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    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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