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The Sink not Enough, Obama to Tax the Whole Kitchen

Sep 15, 2011 | Posted by Team Cantor

The old saying goes “everything but the kitchen sink”, but that is not enough for President Obama. His latest proposal taxes the entire kitchen, at least it does if it is a soup kitchen. That’s right, we are not making this up, the President plans to tax charitable donations to soup kitchens, churches, and cancer research centers.

We learned yesterday that 1 in 6 Americans are now living in poverty. That is over 15% of our population. Unemployment remains over 9% for a second year, and the number of uninsured in America is up to almost 50 million, the most in more than twenty years. But what is President Obama’s solution? Tax donations to charities who are on the front lines voluntarily helping people in need.

Congressman Cantor this week said, “We have also found out through looking at his tax proposals, or at least the reports, that his tax proposals are going to impose taxes on charitable contributions and in fact impact at least 40 percent of tax deductible charitable contributions. I don’t think there are many Americans right now who think that’s a good idea. The question is why would we want to put an impediment in the way of the charities accessing funding when the charities are the ones out there helping the people in need right now? It doesn’t make sense.”

 

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72 Responses to “The Sink not Enough, Obama to Tax the Whole Kitchen”

September 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Posted by Robin Brown

This is a disgraceful idea; Mr Obama keeps ranting about how the poor are suffering; this is guaranteed to make things worse. Please don’t let him do this.

September 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Posted by Lana

Throw out the whole tax system and vote in a tax system with no deductions at all. That means no charitable deductions, no mortgage deductions and no loopholes for corporations or the very rich.

September 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Posted by Shirley

Please vote down this unrealistic bill the President has come up with!! I understand that it has not been brought to the House floor as of now. The President is going around saying if you love me call on your Congressman to vote for it, I hate to tell you Mr. Obama we do not love you and WE DO NOT WANT
THE HORRIBLE BILL PASSED!!

September 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Posted by Allison Roelen

Congressman Cantor – appreciate your sentiments but let’s be sure now more than ever we don’t do the past mistakes of ‘reaching across the aisle’ to make some accord with the Dems that has produced nothing but kicking the can down the road – this tax is preposterous – as is Obama’s latest jobs bill that I understand still hasn’t even been submitted for review – the bill if it even exists is nothing but a zero sum game – there are no winners in this – it’s a trap to blame the republicans either way – you disagree and vote no – then continued unemployment is your fault – you vote for it or parts of it – then you can’t say it’s Obama’s policies at fault when such a bill is a jobs killer and will continue to waste huge sums of the tax payers dollars – I expect you and your colleagues to do the right thing and take a stand – THE BUCK STOPS HERE – no more stimulus PERIOD!

September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Posted by philip oglesby

What do you expect from a socialist like Obama, he never met a tax he didnt like

September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Posted by Marvin Farmer

Why dosen’;t the congress involke Impeachment poroceedings, before this man completely destroys
what’s left of this great country???

September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Posted by Nora Eldridge

The golfer-in-chief wants to tax charitable contributions and force the people who would be helped by those donations to totally depend on the federal government. This will help create the socialist nanny state he envisions. I agree with Dave’s comment: I bet you all wish you had not only investigated the natural born citizen requirement for president, but enforced it before he was allowed to run for president. Congress is not only not a good steward of our money, but you have failed the American people by not standing up and governing by the Constitution. He continues his end runs by issuing executive orders for laws Congress will not pass. When are you all going to stop this? Our country is in grave danger. More action, less talk from our elected representatives.

September 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Posted by Doris Ross

We already pay our fair share in taxes, so I don’t give to anything that isn’t tax deductable. So if I can’t deduct it I won’t give. We use our deductions to help not have to pay anymore at the end of the year. I volunteer my time to several organizations and I do it willingly and cheerfully, but when I give my hard earned dollars, it is nice to think that the government says, “since we’re not giving them the money, we’ll give you a few pennies on the dollar off your taxes.” Which is all they really do.

