Habitat for Humanity
The Salvation Army
Children's Aid Society
Nurse Family Partnership
All of which are very reputable charities that do good work. I personally give to two of these each year. (without even being prodded, imagine that). It is a wonderful thing that they are trying to raise money for charity. But, one of the things that I find so amusing about this their website talks about helping the middle class. If you are in the middle class, Habitat for Humanity will not be building you a home. That is done for people who fall into the lower-income levels, as it should be. What exactly is their definition of the middle class?
James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal also points out some of the comedy of this exercise. One of the most obvious is that there is no way to know what your adjusted gross income for 2011 will be. You actually have to do your taxes for that information and there are many variables that could potentially change it. Another being that they tell you that the charitable donation is tax-deductible.
But the most obvious comedy of this is that progressives are outright admitting that private charities do a better job at helping the needy then the government ever can or will do. I have not only given money to Habitat to Humanity, I also have painted houses. What that family gets is beautiful housing, much better than any government funding housing for the needy. A home of their own, a little yard for children to have a safe place to play in. It may be small in some cases, but it is yours. From what I have seen of government housing, that isn't what you get, nor are you living in an neigborhood that is safe for your kids.
Ok, how much longer will take for them to realize that if you keep taxes lower people are able to use their money to help the less fortunate? Why do they want us to keep giving money to government that is full of fraud and inefficiencies? It boggles the mind. My real question is why don't they have the address to send the money to the treasury? Nothing is stopping someone from giving the government more money. Here is some info on how to do it. (It is called Financial Management Services, an oxymoron if I have heard one) You don't have to take advantage of the write-offs, as they obviously plan on doing. Truly, it is comical.
Crossposted at PotLuck