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The Federal Government Charity Fight is Not Over

 

            Do you remember all the wrangling at year-end over the budget deal?  Well, while a deal was struck, it was only temporary.

             The fight continues. 

             Congress has to overcome partisan politics to come up with a game winning solution to deal with the massive federal deficit.  Much is at stake.  As Congress looks to deal with the deficit, spending cuts are in order.  Keep in mind that these spending cuts are not optional.  They are absolutely necessary.

            But with the spending cuts the next logical question becomes what cuts will be made.  In the past, it was easy to target the defense budget and so called “pork projects.” In truth, no one wants his or her budget to be cut.

            The growing worry is how Congress will look at charity.  It is easy to eye the charitable deduction as a pot of money to tap.  But the view is misguided.  Charity operates as part of the social service ecosystem. 

             Let’s be honest if you cut out the natural predators, then the deer population escalates, which leads to overgrazing, car accidents and an entire series of unintended consequences. 

            Likewise, if Congress attempts to cut the charitable deduction, then we’ll see a whole set of services that would have to shift to government agencies incapable of delivering the service.  Or worse, there will be a whole set of people that will not receive service. 

            These are real choices that have to be made.  What do you think?

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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