This past year, government officials, and the public in general, have debated the role government should play in helping people who are unable to provide for themselves, whether it is basic finances, or even something as specific as health insurance.

I would like to remind everyone of the story of the South Carolina student who wrote a letter to President Obama, and was invited to attend his address before Congress on Feb. 24, 2009.

Even though her situation got the attention of the U.S. government, it was a private furniture manufacturer in the Chicago area that actually fulfilled her request for new furniture for the school.

This story demonstrates that, no matter what the government does, the private sector is always going to do a better job helping society’s needy people because they can more easily focus on meeting specific needs.

The government already has important tasks to complete, and though it should help its citizens in need, it should not focus on doing so to the point where it cannot do its other work efficiently.

Paul Rubio
Oak Park

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