Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, discusses in an article for Our Sunday Visitor, how he applied Catholic social doctrine and his Faith in drafting the proposed federal budget. He says, “Social teaching is not the monopoly of one political party, nor is it a moral command that confuses the preferential option for the poor with a preferential option for bigger government.” He warns that budgetary discipline is a moral imperative and that is immoral for governments and individuals to believe they are entitled to huge debts at the expense of future generations.
Ryan quotes Pope Benedict in “Caritas in Veritate,” that solidarity without subsidiary “gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need.” His proposed budget reflects President Clinton’s successful welfare reform, by transitioning federal dollars into block grants to give the states more control over the implementation of the anti-poverty dollars.
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Restaurant Bans Children
McDains, a restaurant in the Pittsburgh area, recently instituted a ban on children under the age of six. They seem to be catching a lot of attention for it with people weighing in on both sides. Personally I applaud them. According to the article, it’s a small restaurant with seating for about 40 along a golf course that caters to an older clientele. Regulars were complaining about very young children disrupting the entire restaurant.
I wondered how my husband and I would feel if we hired a sitter to slip away to enjoy our quiet date night location only to be seated next to a family with very young children. I would be a little miffed having to listen to the noise and etc. that carries over. Children over six may be expected to behave in a nice place, but not a toddler who has just started learning self-control.
I think restaurants and other private companies should have the right to designate themselves either a family or adults-only restaurant. A good businesses knows the demographics of their patrons in order to serve their desires better, to make their business a place people want to come.