To the editor:
From 1964 (Lyndon Johnson and his “War on Poverty”) to 2004 the U.S. government has allocated $6.6 trillion in anti-poverty spending. Orleans Parish received $12,645 per poor person in fiscal year 2003. The national average was $7,089 per poor person. New Orleans received 78.4 percent more funding per poor person than the national average (Kirk Johnson, Heritage Foundation).
In 2004 Louisiana was allocated more federal money than any other state. And now billions — federal and private — are flowing into New Orleans and the Gulf states. And there are the billions — and I’m sure trillions, federal and private — sent to the world’s poor during those years and now. That is not being “neglectful of, nor showing a lack of concern for the poor.”
I do not understand the continual condemnation of the president and the country. A self-loathing wrapped in a noble cloak perhaps, which is pathological.
America is more in step with Catholic social teaching than any country in the world and any country in the history of the world.
So why the continual condemnation?
I do hope that Father McBrien will be more reflective in his prayer life and dwell on the counseling of John Adams: “We must learn how to be Americans.”
Which most Americans have done and are now doing.
William J. McMahon