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Looks to me like to boy has taken care of what needed to be done and given generously.
How sad he didn't do what the left wants us to believe.
I was just reading a report about Romney's tax returns from his accountant. Looks like over the past 20 years, he averaged paying 20% in taxes.
So he actually DOES pay taxes????????????????????????????????????????
*rolls eyes* Yep... he donates to all those charities that spend their money in POLITICAL causes like fighting gay marriage.
I'm sure hungry people are very impressed.
This is why "churches" shouldn't be counted as charity unless they actually do something other than trying to propagate their morals. People get tax breaks for spreading their religion... effectively making every citizen pay for their propaganda.
I have been researching celebrities for an article on my blog and find that as soon as they begin making money, most of them donate millions of dollars to charities. Sandra Bullock donates about 5 million a year to all kinds of causes. Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Bono and Warren Buffett, have pledged to give away 95% of their lifetime wealth to various charities. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie give away much more than 4 million a year. So does George Clooney. It's not that much when you are that rich. But it doesn't make Mitt Romeny a Saint either.
None of those people are running for President either which seems to be the only place where all this matters.
While we are kinda on the subject...why do we pay so much attention to the opinions of our media celebrities? It's pretty much proven most of them have a pretty tenuous grip on reality to begin with.
I only mentioned celebrities because many of them are so generous with their money. It's always Republicans who make the claim the public is so stupid they will vote for anyone a celebrity endorses. That's demeaning to the American public. I doubt anyone actually goes out and vote for a President based on a celebrity endorsement, and agree with you that many of them do seem to have a loose screw or two.
Hey Jean I was not really trying to be demeaning but there are a lot of folks who do just that because they take their life cues from these folks. Why in the world else would you listen to someone like Rosanne Barr or Rosie O'Donnell about current affairs? Don't get me started about Sean Penn.
I know what you mean, and was not offended. Some of the Hollywood "Stars" are downright scary, and I'm rather liberal. Take Angelina Jolie, for one. Is she going to adopt a child from every country? And how does she manage to spend any time with them? Though it could be argued they are better off with a good babysitter or Brad .
The LDS Church feeds and otherwise helps many, many needy families. Anyway, all the $ didn't go to the church.
Ack! Choke! They only help needy Mormons in Utah.
They are really stiff about that 10% tithing.
Ever try researching? LDS Humanitarian Services has helped people in 163 nations, regardless of the religion or race of the recipients. They teach people to grow food, they provide vision care, they provide clean drinking water, they provide job training, and numerous other services. During natural disasters, the LDS is often "on the ball" even before groups like the Red Cross. By the way, Utah does not span 163 countries.
AND they do it all while handing out their literature and preaching their beliefs. They will build a village a well WHILE they are spreading their propaganda. It actually works out great for them... the poor souls feel an obligation to convert because of the "kindness" of the church.
BTW... I find it repugnant to have that tit-for-tat arrangement no matter what the faith... Now if a church wants to build a well and NEVER mention anything about their faith or beliefs while they are doing it then they have my full support and respect.
If a hurricane had just wiped out my village, and I was without food, water, shelter, or clothing, I honestly don't think I'd mind being handed a religious tract along with the help! lol
You have a point... although there is still something vaguely slimy about offering help with one hand and pushing an agenda at the same time. It is implied that to be properly appreciative of the help you should become a member of their religion. Think about it... If the same "help" was being offered but the helper was asking the people he/she was helping out for a date it would be considered sexual harassment as quid pro quo.
If the church (any church) truly wanted to help for the sake of helping then there would be no need to hand out religious tracts...the fact that they are preaching while helping just makes me believe that conversion is their goal and the good deeds are just a selling tactic.
BTW... I really do put my money where my mouth is on this one... when my church does their charity work it is expressed forbidden to have our church name displayed anywhere or to volunteer where our group comes from... if asked we can tell but we request that any further questions be answered by contacting the group at a future time. Now political functions our name is EVERYWHERE. That's just my church I'm not speaking for my whole religion. I don't know what other churches of the same faith do.
Mel, I see where you're coming from. I suppose for me, it would depend on how "pushy" the helpers were. For example, if they invited me to a service and left it at that, I wouldn't mind. I wouldn't like feeling that I had to attend in exchange for the assistance, though.
As a Mormon volunteer sent with money and resources from the LDS Humanitarian service, I can tell you that we do NOT push our agenda (at least all the time). In fact, much of the time we are told not to proselyte, so we don't. Giving service to those who need it is more important than making sure there's a religious message in there.
Oftentimes, we worked in conjunction with smaller churches from all sorts of denominations. We don't offer help conditional on hearing or accepting our message. We just offer help.
Please don't make assumptions that we sit and preach to people and then help them, or even preach as we help them. The most the church ever really does in terms of proselyting and providing aid service is maybe tucking a picture of Jesus alongside a package of food, and in many cases where the people we're helping would find it extremely offensive (I put together humanitarian kits for kids in India who are not Christian, for example, and we left out all religious affiliation) we leave that out.
