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  •  And that's a good thing (3+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, sewaneepat, SilentBrook

    As unpopular as it is to say, we should be cutting back on charity, and spending more on services provided by government. I would much rather have universal healthcare and a real social safety net than ten thousand soup kitchens. Imagine if our system healed and housed the mentally ill and could integrate them back into society, instead of pushing them onto the streets to be permanently dependent on charity and churches.

    •  seriously...ari just did us a favor (1+ / 0-)
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      couldn't have made a better argument for the need for the social safety net if i tried!

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:06:35 AM PST

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      •  Not really donations if you don't feel them (1+ / 0-)
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        For those having a fit re my charity tweet, when gvt reduces ppl's take home pay, ppl have less $ to donate/spend. It's math
        If charitable "donations" are a budgeted afterthought, then they are not very charitable, IMO.

        Charitable donations are supposed to be a sacrifice, made in lieu of some purchase of a 'goodie.'

        Survey after survey has clearly shown that among Americans, the lower the income, the larger the donations are as a percentage of overall income.

        "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

        by paz3 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:39:01 AM PST

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        •  Correct. (0+ / 0-)

          The rich view charity as a tax-saving maneuver that also gains them influence or respect.

          Remember, the average American donates 3% of their income to charity. Just 3%, with the rich contributing less than that on average.

          So if all charity were to go away (not happening, just as a thought experiment) but we could raise rates by 5%, that's even more money to go to schools, healthcare, anti-poverty programs, homelessness, etc. And it would be far less regressive than relying on the goodheartedness of the already cash-strapped.

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