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If you have messed up your life with bad decisions and drugs or alcohol don’t blame anyone else. Just embrace it! If you don’t like it the way it is get up and get going and make some changes. Sometime it just takes a change of environment and sometimes you have to dump all of the low life losers around you and go somewhere and start over.
I know two brothers who were exposed to more or less the same home environment. One of them became a loser, user, druggie whiner always looking for someone else to fix his problems. The other became a smart, upbeat, intelligent, considerate individual and a pleasure to be around. If either of these people need help who would you choose?
The same principle applies to individuals the as it does foreign aid to third world countries; some are able to help themselves without any help from others and don’t require any help; some are able with just a little help to get on their feet and make it; lastly are those who can never make it in life no matter how much aid you pour onto them. Obviously when someone asks for your help you should consider these three factors regardless of their relationship to you.
Don’t come to me whining about how bad you have it and how you could get by if you just had some help. PROVE that you are worthy of help and you will get it.
After listening to Mitt Romney speaking to his donor audience a couple of weeks back I started thinking about the 47% he says pays no income taxes and I began to wonder who exactly he meant.
Mitt has given millions to the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City and has taken huge tax deductions off what he would have otherwise owed the federal government. The Mormon Church uses some of that money to build shopping centers, office buildings and recently planned to build a 9 story missionary training facility. Contributors to the “mosque at ground zero” would likewise have deducted millions from their taxes to build the building on some of the most expensive property in New York City. Pat Robertson and numerous other evangelical preachers fly around in private jets, live in mansions and adorn themselves with the most expensive jewelry and clothing all provided to them via tax-deductible contributions of their members. Jews write off millions for contributions to their charities. The Catholics purchased the Crystal Cathedral in California to add to their crown jewels. Even several of the PAC’s that promote one political theme or another are registered as “charities” and are therefore exempt from the tax rules that apply to others so billionaires can freely donate all they want and deduct it from their taxes. And there are literally thousands of other charities that collect money for an unlimited number of social organizations including veterans, sometimes not actually paying veterans anything, medical, scouting, parenting, the homeless, and the list goes on and on. Anyone with $100 can set up a charity, start collecting money from the unsuspecting, buy a jet and mansion and all of it gets charged back to the taxpayer in the form of uncollected taxes.
It seems to me that the 47% are a very small part of the non-taxpaying citizens. And overall a pretty miniscule part of the actual tax dodgers. If one adds the multi-national corporations who pay little or no taxes to the mix it is no wonder why we have such a huge debt. It isn’t so much that the rich are not paying their share or that the 47% aren’t paying anything. It is that there are so many loopholes for everyone that the IRS just isn’t collecting enough to cover expenses.
I am not sure what happened to the concept of separation of church and state but given the windfall tax breaks given to “religious” as well as “social” organizations and their contributors in the way of tax deductions there can be little doubt that this concept is seriously flawed.
If we can’t get a handle on all of these “charitable” contributions we are never going to get the debt under control. The 47% are just too small a pool of money to bail out all of the big boys.
That’s my turn anyway.
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When one of us gives to charity and we get a tax deduction for that gift all of the rest of the taxpayers make up the difference in the federal budget. Simple. When Mitt Romney gives millions to the Mormon Church which is his only charity. That means we are ALL supporting the Mormon Church which in turn invests the money in office buildings and shopping centers but does very little actual charity. Did you see any presence of the Mormon Church at Katrina?