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Listen up, lovers of freedom: The way to rein in government and help keep it subservient to the people is to get involved in charity.


Don’t believe it? Take a quick look at President Obama, through the lens of critics who’ve dubbed him the “food stamp” president.


In January 2012, CNN Money bluntly asked, “Is Obama the ‘food stamp president’?” The accompanying story opened with this: “A record 44.7 million people – or 1 in 7 Americans – were on food stamps” in 2011.


In May 2013, Townhall blared the headline, “Despite Scandals, Obama’s Food Stamp Stimulus on Record Track,” explaining how legislators were ignoring queries into the IRS and Benghazi to instead press forward a farm bill to help feed the “nearly 48 million” food stamp recipients, “up from 28 million in 2008.”


In July 2014, Breitbart ran this headline: “14 Million More on Food Stamps Under Obama.”


Cheryl Chumley’s latest book takes on the Washington behemoth head-on. Don’t miss her guidebook for turning back the disastrous effects of Big Government: “The Devil in D.C.: Winning Back the Country from the Beast in Washington”


And in January 2016, FactCheck.org included this statistic in a fact sheet, entitled “Obama’s Numbers: 2015 fourth quarter report,” detailing Obama’s so-called policy accomplishments: Food stamp recipients under this president rose 42 percent, and “as of October, the most recent month on record, nearly 45.4 million Americans were still receiving the food aid, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”


Obama’s hardly the only hand to dole the food stamp. Previous administrations from both Republican and Democratic parties have done similarly. But that bipartisan admission only underscores this basic premise: Government’s not working.


The poor are still poor. The hungry are still hungry. The only change through the years is the amount of money that’s been demanded from those in the working class to provide for those in not-so-much working class.


The solution? The private sector.


Our nation was built on the concept of Judeo-Christian principles, where individual rights come from God, not government. That idea bestows great blessings on the individual, in terms of personal rights and freedoms – but it also brings great responsibility to the individual, in order to preserve the system for future generations. In short, charity is a biblical concept – and if we fail to provide it, then the end result is Big Government.


This is where we are now – tasked with beating back a big, bloated federal bureaucracy.


But charity would free us from that burden, not just in food stamps but across a wide spectrum of government programs.


If we start to seize back power from the government by offering up more time, money and services for private-sector endeavors that help individuals achieve or obtain self-reliance – whether that assistance is food, shelter, economic opportunity or something else – then government’s role is diminished. It’s not as needed.


A woman facing sudden health problems who can’t work but who’s fed by her local church or nonprofit program doesn’t need to sign up for food stamps.


A man whose house has been hit by hurricane but who’s been provided financial assistance by the Salvation Army doesn’t need to wait on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A child who’s lost his parents to tragedy doesn’t need state-funded foster care if he’s adopted.


When the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, came to light, and government entities were scrambling to point fingers and explain lead levels and express their shock and awe in ways that wouldn’t get them sued – a practice that proved fruitless – the nonprofit Convoy of Hope, in partnership with local churches, was busy trucking in bottled water. The nonprofit Community Foundation Greater Flint was busy establishing a dedicated fund to provide education, food and other social service assistance to children in the area. The local Catholic Charities organization was busy serving up hundreds of meals to local residents.


The point? Government is not only bloated; it’s inefficient and self-serving. More charity – less government. That’s the key to an American future where freedom dominates.


Cheryl Chumley’s latest book takes on the Washington behemoth head-on. Don’t miss her guidebook for turning back the disastrous effects of Big Government: “The Devil in D.C.: Winning Back the Country from the Beast in Washington”


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