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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Come to This: Yale, Cornell Professors Start Website Asking Rich to Give Bush Tax Cuts to Charity


A new website is encouraging the richest Americans to give their tax cuts to charity.

Four professors from Yale and Cornell universities created the Give It Back for Jobs website after Republicans forced President Barack Obama to extend Bush-era tax cuts for even the wealthiest Americans.

"Quite possibly, the President had no good alternative," the site noted. "All the Bush tax cuts, not just those for the wealthy, were scheduled to expire at the end of this month, jeopardizing an already fragile economic recovery.

"But we citizens need not abandon ourselves to this failure of government. Instead, ordinary Americans, acting together, can create shadow fiscal policy. By acting together, we can set the country moving toward a just prosperity.

"Americans who have the means should refuse to surrender to Senate Republicans. We should act, together, to give back our Bush tax cuts, by making donations to organizations that promote fairness, economic growth, and a vibrant middle class," the site added.

I fully expect those people that were begging to pay more taxes, like Warren Buffet, to pony up the bucks, now. Right?

The name of the site, Give It Back For Jobs, is a bit of a misnomer, considering some of the suggested charities listed, like Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Children's Aid Society and Nurse Family Partnership, have absolutely nothing to do with creating jobs or have little to do with economic growth.

Now, I have nothing against giving the money to charity, but they don't have to politicize it. Giving to charity is a great thing and should be encouraged, but not to make a political point.

Also, I believe that they've inadvertently stumbled on one of the reasons why the GOP and conservatives like the tax cuts. They would much rather see the money go into the hands of charities, where the chance of waste is minimal, than in the government's hands, where waste is rampant and almost a certainty.

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