So many incorrect claims....
Shanna... to be fair I've never been to every church in the world so yours might possibly be different... however your FAITH is guilty of doing exactly what I've said they do. I've witnessed it myself many times. Don't think I'm singling out Mormons either... I think I made mention that all religions... including my own... at some point fall victim to some innate need to convert. It's disgusting and opportunistic to do it while giving "aid". I'm glad that your church recognizes when it might be offensive to other countries. Now if ALL churches recognized that it was wrong to do to anyone anywhere then there would be honest giving without agendas.... how great would that be?
Again please don't get defensive... if Romney was a Unitarian and donated his money to the Unitarian church I would have said exactly the same thing. Actually more so. I have nothing against any particular religion specifically... just the tendencies of religions in general. I apologize for offending you but honestly I don't see any valid reason to exclude Mormons. They behave exactly the same way as the other denominations do.
LDS Humanitarian Services
From 1985 - 2009, $327.6 million in cash and $884.6 million in commodities of aid was given throughout 178 countries.
I couldn't find what charities Obama's Church supports although I am sure they probably or hopefully do, all I could find is that they want charitable contributions.
The tithing, the 10%, goes to build temples and chapels. The humanitarian offerings go toward the humanitarian needs. They are two separate offerings.
Hey Melissa...you don't think that goes on with the Democrat side of the ticket?
I thought all democrats were atheists and secularists... why would they be giving to churches?
But in a serious response... Does democrats doing it make it ok? Do you think it makes it ok in my mind if my own party does it? Do YOU think like that?
No I don't think it makes it ok and never said a word about the church.
My point is you can't seem to try and hold his feet to the fire without hearing something esoteric about Romney or someone else. If he can't handle it....which he can't....get out of the way.
Mitty who is the smallest ranks of income at the top 0.01 percent of earners paid more than he had to because he is running for president obviously. He paid 14.1% of his income. if had claimed the total amount of charity, plenty of people would be perpetually pissed off to know that a multi-millionaire paid a smaller amount of taxes than a person making in the"... the middle quintile of taxpayers – earning between $33,542 and $59,486 a year – had an effective direct federal tax rate of about 12 percent in 2011. ... Romney in July 2012 said “I don’t pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012 … one-elses/
So even Mittens is saying Mittens is not qualified!
Another thing that is quite odd, wasn't he quoted as saying that a person who paid more than one penny of tax to the Government which he didn't have to, was not fit for office of the President of the United States. Yet, he appears to have paid more than one penny more than he had to, once he was running for office of course. This guy appears to have either a very short memory, or, just isn't that bright.
True. He didn't take the full charity deduction to which he was entitled, apparently because if he had his tax rate would have been lower than his previously announced 14.1%. Just a little electioneering sleight of hand.
I'm rubbish with economics, but I heard today that when Romney's tax contributions were adjusted in real terms, it meant he'd paid around 2% in taxes. I can't in all honesty offer any validity to this source, but it may perhaps be worth investigating. I'm still of the mind that R doesn't even want to president, he's being pushed.
Oh well Hollie do you think our Socialist press is going to let the figures stand in a such a way that it looks like he did the right thing? Even if HE DID?
You haven't been paying attention if you think that. The game isn't oh look he was fair, it's beat him with a stick no matter what.
fine ignore basic economics and psychology.
JS, you do not have any real socialist media in the US, not really. The left wing appears to be pressuring him, and they are. However, I think Mitten's main problem is the right, I do. I don't believe that he wants this job, he's been pushed into it. Any far something group can be ruthless, they'll use and push whoever they can to further their own agenda, I think Mittens is realising this, too.
Sorry, didn't see your post when I posted mine. Dup content!
Why don't you deal in real dollars instead of 'talking point" percentages. Geez... the guy has paid MILLIONS in taxes, vs. hundreds, (maybe thousands), paid by non-rich taxpayers, but you ignore the dollars and focus on "talking point" percentages. Are you the type of person that would rather make 50% of a $1 sale of soda vs 10% of a $20 sale of a steak dinner?
Come on... the guy has paid MILLIONS in taxes and you want to equate percentages to "fair share"?
Or, are you implying he's a dummy for not taking advantage of ALL the loop holes in the system? Or do you consider charitable donations unimportant? Do they only help when the government controls them?
Geez... I love this.... two martinis at home and Hubpages political forums.... what could be better.
Because taxes are decided by percentage not by total quantity. I paid a higher percentage than Romney.
And yet, he did more to fund all the federal programs that we have in one year than you will in your entire life...
See how that works both ways?
See... a flat percentage-based tax is a progressive tax. If everyone paid 10%, it would tax the wealthy more than the poor.
It's really about dollars, in the end. Every bill the government pays, it pays with dollars. So the only thing that really matters, is how many dollars they bring in... not percentages.
