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PARADIGM_L0ST
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3/4/2011 4:21:46 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
FACT: The private, charitable donations of United States citizens attribute the largest amount of foreign aid in the world, surpassing even the U.S. government. Of the $122.8 billion dollars spent on foreign aid, $95.5 billion was given by private donation, accounting for 79% of the total charity.

However, if many citizens assume the U.S. government will help those in need, how many others simply do not bother giving private donations at all, or in a reduced amount, because they are [falsely] relying on their government to do their charity for them?

In other words, don't get all sanctimonious and feel like you helped when all you did was allow the government to debit your paycheck for taxes.

Is foreign aid even necessary when private charity involves more interpersonal contact, where the aid is directly given to those in need, allowing funds to be spent more economically and more effectively?

When governments act as middlemen, getting in between the giver and the receiver, there is almost always an inherent waste and mismanagement of funds. Waste and fraud is doubled when those funds are taken from citizens represented by the United States government and given to foreign governments for distribution to the needy.

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Ore_Ele
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3/4/2011 4:31:29 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I know the OP mentioned foriegn aid in particular, but the argument can be extended to all forms of charity.

http://www.hks.harvard.edu...

http://hamptonroads.com...
http://www.cityweekly.net...
http://www.tcpalm.com...

There are alot of stories, but this gets the general point across.

Sadly, there is also plenty of fraud in the private sector, and while some organizations are able to be more efficient with donations (typically through the use of volunteers rather then paid employees), there are also plenty of organizations that will just pocket your donations and keep the money for themselves.
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juvanya
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3/6/2011 12:21:03 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Tax deductions for charity dont increase charity. I figured out a simple, logical proof a few months ago.

Lets say you make $100,000 a year. Tax is 25%, so you pay $25,000 a year. You decide to give $10,000 to charity. So that is deducted from your income to make the taxation rate at $90,000. You now pay $22,500 in taxes ($2500 less than prior). People argue that tax deductions encourage charity, but why would someone give $10,000 away to get $2500 back, when they can just pay the $2500 and keep the other $5000? The conclusion is that the $10,000 is going to be given to charity, regardless of taxation. Thus, we would be better off not stealing that $25,000 from them, so they can give MORE than $10,000 to charity (maybe even all $35,000).

Therefore, taxation should be completely abolished.