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The Charitable Deduction Should Stay

preagan Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 12:41 AM
Yes, the charitable deduction should remain in place. Where else can someone like Vice President Biden, who makes about $379,000 a year with his and his wife's income get some tax write-offs? After all, he only donated $995.00 to charity in 2007. Such a generous give he is.

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...