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View Diary: Another GOP casualty: Tax break for charitable giving ends in Michigan on December 31st (54 comments)

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    Larsstephens, memiller, Lujane

    If we're talking about a credit that went mostly to the middle class being traded for a cut going mostly to the wealthy then (to me) the charity aspect of it is irrelevant. Really, from my point of view the real problem is that the net effect is to make the tax code more regressive, not anything to do with charity per se. I'm guessing that MI, like most states, is already pretty regressive. (There's a website itep.net or itep.org or something like that where you can look up specifics-Institute for Tax and Economic Policy I think).

    On a personal note.... My wife received WIC checks during her pregnancy and the first few months after our daughter was born. She was working less and I'm struggling to break into a career as an academic at about the worst time possible to be a newly minted PhD. Anyway, I don't feel the least bit ashamed of having received public benefits, but I would have hated to suffer the indignity of having to show up in some church basement to beg for food from some one trying to prove to themselves that they are among the elect. We both work hard and I provide an important public service in my job as a part time university instructor. We shouldn't be reduced to begging because some people would rather give to a food pantry than support

    Passive renunciation is not the whole of wisdom.

    by play jurist on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:48:53 PM PST

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