If this idea catches on, I would lose my job -- but it would be worth it.
Government social service programs are a scam favoring public employee unions and the Democratic Party. Charlie Earl presents the evidence, which in fact is very simple: The poverty rate today is almost the same as it was in 1967, when President Lyndon Johnson started his "Great Society" initiatives (at the same time, I might add, as we were fighting the Vietnam War. Those of us who are old enough might remember the "guns vs. butter" debate).
Charlie observes that we have spent $5 trillion on social welfare programs in 44 years, and for what?
What those most in need need most, is love. And no government agency can provide that; but charitable individuals and their organizations (especially religious ones) can.
Instead of charity, we have allowed government to become a perverted Robin Hood, stealing from everyone, so they can give to the voters who will support certain candidates. It replaces common sense with an elitist "conventional wisdom," and community with a socially-enforced loneliness that breeds drug usage and crime.
One workable solution to the $8 billion hole in Ohio's budget is not higher taxes, but returning social welfare to local communities and to the people themselves. The resulting prosperity in the private sector will enable me to find another job.