Government Charity Is Your Charity?
Bill Quick

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MONEY, MEET MOUTH: Those who strongly agreed that “the government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” gave away $140 on average to charity. Among those who strongly disagreed, the average gift was $1,637.

The sourcing of this conclusion may be a bit sketcy, but assuming that it is true, I don’t find it in the least surprising.  If you pay taxes, and you assume that it is the government’s responsibility to take a portion of that payment to address income inequality, why would you “give” more?

Now, if you don’t pay taxes, that’s a different story.  Then you’re just a moocher looking for excuses.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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  1. I don’t give anything to charities because I don’t trust them. I give to deserving individuals. Not much in the past couple years but that’s mostly because I’ve been so broke. (A not-insignificant part of that brokedness is taxation. Have I mentioned that in 2011 my combined taxes-and-fees load was over 50% of my gross income? Have I mentioned how utterly fucking delighted I was about that?)