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Friday, December 31, 2010

Give It Back

Surprisingly, I’m all in favor of this:

If a dysfunctional political process leads to bad fiscal policy — a pretty good first approximation of the current state of play in Washington and the tax deal it produced — what are ordinary citizens to do?  Can citizens make shadow fiscal policy that at least partially counteracts the government’s?

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The most fortunate citizens can convert their inefficient and unfair tax cuts into good fiscal policy.  Rather than saving their new-found after-tax income, citizens who can afford it should donate their tax cuts to charities that promote the kinds of stimulative programs that better government policy would provide.

We’ve built a website to help achieve this — www.giveitbackforjobs.org enables citizens to calculate their approximate tax cuts and, acting in concert, give them back to appropriate charities. Acting together matters here. First, each participant encourages others to join as well.  Second, by tying giving to tax policy, donors emphasize that they are not giving out of private grace, but from a shared sense of the obligations of citizenship.  They practice political philanthropy.

Normally, you’d think this is the kind of thing I’d oppose.  But I think it’s great on a number of levels.  First, it will give the left wing a chance to put their money where their mouths are.  If they think the tax cuts are such shitty policy, they can give them up.  Second, I expect this effort to a complete dud.  Survey and survey has shown that liberals are far less generous with their own money than they are with other people’s.  Nothing can expose that better than a failed campaign to “give back” the “tax cuts for the rich” that they don’t deserve.

In short, this will show us what people really think about the tax cuts.  I’m not holding my breath. 

Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/31/10 at 11:55 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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