September 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Posted by Tom Shearer

Treacherous taxing of charitable contributions to churches seems like an insidious way to further weaken and attack our religious institutions (which as you stated reach out to folks that need help). Is this part of the President’s agenda? My belief is that outreach or mission work by the public sector is far desirable to mandated taxes by a government that wants to control everything.

September 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Posted by Roger Sessions

I am for doing away with all deductions including mortgage interest.

September 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Posted by J. T. Burchell

Is there a income level below which charitable contributions can still be deducted….
I thought that there was talk about limiting the allowable deductions for folks with incomes over a certain amount—maybe $200,000 or $250,000. Is that in the proposal?

September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Posted by Walt Manz

Love the “Soup Kitchen Tax” – it will make a great sound bite. When Obama the cheerleader recites his most recent cheer “pass this bill now,” let’s respond “not as long as there is a soup kitchen tax in it.”

September 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Posted by Keith

Traditionally if you look at the big givers (proportional to their wealth) you will find that conservatives are by far the more generous people to charities and to churches. Certainly many liberal politicans only give to charity when they look at running for President or some other higher profile office. So rescinding a tax loophole that impacts predominantly conservatives and republicans is a politically calculated proposal. Also, in the minds of Liberals like the President, the best place to receive help and assistance is not a church or a local charity it is the central government. So with one tax loophole closed he can effectively strike two goals, basically killing two stones with one bird, forcing people to depend more on the government and hurting the actual earners and economic growers of the economy.

September 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Posted by Reba Morse

Congressman Cantor, this is just one of the horror stories that are “out there” in regards to new taxes. I am not sure if it is true but I received an email that stated and explained the President’s plan to impose a 1% tax on bank deposits. Thank you for being conscientious and thorough as these tax bills proceed through Congress.

September 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Posted by Delores Anderson

this is just more of an attempt to reduce America to a complete socialist state. He is not just robbing the rich, now he wants to rob the poor too. this has to be stopped before it gpoes any farther! Keep up the good work, Eric, we are depending on you and John to put a stop to this crap!

September 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Posted by Bobm Richards

My concern is that the republicans are going to fall for Obama’s nonsense and pass something ‘now’ as he says rather than exposing this guy for what he is. He is slick, but surely someone in the party like Rubio, can talk to the people better than Obama. Don’t give up the ship because Obama’s reelection strategy is to scare people and blame the republicans. The two recent congresssional wins mean nothing, we need a whole lot more.

September 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Posted by Donna Finnegan

Yeah you are right. That makes no sense. Let’s go back and agree to cut oil subsidies, corn incentives, and increasing taxes for those of us making over $250K per year. Then maybe we can make a REAL contribution to deceasing the public debt.

September 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Posted by Diana Wheeler

I think it is outrageous to tax charitable contributions. Keep up the good work. I appreciate what you do for our state and the country.

September 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Posted by Teresa Dean

Given the above I trust that you will simply throw out any legislation presented by Obama. 2012 cannot come soon enough.

September 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Posted by Bonita Rosser

The churches of America have always been there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and so have many other charities. Let us stand strong againt taxes being imposed on such worthy causes. This is America and our elected officals need to listen to “WE THE PEOPLE” who choose to place them in office or vote them out.

September 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Posted by Bobby Scott

I am a retired tax partner of one of the world’s largest CPA firms. For 26 years I spent 60 to 70 hours a week advising clients on the US tax law. If the purpose of a tax system is to provide revenue to operate essential government services and to impose those taxes in a fair and efficient manner then our tax system fails. The tax system as it currently exists is a terrible mixture of social programs, economic programs and tax laws that are often at cross purposes. I believe that it is time to take a look at replacing the income tax with the Fair Tax, a broad based national sales tax with a rebate to all individuals to cover the tax on essential items.

