In a document outlining his 2010 budget plans, President Obama proposed limiting
the value of the tax break for itemized deductions, including donations to
charity, to 28 percent for families making more than $250,000.Mnay
"charities" are terrible and give very little to the needy. There is
no law saying a church large or small has to give to the poor. How many mega
churches rally hand back out the money they recieve? I rarely hear of people
being helped by thier churches. They certainly arn't advertizing that they are
willing to help.This isn't an attack on charities, it's the same
proposal Obama had when elected to raise taxes on people making more that
$250,000 by limiting ALL itemized deductions.A little honesty in the
These are two very good proposals. On the endowment issue, this is an area much
abused by universities as they hoard money for their own competitive purposes,
creating the perception amongst the academic community that the bigger the
endowment, the better the school. This is a perverse practice that has
developed. They need to get back to the business of educating or lose their tax
If you want me to believe how charitable you are then open your books.
No reasonable person can deny that Obama's proposal is specifically designed to
hurt charities. It is just one part of the larger attack on religion by the left
wing.The left doesn't want people turning to religion for help, it
wants them turning only to the government as its sole source of solace and
comfort. The best way for the left to further this goal is to take money from
the churches and use it to create a welfare state.
[ ... $100 billion was given to religious organizations during 2010. Additional
transparency is necessary to ensure these charitable donations are being used
for charitable purposes. ]--- Matt, I think you would be shocked to
know what churches do with that money.[ At a time when people across
America are increasingly skeptical and shrill, we should be celebrating what is
right with our society. ]--- Skeptical for good reason.
Charitable contributions are certainly the way to go; voluntary, personally
selected, donations should wholly replace government confisation in the name of
its own dubious efforts to "do good".
Attack on religion...my goodness. You really are that scared arn't you?I guess you are right in a way. Obama is raising taxes on the rich and that IS
an attack on your religion.How about the attack on Christmas? Now if
your a true christian shouldn't you be shunning anything that takes the focus
away from Christ anyway, such as materialism and pagan rituals? Smile. There's
no attack on Christmas except the expectations of materialism that ruins a lot
of people's entire December.
I consider myself very reasonable and think your post is pure rhetoric.
Screwdriver is absolutely correct that the left wing has been hugely successful
at turning Christmas into just another secular commercial festival, rather than
the spiritual experience it should be. That proves my point, not his.The left will not be satisfied until it has stamped religious influence out of
all areas of American life. Indeed, its ultimate goal is to have people render
everything to Ceasar, and nothing to God.
@John Charity Spring"No reasonable person can deny that Obama's
proposal is specifically designed to hurt charities."Actually
it's designed to reduce the federal deficit. Those tax deductions means less
revenue which means higher deficits. "to take money from the
churches "No money is being taken away from churches in that
proposal. @silas bill"Matt, I think you would be shocked
to know what churches do with that money."The large majority of
it goes to pastors' salaries (you said churches so I don't have to limit myself
to the LDS church, I'm well aware that only a very small proportion get any
money there), church construction/upkeep, and that sort of thing. Maybe 10-20%
goes to charitable causes making churches one of the least efficient vehicles of
charity they are in terms of percentage of dollars received. I don't mean that
to come off as an attack on churches, since to me upkeep of church buildings is
a perfectly understandable expense... but let's not pretend that all charity is
more efficient at delivery than gov't welfare.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in a report: "Patterns of
Household Charitable Giving by Income Group" found that of the estimated
$101.00 billion given by all donors to religious causes, 20.1 percent ($20.28
billion)is estimated to have gone toward benevolences focused on the poor.
Beg pardon JCS, but the left hasn't turned Chirtmas into anything. The left,
which includes people from all religions wants state funded material to reflect
all taxpayers beliefs, not just christians celebrating a CATHOLIC saint Nicholas
and a pagan decorated evergreen tree that we are guilted into filling with
purchases by the commerce crazy part of the population - decidedly not left
wing.You can blame Thomas Nast, a republican cartoonist for the
popularization of Santa Clause. The attack on christmas came shortly
after Christ died when converts brought their non-christian practices and
celebrations with them.
Congress is forbidden to enact laws pertaining to an establishment of religion.
That means that Congress cannot tax establishments of religion. That means that
Congress cannot tax contributions given to establishments of religion. Mr. Obama knows that, but he doesn't care. He pretends to be a
Constitutional Scholar, but he holds the Constitution in contempt. Look at his
actions since he became President. His contempt for Congress, for the American
people, for free enterprise, and for the Constitution is evident. He is trying
to deny 10,000 citizens the right to work for Boeing in a Right to Work State
because he is controlled by labor unions. His allegiance is to them. His
desire to retain office has so distorted his actions that he is incapable of
doing the proper thing.Just as John the Baptist was beheaded for
preaching against Herod. Churches and charities are being targeted because they
are preaching against Mr. Obama's gospel of greed, class envy and class warfare.
Who is developing that Billion Dollar business office complex downtown and are
they using money not taxed on that development? Is it for charity and can the
homeless sleep there?