Comment: I disagree with being FORCED to pay for the welfare of others

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I disagree with being FORCED to pay for the welfare of others

Yes, I am aware if this. However, I have a problem with the whole philosophy that anyone should be FORCED into charity. Remember when local stores, churches and parents with a big heart solved this problem without FORCE? The stores would have paper bags with supplies you could pay for and someone from the school would later pick them up (kinda like they do now with Thanksgiving dinners in a bag you can purchase for someone in need). Or schools would have a donation area set up at the school. And if there were still things that were needed, notes would be sent home occasionally asking for the donation of those items. My parents, who by the way were often struggling financially themselves, would almost always find a few bucks to help out. Not only did I enjoy the feeling I got when I brought these items in, there was also often 'rewards' for doing so. The class with the most donations got a pizza party or anyone who brought something got to leave class for an hour to have extra time on the playground...
The point is I always came away from this with a good feeling. I feels good to help others. It does NOT feel good to be FORCED to be charitable. If my parents had bought me the good crayons and half way through the year all of those crayons were broken or lost and I was FORCED to then use those crappy RoseArt crayons I would NOT have had good feelings about sharing! I always took good care of my things. My son is the same way, which is why I had no problem buying him quality items. I knew they would last. So to find out that they would be community items did not sit right with me...

It is no different that being FORCED to pay for the welfare of others. I am convinced this is the reason for this trend in the community closet. They want to teach our children that everything belongs to the group. You are not entitled to keep what you have earned, not when there are people in need...