September 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Posted by Margaret McMillen

The rest of Congress better wake up if this is indeed correct about Democrats wanting to tax
charitable contributions. Americans are already paying enough taxes yet they continue to give to
charities helping those who are less fortunate and cannot afford food for their families. The
government has already shirked its responsibility to help people in poverty and takes the approach
that churches and communities should help themselves — i.e., the American citizen should support
those in need. We do this in spite of the government. Do not discourage this effort by taking away tax
deductions for charitable contributions. If Republicans let this happen, they are as much at fault
as the party that proposes the idea.

September 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Posted by Shirley Collins

Does this mean that we are, after all these years, going to become a third world country???
Power, greed and lack of personal responsibility did not seem to be what our forefathers intended
for this Nation of “We the People”.

September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Posted by Marilyn R. Doss

This is ridiculous! If people don’t have it bad enough, now the government is taking from charitable organizations? What is this world coming to? I worked in a soup kitchen once as part of my church. The people that frequent these places are in real need. Taking from the hand that feeds then is insane.

September 16, 2011 at 12:02 am | Posted by R Totherow

You and the rest of our elected officials are the only ones who can put an end to his stupidity. That is why we elected you.

September 16, 2011 at 12:07 am | Posted by Jan

His plans are never thought out and when they fall apart it’s everyone else’s fault. We are supposed to respect the office of the president; however, with Obama even the office no longer has the respect of the country. This Jobs bill shows how limited his experience and judgment is and that of the people that should be providing advice to him. He should be impeached for the destruction that he has caused to this country. When are the people of America going to wake up and realize what he has done in the past three years?

September 16, 2011 at 12:19 am | Posted by Heath

I don’t think it goes far enough – we need to solve this deficit and just spending cuts isn’t going to be enough. More revenue is needed and, guess what, that means taxes. How do those tax increases sound to the general public now as compared to these types of tax increases. I have another idea – update the tax loopholes for religions and non-profits. These shouldn’t be tax shelters or profit centers which is what they have morphed into. Churches shouldn’t be ‘rich’ on the backs of the faithful.

September 16, 2011 at 12:50 am | Posted by Sandra Meyer

The Federal deficit was increased recently so the government could continue to make payments on time. This was passed because of the promise to lower the deficit. Don’t punish those that can’t afford it.

This type of tax proposal is ludicrous. Taxing the poor, lower and middle classes is rediculous. Prices on everything have gone up in the past few years. We can’t afford to have any more taken away from us.

September 16, 2011 at 12:52 am | Posted by Joan Blackmon

If we had a sensible flat tax, we wouldn’t have to worry about amassing deductions. And just think how much we would save by doing away with the IRS!!

September 16, 2011 at 1:17 am | Posted by Bennye Waskom

Why impede charities from accessing funding???? No more tax deductible charitable contributions…and more control over the ones who need help. All about CONTROL of the masses. Simple.

September 16, 2011 at 1:47 am | Posted by Carl A Tolley

Two things required to restore jobs to the economy. #1= Remove all roadblocks to oil drilling and exploration. #2= Pass THE FAIR TAX and disban the IRS>

September 16, 2011 at 1:52 am | Posted by Jim

When will President Obama tax his favorite charities, like GE? His last charity donation to Solyndra made a big difference, right?

September 16, 2011 at 2:07 am | Posted by Doug Ryan

Mr. Cantor,
Mr. Obama wants to tax the 5% wealthiest Americans at a higher rate than the less wealthy 95%. That seems to fit with our progressive tax structure. There was an article on the Capital Gains tax in the Monday, Sept 12 issue of the Washington Post. It describes how the wealthies Americans hold most of the stocks and bonds, that many of the wealthiest American derive a good share of their income from capital gains and that this and other tax breaks allow them to pay less money than people who make $40,000 per year. That does not seem fair.
Please support Mr. Obama and pass legislation that raises the tax on Capital Gains and the tax percentage on those making over $200,000 per year.

Most people who give to charity will still give, even if they don’t get a tax deduction, just less.
I think its interesting to see that if you go to a Safeway grocery store that asks if you want to give a $1 to charity, that you are much more likely to see people donating money in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones. Try it and see !!

