I'm reminded of this exchange between Jay Leno and Dennis Miller on the "Jay Leno Show" last month. Leno tells Miller that the Republican Party has a problem in that it isn't "compassionate." Miller responds by saying - in so many words - that's tough; he's all compassioned out.
Check out this chart showing compassion in dollar value over the years:
America does, in fact, have a compassion problem. We can no longer afford it. We quit being able to afford to maintain that steep rise in compassion about ten years ago.
It was one thing when we were talking about feeding the poor. Now we feed, clothe, shelter, educate, transport, equip, treat, bury, and even entertain them.
Is it any wonder there are so many of them now?
Is it any wonder we're compassioned out?
Chart courtesy of Nicholas Eberstadt.