yesterday, representative john campbell (r, ca) introduced the "put your money where you mouth is" act.
a recognized fiscal leader in congress (and from california no less!) representative campbell says he introduced this legislation to allow individuals to make voluntary donations to the federal government over their taxes due by adding a line to the IRS tax form to more easily facilitate the making of donations.
recently when her and hubby's earnings came to light, hillary said "We didn't ask for George Bush's tax cuts. We didn't want them, and we didn't need them." indeed.
on monday the opinion pages of the wsj had this to say in response:
"With friends like Mr. Burkle, clearly they didn't. But her higher tax rates wouldn't merely hit those who make $109 million; they'd soak middle-class families that make $100,000 or $200,000 a year and hardly feel "rich." If the former first lady feels so strongly that she should pay more taxes, we suggest she lay off the middle class and instead write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the difference between the Clinton and Bush tax rates. She and her husband can afford it."
this proposed act seems to be the perfect solution, then, doesn't it?
today, in review and outlook the journal seems to agree. in a small piece on the proposed legislation, they quote rep. campbell saying in regards to the likes of the clintons, babs and warren buffet (there is just NO funny name to call that guy that would be immediately recognizable) "It's a great injustice that citizens wishing to fulfill their dream of paying more taxes cannot simply check a box on their 1040 form to make a donation."
so now the libs live guilt free AND help to pay down the national debt. what a country!
the irs already accepts donations and yet last year the total take of donations was only 2.6 million dollars. apparently these people only want to pay more if the goverment tells them they have to. seems like even the leftards want to hold onto their own money rather than give it to the government.
in a press release from the council for citizens against government waste (ccagw), yesterday:
"According to a 2007 Harris Interactive survey conducted on behalf of the Tax Foundation, only 2 percent of respondents claimed the amount of federal income tax they pay is too low, compared 58 percent of respondents who said that their taxes were too high.
Citizens already have an opportunity to contribute to a fund within the Department of the Treasury to reduce the federal debt. According to the Treasury, the lowest amount sent to the government was $744,675.06 in 2004, and the most was last year, a whopping $2,624,862.42."
hey, maybe the line on the tax return that they just have to fill in will make it more enticing. i mean with the current system they have to write out a whole separate check and take it to the post office and they probably won't have a stamp and the machine will be broken (or they won't have the change) and they'll have to stand in line. sheesh! i can understand why they don't donate now, it's just not convenient enough. yeah, that's the ticket!
it would be interesting to me to see the breakdown of the donations given to the irs. my guess is the vast majority of the money does not come from uber-rich liberals.
btw, i had some great photos for this post, but typepad's being retarded and won't let me insert any pictures. meanies!
i love this guy's thought process. put your money where your mouth is, indeed.