Well actually utterly no to both those things. Romney pays more but in raw sum than I do but certainly not that much more, not even close.
Also no, it's not a progressive tax because it hurts the poor a lot more than the rich, when I was making coal miners wages %10 was the difference between being able to feed my family and not. The aim is not equality in number of dollars or even in percentage it's equality in impact on quality of life, I am happy to be taxed more because it won't affect my quality of life, at least not significantly I am very unhappy with the guy struggling to make his rent being forced to pay the same tax percentage as me, that makes no sense at all.
Tax is about making a sacrifice for the good of the nation, it's the extent of that sacrifice that should be equal.
I just knew a liberal would complain about Romney's not claiming all his charitable donations. Not all that long ago, on these very forums, some of you guys found it honorable that Biden didn't claim all his contributions to charity (supposedly). So...it's good and honorable when Biden does it, but it's baaaaad when Romney does it. Got it.
Do you know why Romney did this? It's because he made a promise that he wouldn't pay below a certain % in taxes. He was keeping his promise.
Holle, I'm honestly not at Liberal, honestly. He hasn't claimed all his charitable donations which means he has paid more than one penny tax that was due.(a fair bit more) So, why the speech about not paying more than one penny tax, what was that about? Was it just politicking, because he thought he'd get those on side who were opposed to higher taxes? What? Wouldn't it have been better for him to say I will pay more than my dues in taxes, when obligated or required? Don't get it! Or did he not know what the situation was with regards his charitable donations and his taxes when he made that statement?
This is where Mittens needs to come clean, was his speech just bravado, because he's been encouraged to bring on side those who don't like higher taxes? Or, is he more generous and duty bound? Philanthropic and has a strong commitment to civil society? He needs to clarify, how can people truly vote for him if they don't understand him?
Lol. This is really trivial, especially when compared to many reversals and outright falsehoods Obama has committed, like promising no earmarks in the spending bill, promising to exclude lobbyists from policy-making, numerous lies about the ACA, etc, etc. Politifact has several pages of these "Obama facts," if you care to read them.
Romney gave large donations to charities LONG before he decided to run for office. It's an important part of the Mormon doctrine. If he never donated before he threw his hat in the ring, then yeah, that would be pretty bad.
I'm not comparing him to Obama, (for better or worse, sounds like a wedding ceremony ;lol;) I don't understand him. I don't understand why he would say something like that when the facts indicate differently. I'm honestly beginning to wonder if he really wants to be Prez or he's been manipulated into this situation. He comes across as not very bright, yet, I think there's more to it.
Some people are having the same thoughts as you. I'll give him this: he's a terrible campaigner. lol
If idiot Bush43 could get elected and then REELECTED - any warm body as POTUS would be good enough for government work.
Totally disgusted.No wonder voter turn out is low and get the gov't they deserve for not voting. It really does count - I plan to write in a protest vote, I always do. no dems - no reps only inds.
I didn't complain about anything and I don't even remember the Biden thing. I just don't think donations to Churches with political agendas - and this includes my own church that definitely has political agendas- should be allowed to be claimed as charitable donations... either on taxes or for brownie points. I'll go even further and say that donations to ANY charity with a political agenda shouldn't count for either as well.
This is the first election where I don't like either of the main candidates, even one little bit.
Romney can donate all the money he wants to LDS or other charities. Doesn't mean he knows how to lead.
Obama can talk that talk, and move people with his very good public speaking skills. But it doesn't mean he's a good leader (clearly he isn't, with the country this divided).
Why is doing this?
Either release the actual returns -- and 10 years would be plenty (the years people really want to see are 2008 and 2009, although some others may wish to see them all).
Or else continue with the previous stance of "We've given you people all we're going to" and stick by it.
Does the "average" tax rate of 20% over 20 years mean anything? Prove anything?
Why also put out there today his medical record?
The timing of these seems extremely random and like a distraction tactic.
Not to mention yet another flip-flop.
I felt like he was doing it as a reply to Reid's claims that Mitt didn't pay ANY income taxes. I could be wrong, though. According to my husband, I've erred once or twice - but I think he's mistaken.
Has Harry Reid been making that claim again? I thought that was old news -- like so last month.
Probably resurrected because of the 47% brouhaha.
This still does not prove there were no years he paid no taxes.
He just gave the average effective tax rate over 20 years.
I'm not even going to speculate.
There's a whole army of critics jumping all over the taxes.
But I gotta say, I shake my head about his comment (being bandied about quite a bit tonight) that if he would not deserve to be president if he paid MORE than his fair share.
And then releases his 2011 return where he did, in fact, overpay.
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't...
I'm sorry... there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving something to people who need it and also offering to share a religious message.
I've seen LDS giving, and never got the slightest hint of 'We're doing this for you, so you should/need to listen to us'.
There's nothing wrong with offering to share a message.
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