C.S. Morrisey of Catholic Online writes a great piece on Obama's feelings towards charity.
“A nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous,” said U.S. President Obama in his inaugual address of January 20, 2009. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”Continue reading>>>
At this very odd phrase -- “not out of charity” -- my ears perk up. For Obama’s rhetorical contrast is between charity, on the one hand, and justice, on the other hand: namely, social justice, also known as the common good.