Posts Tagged ‘charity


Dad is in need of help!

The last time I saw my Dad before he drove home and I am hoping not the last.

The last time I saw my Dad before he drove home and I am hoping not the last time I see him.

Things have been a little stressful around my house here lately as my pops has gone ill.

He drove out here the second week of March to see my brother and myself as well as checking off two of his bucket list items – drive cross country in a convertible and see some Cincinnati Reds spring training games. He was able to see three games and his two boys and then headed home. Upon returning home he has been bed-ridden, unable to eat (no appetite), and unable to hold anything down if he does eat. He has been taken to the doctor but they cannot tell anything without testing.

And that is the catch – he has no insurance and is not eligible to get on a state program so all his medical care is up to us siblings. At the very least he needs a colonoscopy and probably some blood work.

If you don’t know my Dad then I’d like you to know that he is one of the most laid people, always happy, and always optimistic. He hates to inconvenience people – even when it comes to his health he would rather suffer than bother someone. While that might work for a heartburn, that doesn’t work when you are staying in bed for 20+ hours a day and unable to eat either due to the pain of eating or simply because you can’t hold it down. Even in the above picture I am pretty sure he was in pain – but didn’t want to inconvenience my brother or myself by saying so and “ruining his trip.”

I don’t like asking for donations but I think that charity is one thing that is great about people. My dad has always embraced the idea of charity – he was the guy who waited to be the last one at the drive-in movies to jump anyone that ran their battery down, would give his life savings to his sibling just because they asked, would mow the neighbors grass if he knew they were sick/old, or buy the less fortunate a burger who was begging on the corner. His willingness to donate to charity even if he wasn’t in the best position to do so has definitely been something that has stuck with me and been adopted to me in my own life.

So if you have anything to donate, it would be welcome. If you have any connections to any medical outreach programs in Dayton, Ohio, that is also very welcome as it is extremely hard to do all this from Arizona! Simply click the logo below if you’d like to donate – anything helps!gfm


Even Elected Officials Need to Sacrifice to Balance the Budget

I like this guys idea about Congress leading by example. Original here.
This is when everyone gets angry at me because I am somehow raising taxes for them or someone they know.
But government spending needs to be reduced. We make $2 trillion and spend $3.5 trillion.
That is simply too much money. China has four or five times the population of the U.S. and spends less than we do.

Shared sacrifice requires all people to give up something so the prosperity of this fine nation can be maintained.

My first idea is to cut every government employee’s salary by 5 percent and those government salaries above $125,000 by 10 percent.

All members in Congress, however, would lead by example and take a 40 percent salary cut. The pay for their staffs and budgets would be cut by 20 percent.

However, in years when the government runs a deficit above $500 million, government salaries in the next year will be cut by an additional 10 percent and congressional salaries will be cut by another 40 percent.

This will make government employees think twice before foolishly spending money or attempting to expand government.

However, in years when the United States has a surplus above $100 million, government employee salaries will increase by 30 percent during the next year from the previous year and congressional salaries will expand by 50 percent.

This idea will put government’s interests in alignment with the rest of the country.

My second idea is for any government official who is convicted of accepting any bribe to receive a 10-year prison term. They also should serve the first 9 months of their term in the general prison population.

Idea #2: Any member of Congress convicted of accepting a bribe will get a 20 year minimum prison term and will be forced to serve the first one year in the general prison population — and not some federal prison with tennis courts.

Politicians and government officials should get harsher sentences than some poor scared teenager who steals to feed his family. This will guarantee that government workers will be less apt to sell their power and will think twice about doing anything dishonest.

In the old days folks who committed treason were hung and disputes in Congress were fought with duels.

My third idea is for a flat 15 percent “death tax” for all estates above $10 million, even if it is given to charity.

Warren Buffett talks about paying his fair share but skirts the estate tax with the bulk of his wealth. This behavior is incongruent and unfair.

If Mr. Buffett wants to give his $70 billion estate to charity, let the country get $10.5 billion and the charity get $59.5 billion.

If your estate is less than $10 million, why should you pay a 55 percent tax if you want to give it to your family, while the richest men like Bill Gates and Mr. Buffett pay nothing?

Under my plan, below $10 million, you would pay nothing. After all, you have been paying taxes all your life on the income.


Conservatives Donate With Their Hearts


Conservatives donate with their hearts. Liberals donate through taxation of the rich.


Who Is More Charitable? – Red or Blue States?

It is my very general – and limited – experience that most Democrats believe that they are out to “help the less fortunate.” Their proof? That Democrats are more avid about creating social welfare programs and are more likely to raise taxes on those in the upper tax brackets (vs the Repubicans lowering taxes on those in the upper tax brackets). Democrats make bills that take taxpayer dollars and give it to those in poverty.
So one would think (at least I would) that if the Democratic people have a greater desire to “help the needy” that they would donate far more than Republicans who are “only out to get richer” (as people to the left accuse the right of). However, to the right is a graphic of Red vs Blue states and their charitable donations (this data is from 2004).
I find it highly odd that rich states such as California, New York, and Illinois are below the half way mark of 25. In other words, the top 25 states who donate the most to charity are all…. Republican?
This list is not made by some Republican hubba-baloo show-off either… it is made by the folks at Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Why are so many Democrats so quick to say how much they want to give to the less needy, but they are so hesitant to actually donate to the needy? I can only think of one reason… They want to give to the needy, but they don’t want to personally give to the needy. They would rather the government take from the rich and give to the poor instead of them personally giving what they can give. Of course, the Generosity Index only uses old IRS papers and the deductions reported therein. The Index also doesn’t use the cost of living in their factors. However, I would still wage my bet that there are more rich people in California than Mississippi, therefore, they should be able to donate more – but they don’t (unless they just donate and don’t report it).

The Most Generous Nation in the World

For some reason, Americans have a reputation for being greedy. Perhaps it’s because so many people have been conditioned to associate capitalism with greed. The truth is, the United States is the most generous nation in the world. This chart shows the top ten countries ranked by private charitable contributions.

Arthur C. Brooks, Director of the NonProfit Studies Program at Syracuse University, conducted a study on charitable giving a couple of years ago, and published the following findings.

70 percent of Americans give to charity each year, and do so at far higher levels than people in other developed nations: three times as much as the British, four times as much as the French, and seven times as much as the Germans…

Why are Americans so much more generous than our European counterparts, many of whom look down on us as being mercenary and crass? (more)


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"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

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