Doug Ryan

September 16, 2011 at 2:42 am | Posted by Clarence

Why is anyone surprised. The only thing that surprises me is why the Republicans have allowed the Obama tax and spend to continue instead of bringing the out-of-control Govt. to a stop. I guess the only way to get the Republicans to listen to me is for them to loose my vote. As far as I am concerned, it is also high time that the Republicans wake up and stop the business as usual,

September 16, 2011 at 2:56 am | Posted by Gail Hartung

Thank you for all you do for our country. Keep up the good work. The tax for charities is another
ridiculous way to try and raise monies it will only hurt the people in need. How dreadful. Gail

September 16, 2011 at 2:59 am | Posted by Wray White

Please hold the line for no tax increases. Balanced budget amendment for the Federal Gov. Decrease in the size of government. Balancing the current budget, cutting government spending, eliminating any government program or entire department and install the line item veto.

also, why is everyone talking about cutting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security? How about cutting foreign aid?? Making Iraq pay for the rebuild of their country with their oil, and for that matter, is Kuwait paying us for saving their entire country?

A few simple fixes and this economy will right itself. Less EPA regulations, no cap and trade, REPEAL THE DISASTER THAT IS OBAMACARE!
Please hold the line and do not compromise.

September 16, 2011 at 3:53 am | Posted by susan goswick

Congressman Cantor, I did not vote for this man for our President nor do i support anything he proposes and i am glad that we have honest Christain men in Congress who know how to do right by the American people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and also to your family keep up with the good work that you are doing and i know that God is going to bless you as He has never done before. I remain susan goswick

September 16, 2011 at 4:37 am | Posted by Evelyn W Voehringer

Wish I lived in your district. Would love to be able to vote for you. God Bless You.

September 16, 2011 at 5:16 am | Posted by DP

Dem’s seem to good for the people, but bad for the Country as a whole!
They are for a Government that ‘give’s’ to the People.
Have to many ‘hands out’ programs.
The other side says, … let the People ‘work’ for what they what to.
I’m on that side.
…Too much Government intervention.
I’d go on too long to list all!
Let’s just start with making Congress, .. stop excuting themselves from ‘laws’ the pass.
As they passed the ‘health care’, in the middle of the night.
But yet, they still have access to Military Hospitals … like Bethesda!
And after they leave ‘office’
Yet ‘we’, the ‘people’, have no access to the same.
What they need to do is stop the … ‘golden’ parachutes.

September 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Posted by pattie

The President is not thinking clearly.

Thank you Eric for all you do.

September 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Posted by Carleton Murray

Keep pushing for repatriation tax elimination. We need to have companies use that money to build their business in the U.S/ -bring it home!
Also, highlight all the regulations that are hindering business growth.
Keep after the NLRB-bureaucrats are telling business where its expansion can or can’t be done….
Look to the State Dept. and the Defense Dept. for reduced spending.

September 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Posted by Mary Mullins

My donations are no longer tax deductible anyway, since I can’t afford to contribute enough to be able to file long form; however, those who do will no longer want to support charities and churches if they can’t deduct them from taxes. Is this possibly another attempt to undermine Christian churches? Are churches themselves next to be taxed? Wake up and stand up Christians!

Mr. Obama is so far out of touch with middle class America it is pitiful.

Mary

September 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Posted by danette fulk

Is it actually possible that these charity and tax issues are another “end run arround” tactic that Obama is choosing(he did say “fundamentally change America”) to make “everything come from government?” Back when government was soooooo much smaller, charities/churches/communities and friends helped much. This will decrease these players and increase already BIG GOV!!! sad sad sad

September 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Posted by Carolyn Shaw

This proposal seems unreal – does not make sense. Please don’t allow them to push this through Congress like they pushed the Health Care package. We know why Obama likes to get his proposals passed as soon as possible! They are all about him(what he hopes will make him look good) and not the good of the entire county.

