Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
As we discussed on this week's episode, the government has put several great programs in place over the years. Programs that support parents and caregivers, those with disabilities, our veterans, and many others. These programs have helped many people over the years. But who funds these programs and what can we do when there is not enough to go around?
Quality vs Quantity
The government runs on a budget and its funds come from our taxes. As we all kind of agreed upon in this week's discussion, no one really wants to see their taxes increased. So, when you have a limited amount of funds to work with, you are left with a decision to provide quality care to a limited number of people or adequate care to a larger quantity of people. In both examples, people will find something to complain about. Either there will be people turned away for care or they feel they are not receiving the care they deserve. When it is a public/tax-funded program, it's been my experience that people are more opinionated and critical about the process and overall care received.
What will you do about it?
Maybe you're one of those people. Not trying to call you out (okay, yeah I guess I am) but if you have criticized a problem or lack there of, what are you going to do about it? We talked about protesting a few weeks ago, you could do that I suppose, you could go out and raise awareness about a cause that you obviously believe in. But may I suggest you take it a step further?
If you believe in it enough to be so passionate about it to protest or even just take the time to post a simple rant on Facebook, maybe you should do something about it yourself. There are plenty of ways one person can make a difference, even if it's only for one person. Aside from the most obvious, giving money, you can also give your time and talents. Volunteer your time and/or expertise to help others in your community.
Don't just speak up about a problem without offering a solution. Put your money (or time and talent) where your mouth is and make a difference.
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