A recent letter to the editor criticized Commissioner Mortensen for voting against the Meals on Wheels program. I don’t believe Mortensen’s vote was against Meals on Wheels, which most agree provides a much-needed service to our elderly folks. His position seems more that such a program should not be supported by legalized plunder – government forcibly taking what rightfully belongs to one person and giving it to another to whom it does not belong.
I think I understand his logic. If “governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed” (Washington Constitution Article I Section I), then that power must be unjust since I don’t have it. If I do it, it’s called theft. Regardless of the nobleness of the cause, government reaching into my neighbor’s pocket or into mine to assist our fellowman in need hardly qualifies as charity. Charity is me reaching into my own pocket.
I agree with Commissioner Mortensen. An open hand and generous heart, rather than legalized plunder, should drive a charitable program like Meals on Wheels.