September 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Posted by Larry Hoss

A tax on soup lines might be revenue producing if the people that are going to be in those long lines have any resources to pay. However as history has shown us, if you are in the soup line, then you don’t have a job, probably are homeless, no safety net programs to keep you afloat until you can get your feet back on the ground and provide for yourself and meet family responsibilities. The one think that we can be absolutely certain of is that none of the politicians (Republican or Democrat) are willing to do anything to help the ordinary citizens of the country.

September 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Posted by Gregory Dixon, OD

I have been a Lions Club member for over two decades and have donated hundreds of hours of service and thousands of dollars. I don’t see government employees donating there time to help the less fortunate our society.
In fact of the hundreds of Lions I have met over the years none have been government employees.

September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Posted by Rebecca Ferris

I suppose the President is so egotistical that he believes HE will be the one to squeeze the water from the stone. Although he has apparently been successful ignoring the laws of our land.

September 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Posted by Randy

It’s simple- Obama wants people dependant on the government- not their churches. That is where the POWER (and votes) come from. Churches and charities used to be the safety net. Now it’s government. Other than defense, exactly what does government do well?

September 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Posted by THERESE LANG

Here we go AGAIN…Tax EVERYTHING, collect the ‘procedes’ in DC, and REDISTRIBUTE as the ‘Powers That Be, see fit. This is so blatantly TRANSPARENT, it boggles the mind in wonderment that every thinking person does not understand the direction this country is being taken. The current agenda WILL be THRUST through either by executive order edict, regulation or bypassing congress and giving authority in some sercuitious way to the EPA, FCC, ‘ABC’, ‘DEF,’ each eating suruptitiously, erroding of our FREEDOMS. These political ‘intrusions’ either happen sooooooooo sloooowly and clandestinely that they are inperseptible. Others are jammed through claiming some catastrophic armmegedon, creating the FEAR of the MUST. This PATTERN is getting sickening, vomitous in fact.
Personally, I’ve had it. As Americans we are hearing a regurgitation of the SAME spurious goobley gock of BLAME AND SHAME, peppered by NEW SCANDALS and PURPOSEFUL distractions of ALL KINDS to inhibit communication. Lovely, isn’t it?

September 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Posted by Judy

What is Mr. Obama thinking???? I believe he has lost his mind. If it weren’t for charities a lot of people would suffer more. Is he trying to make America like some of the other poor countries, who rely on our missionaries and others to come to their country to help with providing food, clothing, healthcare and other things they need. Come on it’s time for Mr. Obama to GO!

September 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Posted by angela

Stop the politics and support us all and not just the rich. You probably won’t post this because I do not agree with you. I will pray for you though.

September 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Posted by Christine Cogbill

Dear Congressman Cantor,
What is happening to our Great Nation when we are not able to lend a hand to our brothers who have fallen due to our broken economy. 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty! REALLY? This just breaks my heart. I’m sure you have seen this in your own home town. I know I have. Now, even women and children sleeping in their cars!!! I am very scared. President Obama has sunk to an all time low! This is not the tax base to attack, especially now. I’m not sure you will agree, but I am very sure that we are in an Economic DEPRESSION! You cannot sweep this under the rug any more. And while President Obama enjoys his trips to Hawaii, eating his 5 course meals he will choke on this, (yet another) very bad tax propasal.

Thank you Congressman Cantor for looking out for the “little” people in our Nation, (which I might add, includes me). You are doing a admirable service to the people of the 7th district and all the people who want to do the right thing. My Father is rolling over in his grave.

All the very Best,
Christine Mercer-Cogbill

September 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Posted by Paul Hagstrom

Obama has already thrown the baby out with the bathwater, so it’s logical that the kitchen sink would be next. Is there no end to this nonsense.
Thank you Congressman Cantor, I pray for you and your family everyday!

September 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Posted by david hunt

I like the fact you underdstand the problem of poverity and unemployment in America.

Having said that, we need the Congress and the President to come together to help us.

