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Let's Tax Matt Damon

Greg1084 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 7:34 AM
Foundations and university endowments have a lot of money that support liberal causes. If it would hurt the libs, I'd even go for taxing churches, they've taken over most of those, too.
rhough Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 8:32 AM
As a preacher I pay the full self employment tax (15 3/4%) from an entity whose people'supporters have already paid their "fair Share". Most churches are small and struggle to be able to pay a full time pastor. As many have posted elsewhere, charitable organizations, especially church institutions) do a better job of making provision to the poor and needy during times of great stress and catastrophes. Besides, most of the education, medicinal, adoption and other means or entities to better people came from Christians or their institutions to start with. Government intervention is a poor excuse for what we as a people are suppose to do in care for our neighbor... be our brother/sister's keeper.
rhough Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 8:42 AM
Now there are educational institutions that have huge endowments that could be used to lower tuition rates and make education more affordable but laws governing endowments often times do not permit their use for such simple things. But let's not get sidetracked that the real need is to have job growth and decent work opportunities... not more government intervention that props up a faulty ideology that encourages a false utopia that tax money will never be able keep up with... only the driven desire within a person who has the encouragement and support structure a family (mother and father) and from the local level...
cwright Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 11:13 AM
YES!!!! Thank you. It is the churches and charitable institutions who provide help with shelter, food, clothing, and medicine during times of need. Yet for most people the standard deduction is more than itemizing a tithe would be. If you have two separate individuals, each making $59,500 per year, and the one tithes but the other doesn't, they both get the same deduction, $5,950, and pay the same amount in taxes. Yet the one has given to an institution that feeds/houses/clothes the poor, while the other has not. (He bought a jet ski for himself.) The IRS gives an incentive NOT to give to charitable causes, unless one is Matt Damon, who doesn't, anyway.
EyeOpine Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 6:01 PM
Now you're getting into what I do with my money. That is none of your business.