Obama’s fight against charity

It’s getting scant attention:

Wallet A little-noticed provision in President Obama’s new $447 billion jobs bill seeks to limit tax deduction for charitable giving at 28 cents for every dollar donated, causing big waves along the front lines of those serving in rescue missions and crisis shelters across the country.

The provision in the bill will not only limit the generosity of private donors who give to rescue missions, but it will also hamper the ability of rescue missions to raise private dollars that pay for badly needed services for the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted, these mission groups fear.

“This is a time to increase incentives for all Americans to give; it’s not a time to experiment with disincentives,” John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), told The Christian Post Friday.

“There are some who argue, based on history, that those with a heart for the poor will still give, despite not having the significant tax break. But that’s not a proven fact.”

“Rescue missions and thousands of other nonprofits are on the front lines of the fight against rising poverty,” Ashmen stressed. “The president and Congress should be encouraging more giving to charities that help the poor, not discouraging private donors. “

Ashmen is focused on reversing this part of the president’s American Jobs Act and so are other mission directors in the U.S.

He also says pastors and priests should be encouraging their congregations to follow Jesus’ teachings and rush to the front lines of the war on poverty.

“We wholeheartedly support creating jobs that will help families escape poverty, but the president’s proposal to take money from charities to pay for his jobs bill will reduce help for the poor and homeless,” Ashmen maintained.

Seems that there are always hidden nuggets of poop in legislation this President pushes on America.

So much for transparency.

H/T Lex Communis.

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  • herddog505

    Ashmen is focused on reversing this part of the president’s American Jobs Act and so are other mission directors in the U.S.

    Once again, let me be perfectly clear: as I’ve said… er… written… many times before, how is this a “jobs act” when it seems principally devoted to newer ways to raise taxes?  False advertizing, I call it.

    He also says pastors and priests should be encouraging their congregations to follow Jesus’ teachings and rush to the front lines of the war on poverty.

    No, no, NO!  Jesus doesn’t want people to work through private organizations (and ESPECIALLY not churches!) to help the poor: Jesus wants us to send in more money to Uncle Sugar to help poor people.  And pay for green energy.  And jobs.  It’s for Teh Children!

    / sarc

    And as for this story getting scant attention, you’re danged tootin’ it is: MiniTru knows that even they can’t put lipstick on that pig.

  • Anonymous

    Bill Clinton best summed up the liberal perspective toward our money and what we do with it when, during his presidency he was asked at a press conference about the possibility of a middle-class tax break. Without digging out the actual quote: he acknowledged it was possible that they could establish a middle-class tax break. But he went on to say that the problem was that after they did that we might not spend that (extra) money in the right way. So there wasn’t going to be a middle-class tax break because they knew better where that money needed to be spent.

    Please don’t anyone demand that I dig that out, way too busy right now… and for the next several weeks.

    • I remember that – I’ll be your witness until someone reliable comes along or until Bob calls you a racist for bringing it up.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the problem here. All money and charity must be delivered from the government,not private individuals. How can we make sure that everyone looks to the government for charity and the help they need if individuals or private institutions do it? People must understand that they can trust in government to provide for them and care for them. It should be everyone’s personal motto ” In Government We Trust”.

    Do I really need a sarc switch?

  • Obama’s a Marxist.  Private charity means private wealth, so of course he is against it.

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