Obama won!

Maybe the U.S. can now reopen the conversation about the role of government versus the role of volunteer and non-profit organizations that the Bushes and Clinton shut down.

A few years ago, if I’m remembering correctly, Bush II gave awards to a group of religious organizations for their work on behalf of the poor. The leaders of these groups said thank you very much, but pointed out that they had stepped in only because the government had slashed holes in the country’s support net. They’d expected to be running soup kitchens, drug rehab centers, and homeless shelters only for a year or two, just until the emergency was over. Here they were, though, still running their programs 10, 20 years later.

Time for a change, indeed.

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