Being Critcal of the President’s proposal’s is helpful, if you have a better idea.

So where is your idea?

September 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Posted by William Stell

One of the problems that the 16th Amendment imposes, only recently coming to our attention, is that it keeps the churches in America from making any political statements, for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. And just a reminder: the First amendment states: the CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Hmmm! Didn’t say anything limiting a religion.

September 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Posted by Theodore Bruning

An absolutely logical tax, given the source of the idea. Charities – churches, salvation army, foundations, etc., are the historical sources of help for people in trouble. If you want to make the “less fortunate” completely dependant on the federal government, disable the charities. Then the governmenty can take over, just as the case with medical care.

September 17, 2011 at 12:36 am | Posted by Linda Maxey

I don’t think this president likes democracies. Why else would he do what he’s been doing for his term?
He statement about Israel returning to its 67′ borders is incomprehensible. Does Marxism come to mind? Too bad so many ignorant people voted the wrong way in 08′ My view is this – give and don’t report it. The Higher Power sees (& that’s not Obama either). He’s the one we live for and aim to please & He rewards better than any government can. Luke 6:38

September 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Posted by Martha Dempsey

This proposal is so ridiculous, the churches are so busy helping out the food shelters with donations, even the church is going to suffer. Wait maybe that is the goal!

I would like to know why the promises made during an election year (made by both parties) is totally forgotten until the next election. I guess we the people need to start the push for true honesty and deliverence while in office. No one seems to tell us the truth anymore, they are always looking for some one to blame. This can’t all be George Bush fault!!!

September 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Posted by Gordon Paterson

Howling in outrage about each and every rumoured tax proposal is not productive of anything other than further polarization of the political dialogue. Please: let’s all agree that both higher taxes and reduced spending are going to be necessary if we are to dig our country out of its current financial malaise.

That done, perhaps you members of Congress can actually get to work and with bipartisan concern for our endangered country could implement both cuts and taxes that would be helpful, rather than pointing fingers at each other and yelling “It’s all your fault!”

September 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Posted by suzanne Hanas

If citizens in this great country fail to pay income taxes. They should not be allowed to vote in our elections. Obama is trying to tax everyone to make up for the people that do not pay income taxes.
Also, he needs taxation to pay for his vast Social programs that are infiltrating the way we live, the way private enterprise is being affected, and certainly the size and Mechanism of the Govt Run programs are totally overinflated and out of control.

September 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Posted by Austin Havens

Taxing charitable organizations is totally counter productive.

September 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted by N RIZER

Having been involved with many charities over the years, I’ve found most are for the aggrandizment of the people running them. They use these charities to impress friends, network and socialize.AND WE TAX PAYERS PAY FOR IT.

Little help is given to those truly in need but end up going to those who know how to work the system.Rarely are any checks conducted to determine if those requesting help are not already receiving it from multiple sources.

Rather than teach someone how to manage money, it is easier to give money, used clothes etc. AGAIN WE TAX PAYERS FOOT THE BILL. IT IS TIME TO STOP PAYING FOR THE WELL TO DO’S SOCIAL LIFE.

September 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Posted by Betty Davis

Thank you Senator Cantor, Thank you for being brave, we need more people who are patriots not compriseists. If must fight against the evil of Obama now or there wont be any fighting later. Dont beleive Obama, dont comprimise to him and we will try to watch your back out here in the midwest.
Our prayers are with you. Betty Davis

September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Posted by William Cantor, MD

Congressman Cantor, we are not related, but I may have to claim you as a cousin. Either run for President or find some responsible Republican to run instead of this embarrassing field.
You are absolutely right about the charitable deduction issue and I fear for our local Jewish Community Center as well as other vital, but endangered institutions.

