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What We Can Deduct from Charitable Giving

February 27, 2009

The President’s budget draft reduces tax deductibility of charitable giving. It is a reminder of the fact that the Left is never tired of smearing third parties’ hard times into the faces of conservatives while the numbers show that it is the latter who give much more to charitable causes than their left betters. (And anecdotal evidence of the last weeks suggests that the Left is not convinced that their money should go to government’s do-good projects either.) Apparently, the man whose needy members of his larger family are good enough to find mention in his autobiographies but not in his checkbook is no exception to this. In Monsieur Obama’s world government is the most important charity.

It has been clear before that while he pays lip service to American ingenuity in every other speech Obama doesn’t believe that said ingenuity is going anywhere without government. But the French Cowboy is beginning to fear that the problem is of another, worse nature. The deliberate discouragement of private charity in favour of feeding an ever-growing government suggests the belief that American ingenuity shouldn’t go anywhere without government.

From the near-trillion dollar spending bill, the soak-the-rich philosophy and the disincentives for charitable giving don’t we have to conclude that for M Obama it is not enough to deny – not in word but in act – that Americans in general are pretty good in taking care of themselves and for themselves, but that, beyond this, individual decisions which prove Americans’ ability and disposition to stand on their own two feet and to also give a neighbour a helping hand have to be discouraged? You may want to give the President the benefit of the doubt, but if you wanted to rid a people from their love for liberty and independence and give them a nanny-state addiction instead you could hardly do any better.

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