
developed countries should set an ambitious and specific target: to
double the size of the world's poorest economies within a decade.
- We endorse the
strategies that the United States is pursuing to achieve this goal,
- insisting upon
measurable results to ensure that development assistance is
actually making a difference in the lives of the world's poor;
- We applaud the
numerous African, American, and other international private
organizations - including faith-based groups, hospitals, medical
schools, corporations, and philanthropies - that are helping the
people of Africa as they fight HIV/AIDS with courage.
- Ushering in an Ownership
- Tax Relief: Making
it Happen, Making it Permanent
- We believe that
good government is based on a system of limited taxes and spending.
Furthermore, we believe that the federal government should be
limited and restricted to the functions mandated by the United
States Constitution. The taxation system should not be used to
redistribute wealth or fund ever-increasing entitlements and social
- Building an Innovative,
Globally Competitive Economy
- Tax Reform
- Because of the
vital role of religious and fraternal benevolent societies in
fostering charity and patriotism, they should not be subject to
- His Faith-Based
Initiative is extending the work of religious and charitable groups
that operate in cities - serving meals, helping the homeless, and
providing mentors for children.
- Helping Ex-Offenders
Contribute to Society
- The initiative
will harness the resources and experience of faith-based and
community organizations in providing job training and placement
services to 50,000 non-violent adult ex-offenders, transitional
housing for up to 30,000, and voluntary mentoring support for those
- Faith-Based and
- The renewal of
entire communities is an awesome task that involves one human face,
and one human heart at a time. But the American people have a long
and seasoned history of working wonders. Government does have a role
to play, but as a partner, not a rival, to the armies of compassion.
These forces have roots in the areas they serve, often based in
local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Their leaders are
people to whom the disadvantaged are not statistics, but neighbors,
friends, and moral individuals created in the image of God.
- We applaud
President Bush's efforts to promote the generous and compassionate
work of America's faith-based and neighborhood charities. The
President established the Office of Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives in the White House to coordinate federal, state, and
local efforts to tear down barriers that have prevented religiously
affiliated groups from applying for government grants on an equal
footing with secular organizations. While the federal government
must not promote religious activity, advocate on behalf of any
religion, or fund any organization that discriminates on the basis
of religion when providing taxpayer-funded services, no organization
should be disqualified from receiving federal funds simply because
it displays religious symbols, has a statement of faith in its
mission statement, or has a religious leader on its board. As a
result of the President's leadership, the federal government is
ending discrimination against faith-based organizations and now
welcomes these groups as partners and allies in the effort to
deliver social services to people in need. Faith-based groups must
show that their programs are effective at providing help - whether
it be serving the needs of the homeless, mentoring children, or
helping Americans who battle addiction. Faith can often be a crucial
element in the struggle to overcome personal challenges - and now
Americans have the option of receiving treatment that meets their
physical as well as spiritual needs. We commend the President for
his steadfast support of people and institutions of faith, and we
urge the Congress to act on legislative proposals to enhance
private-sector works of charity and compassion. We also affirm that
the hiring rights of religious organizations must be maintained so
that religious charities do not have to abandon their religious
character in order to provide publicly funded services.
- Leading the Fight
against HIV/AIDS - At Home and Abroad
- We fully support
the use of faith-based organizations as partners on the ground in
HIV/AIDS relief efforts because they often have the most capability,
credibility, and conviction for performing this important work in
different communities, regions, and countries.
- Protecting Our Families
- The Next Steps in
- In 1996, the
Republican Congress made history by passing welfare reform that
revolutionized the way the government helps people build better
lives for themselves. The federal government gave states the
flexibility to manage the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
program, and both states and federal authorities began treating
welfare as a step up rather than a way of life. Since the 1996
Republican-led law, welfare caseloads have declined by half, and
nearly three million Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
- We need to build
on the results of the 1996 reforms and continue to move welfare
recipients into jobs and off the welfare rolls. This is especially
important for single women and mothers, who continue to rely on
welfare and fear that they cannot find a job or enter a training
program because they need to care for their children.
- We endorse
President Bush's plan to extend the benefits of welfare reform by
strengthening work requirements and promoting healthy marriages, and
offering training, transportation, and child care services to help
people become self-sufficient. Every American deserves a chance to
know the pride of earning a paycheck and providing for his or her
- Works of
Compassion Should Be Promoted
- Unleash the
Productive Potential of Individuals
- Taxation System
Should Not be Used to To Distribute Wealth or Fund Entitlements and
Should be a Partner, Not a Rival, to the Armies of Compassion
Organizations Should Not be Disqualified from Receiving Federal
- Welfare Reforms
Help People Become Self-sufficient
Administrative Policy Initiatives
Republican Sponsored Legislature
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