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Charity: Let the other guy do it

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We have many people that want to be elected president and many others already elected representing us in various positions, that do not give any sort of reasonable amounts to charity. Many of them also speak in a self-righteous way extolling us on how much they care and how we need to do more for each other. Yet, they don’t practice what they preach.

I have my favorite charities as I am sure most everyone else does. I also have some general charities I feel a responsibility to support that provide important social and welfare services and medical research that I feel that my contributions when added to many others will perhaps create some great good. These public people do not contribute even minimal support to any of these. I know this because I have seen analyses of their tax returns which indicate embarrassingly low charitable contributions.

Now, let’s drill down to a most basic obligation. They all belong to churches, attend services and use whatever facilities churchgoers use. They should feel a need to make sure that their fellow church members that are not as well off as they are, are taken care of in some way according to the judgment of the priest, minister, pastor, imam, rabbi or what other name the officiating religious leader is known as; however, they do not even contribute to their churches.

It would be the right thing to do to contribute to the many non-personal use charities, but to neglect their religious organization – that they regularly use – is inexcusable. They are takers and then take some more and feel no responsibility to even support their own religious organizations. That is just not right. Yet, they ask for our support with our votes.

Not giving represents an arrogant attitude of entitlement. Who are they to be entitled to let the other guy do it for them?

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