September 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Posted by Ralph Zappacosta

President Obama is proposing limiting tax donations writeoffs for wealthy Americans. While this may hurt charaties somewhat, I believe this has to be done in order that we all bear some pain in trying to eliminate the deficit. I also believe that wealthy Americans (those earning over $250,000 a year) should have their income taxes raised to the levels before the Bush tax cuts. We need to trim the deficits in order to help turn this country around. I agree with President Obama’s proposal to require wealthy americans to pay 15 % more for Medicare, but leave Social Security alone, maybe raising the age from 65 for Medicare for upcoming generations. I also believe limiting the housing interest deduction to perhaps $10,000 a year. Eliminate it for wealthy taxpayers. Leave the capital tax gain at 15% as i believe it helps capital formation and creates jobs. Leave the inheritance tax to those estates valued over $5 million. We need to draw down the unemployment rate. Perhaps we should have a work program such as C.E.T.A which we had in the 1970′s. , by which the unemployed would work, learn new job skills, and help repair the infrastructure in this country by building roads and doing much needed repairs. I believe the Tea Party members of Congress truly don’t have the best interests of the country. They want to return things to like they were in the 1800′s. I am hoping the more moderte Republicans in Congress do not approve their agenda.

Thank you,
Ralph Zappacosta

October 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Posted by Jackie

With Obama’s plans to remove tax deduction for charities, and tax the charities, he is simply solidifying his desire to destroy the Nation’s economy. Cloward and Piven to the “T”! They would surely give him an “A” for how closely he has followed his teachings while at Columbia, but we’d never know because he refuses to release any personal information re his birth, his schooling, his college education, ad infinitum! He is not only his own worst enemy, but fast becoming the worst enemy the USA has ever had, adn to find that man in the White House speaks volumes about the lack of knowledge available, thus his ability to win an election.

Can only hope the Republicans will have guards at every single poll because at this point, that is the only way Barack Hussein Obama will return to the White House.

October 9, 2011 at 2:39 am | Posted by Judas Gutenberg

Wow! Soup kitchens! This really is class warfare, and it’s being fought against those who help poor. As someone who expects to be a billionaire someday, I’d been resentful of being one of Obama’s future targets. But this pushes things to a new extreme. With no jobs and no soup kitchens, perhaps the poor will come after us (the rich and soon-to-be-rich) saying, “Brains! Brains!”

October 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Posted by A Miller

I am not worried..it won’t affect me because soon I will be on line AT the soup kitchen!!! The wealthy only give to charity to lower their tax burdens. I can’t afford to give to charity…I am my own charity! Also, I say taxes should be higher on money that is not earned……the people who live off the interest and dividends of their investments should be taxed much higher than those of us that earn our income by actually going to work…not by called our stockbroker while we sit at home in our bathrobe,,,,deciding which country club to go to for lunch!

October 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Posted by Rhys

It makes perfect sense. If Obama’s America is going to become the country his wife can be proud of, the Feds will have to negate all opposition and shut down all competition to the social programs that Obama will break all laws to create.

Charities do what the government can never do. They take care of the problems in our society — they don’t profess to solve the problems, just ease them for some — and charities make recipients feel human in the process. The faceless, unfair, unmoved, godless government hasn’t conscience, caritas, or remorse for the actions [or lack of actions] in these social programs.

The charities of America [and for America] stand as reminders that government has failed in its promises to the people. Charities are the competition to government. Charities must be nullified and their ranks vilified.

October 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Posted by Cynthia Losen

I am happy to pay taxes. Taxes pay my salary as a teacher.we should do a better job of being our brothers’ keepers. If we educate the poor, the apathetic, those without worknethics, we might instill in them the kinds of values to take them forward

    November 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Posted by Allen Baker

    It is impossible for someone who gets paid from tax revenue to pay taxes. Their total income comes from taxes other people pay, they add nothing to that sum, and in fact their salary lowers the amount available for other things. It is true their pay is lowered by the amount they would pay if they were working in the private sector, but that deduction only lowers the amount they draw from the funds paid by the private sector, and adds nothinng to the overall revenue available to run the government. To prove my point, suppose for a moment that everyone in the entire country worked for the government in one way or another. Where would the money to play their salaries come from?

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