I appreciate The Times’ willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I’m glad his voice is heard.
In a recent column, he wrestled with questions about abortion, but he decided he ultimately fell in the “pro-choice” camp. Well, I’d like to say I’m pro-choice, too, but I will define pro-choice differently. I believe that Americans should have the choice of whether they want to support an organization like Planned Parenthood. When tax dollars go to PP, we citizens no longer have any choice in the matter.
We would be much better off if Congress stopped granting other people’s money to support controversial organizations that are only tenuously connected to the purpose for which our government was created. Promoting the general welfare does not mean taking forcibly from some (through taxes, borrowing, or inflation) and giving to others who are well-connected.
Let’s encourage our political representatives (not “leaders”) to realize that the money, in the words of Davy Crockett’s famous essay, is “not theirs to give.”