Charity, done right, is a double gift. In addition to the obvious benefits to the recipient, it transforms the giver. The left hasn’t figured this part out yet. By donating our time and resources, we create stronger, more resilient communities.
Mandatory “charity through taxes” loses any benefit…
We agree here but how do you feel is the best way to get resources to those less fortunate on the other side of the globe or should we in our respective locations worry about that? Sounds like you think multiple smaller charities with maybe a narrow geographical focus would work better. Maybe we could create a system like Neighborhoodr for charities. I have some for instances of how this can work and will provide those examples through the framework of a Chicago Dream Team inspired by the Mayoral Forum last night which is not in the headlines. The debate last Friday however did have brief mention. My thought is that local charities and municipalities should have a more open and visable dialogue but then again, these instutions are in many cases competing. I do like Rahm’s idea of taxing luxury services. This could cover the shortfall if taxes were to be reduced otherwise.