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Work for Free to Keep Social Services Going

In the wake of munipal cutbacks, ordinary citizens work for free providing essential public services. I have long felt, reading Bill Schambra at Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, that government has been crowding out these unpaid do-gooders. Those who held the job of librarian for $35,000 a year were blocking those who would do it for zero.  By reducing taxes on the rich we not only create many new jobs, in China, and great wealth for entrepreneurs, and those who regulate them, but we also create new opportunities for the middle class to exhibit the moral heroism we once associated with the deserving poor. As a moralist, I applaud the rich for creating these opportunities for us to show our public spiritedness in the face of adversity.

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