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The Charitable Deduction Should Stay

canetoad Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 12:19 AM
The charitable deduction is just another loophole for wealthy individuals to set up tax free shelters.
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 8:03 AM
It wasn't intended to be used that way but, like with everything else, there will always be people who abuse the system.
Panda Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 12:40 AM
Totally wrong.

But nice try. Play again sometime.

No conservative should really welcome tax increases of any kind.  But if there is one for which we should really hold the line, it's the charitable deduction.  It's not surprising that the Obama administration would want to do away with it; charities are one of the most important ways that a society can take care of itself -- and its poor and needy -- without relying on government.

Lessen charities' funding means reducing their reach and power.  Doing that through effectively increasing taxes -- that is, the state taking more instead -- is helping President Obama put the government at...