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  •  Who decides what is social welfare? (0+ / 0-)

    I may t hink it is helping homeless cats and dogs.Someone else may think it involves advocating for limited government, or no federal taxes, or charter schools or whatever.

    BTW - your tags aren't very helpful. Good tags are usually one or two words that would be common search terms. It is unlikely someone is going to search for the exact phrase:
    "IRS Tea Party social welfare exclusively tax-exempt". One might be interested in diaries about the Tea Party, another might be interested in anything involving the IRS, someone else might be focused on the issues of 501(c)4 organizations.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Thu May 16, 2013 at 12:53:40 PM PDT

    •  Pretty simple (1+ / 0-)
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      If you're party's purpse is to lower taxes for Billionares and reduce EPA regulations for Businesses, than I would say you DO NOT have a "social welfare" goal.  You have a specific limited goal that benefits the few.  But that's just me.

      The symbol for the Republican party shouldn't be an elephant -- it should be a unicorn.

      by Deadicated Marxist on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:23:22 PM PDT

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    •  Social welfare, to me, is doing things directly. (1+ / 0-)
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      fidlerten

      Not 'advocating for' legislation.

      It's collecting money or selling things to make money to build your own dog and cat shelter, buy eyeglasses for the poor, raise money for burn units.

      It's what groups like Kiwanis Clubs do.

      Not lobbying or pushing legislation or candidates.

      •  That's what 501c3 charities do (1+ / 0-)
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        There is a case to be made about a status that permits stronger issue advocacy - pushing for (or blocking) legislation that has deep impacts on poor families, or homeless vets, or disabled workers, or.....

        The question is, where should the line be drawn.  I strongly object to pay day loans, as being abusive to low income workers. If an org dedicated to educating low income families on finanical issues can lobby against legislation favoring such companies, then an org dedicated to free market principles is going to have the same opportunity.

        Now, my definition of "social welfare" falls some distance short of what Crossroads GPS is about, but if you firmly believed that low tax/limited government was a public good of even greater magnitude than protecting victims of domestic violence...well, you might draw the line in a different place than I do.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Thu May 16, 2013 at 06:06:22 PM PDT

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