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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

EBL: Barack Obama and Joe Biden are charity cheapskates

The microcosm of Democrats charitable giving is a window on their basic philosophy of government absorbing this responsibility....
WHO'S GREEDY? Obama Gave 1% to Charity, Romney Gave 15%
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign.
Joe Biden? He gave $369 in charity!
And what about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the run-up to their 2008 campaign?
USA Today broke it down here. In 2007, the Obamas gave more than $240,000 to charity, about 5.7 percent of their income. The Bidens gave an average of $369 to charity a year for the decade before he moved to the Naval Observatory - about 0.3 percent of their income. Back in 1997, then veep Al Gore and his then wife Tipper gave $353.
Since becoming veep, Biden hasn't become much more generous. In 2010, he gave $5,350, about 1.4 percent of income. That same year, Romney gave some $3 million. The national average is about three percent.
Democrats believe that they have the right to seize property from high earning and hard working people in order to distribute it to the needy instead of allowing people to give to charity on their own. This overlooks the unfortunate facts that government does relatively little for the poor and is really a redistribution channel to people that have voted themselves government benefits such as the elderly. Additionally, what person in their right mind actually believes that government has clue as to who the needy are what needs to be done to assist them? Its simply absurd that the leviathan can possibly deliver the goods but people have a spiritual faith in the capacity of a central government to do these kinds of things. It simply boggles my mind to think that these people believe it and have overlooked the spectacular failures that this government and multitudes of others have fostered over time.

EBL: Barack Obama and Joe Biden are charity cheapskates

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