The Charity Squeeze

Archive Report

Meeting America's Needs

Reagan Program vs. Economics Realities

In the weeks between now and Christmas, Americans will be asked to give a little more of themselves to help others. Community fund-raising drives will be making their final appeals. Charitable and other non-profit institutions will be asking for donations in the spirit of the season. Newspapers will remind people to “remember the neediest.” Salvation Army bell-ringers and sidewalk Santa Clauses will ask passersby for their dimes and quarters.

The willingness of people to pitch in to build a better society has been an American trait since the birth of the nation. But President Reagan has made it part of his administration's domestic agenda. Using the catchall phrase “private sector initiatives,” Reagan has encouraged businesses, churches, voluntary organizations and ...

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