A question of obligations?

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    Should the average, working class American feel any obligation whatsoever arising from the ills that afflict third world countries? Sure it sucks that there are starving children in Africa and elsewhere, many with aids. Sucks for them anyway. But should anyone really feel obligated to make personal sacrifices on their behalf? If yes, why do you think so and how much of a sacrifice is sufficient to warrant a good night's sleep?
     
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    The Government takes our tax money and sends it wherever they please. If you pay taxes, you are already obligated.
     
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    Its not about losing sleep ,its about what kind of world we what to create.
     
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    So I can still rest easy if I don't make any supplimental sacrifices?

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    Does that mean you don't give any credence to the phrase, "think globally, act locally?"
     
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    Of course! That said, there are a lot of people in the US that need your help. Find a local charity and give generously. Better yet, not only give your money but your time, too. You'll be glad you did.
     
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    Why? My taxes go to help them too. No?
     
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    That's a good point. Since social spending continues to increase at an alarming rate, there will come a time when nobody will give. This is happening now in European countries where they are taxed to death. You also find people like Joe Biden here in the US who don't believe in giving to charity because the government will provide. I say go for it!
     
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    Another irony. Today is the birthday of the father of the Democratic Party. You are right about ever-increasing spending, and the whirrring sound you hear is Andrew Jackson spinning in his grave.

    1767-Andrew Jackson born in South Carolina, near the North Carolina border.(-1845). He was the 7th president, but one of many firsts: first non- aristocrat, first president to marry a divorcee, first to use the “pocket veto,” first to us an informal “kitchen cabinet”, and the first to leave the United States with no national debt.
     
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    Syrenn's goat thread reminded me of this...
     

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