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  •  A wee bit of bullshit, but... (7+ / 0-)

    A reminder that more than 80% of the President's income was not subject to the approximately 12% the rest of us pay in payroll taxes (employee + so-called employer shares).

    And, a major nod to the President:

    They gave a big whopping pile to charity.

    As tax deductions go, that's one nobody should be ashamed of, especially when you consider that many of those tax deductible charities do work that otherwise would fall on government to provide.

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    by dinotrac on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:55:38 PM PDT

    •  A real conservative (0+ / 0-)

      would've called for an end to charity deductions, because that's social engineering.

      I'm not even joking about that...

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:25:00 PM PDT

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      •  I will leave the definition of real conservatives (0+ / 0-)

        to real conservatives, but there is a grain of truth to what you say.

        A real conservative, however, also believes that many things are better done by private charity than by government and that excessive taxes inevitably lead the heavy hand of government to choke out the politically unpopular, to the detrminent of everybody's liberty.

        And, of course, there is the religion problem.
        Taxing religion is a nasty mess from a first amendment perspective.
        Trouble is, giving religious activities preferential treatment is also a first amendment problem.

        So -- is it really so bad that a secular women's shelter gets the same treatment as one run as a mission by local churches?

        Etc.

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        by dinotrac on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:37:21 PM PDT

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